So it’s not surprising that you want your baby to join in on the fun. Yet it’s generally a good idea to wait until your child is old enough to hold their head up on their own — usually about four to five months — before considering allowing them anywhere near your pool.
Keep Your Baby Safe
Backyard pools are fun. But you also have to be practical and recognize that they are a potential drowning hazard.
Here are five ways you can keep your baby safe when they are around your backyard swimming pool.
5. Never Leave Them Unsupervised
Even if your child is not yet walking, you should never leave them near your pool or any type of water — a lake, a bucket of water, or even a puddle — without adult supervision.
Don’t be tempted to leave your child alone for any reason. That’s why it’s always a good idea to bring your phone with you rather than having to run inside for a moment if you hear it ringing.
4. Learn Baby CPR
Be prepared for any emergency. Take a baby CPR course at your local Red Cross or firehouse to learn what to should something tragic happen. It may save your child’s life.
3. Remove Toys from the Water and Deck When Done
After you are finished swimming, remove all toys from the water and around your pool to discourage your child from being tempted to play in or around your pool when you aren’t around.
2. Don’t Dunk Your Baby Underwater
Infants don’t have a developed immune system so they are more susceptible to bacteria, viruses and other dangers in the water should they accidentally swallow water.
1. Always Use a Personal Flotation Device
Anytime your child is near the water, make sure they are wearing a personal flotation device that has been approved by the US Coast Guard. Make sure it fits properly.