As you probably noticed when giving Baby a bath, your little one is very sensitive to the water temperature of the bath.
Pool temperature for Baby is no different. Babies are unable to regulate their own body temperature. According to Stanford Children’s Health:
“A baby’s body surface is about three times greater than an adult’s, compared to the weight of his/her body. Babies can lose heat rapidly, as much as four times more quickly than adults.” // StanfordChildrens.org
This means that when it comes to your baby, you need to be extra careful. In spite of an urge to dive into a pool on a hot summer day, you have to know that your baby is not prepared for this. Instead, you first need to make sure that the water temperature is adequate for your baby.
Babyswimming.com suggests an ideal temperature for babies is 90 to 92 degrees Fahrenheit, or 32 degrees Celsius.
Most adult swimmers are comfortable in waters of 70 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, so if you’re testing out the water with your hands or feet first it should feel warm to you.
Ease baby into the water
Put your baby’s hands or feet in the water first and pay attention to how Baby reacts. If your baby is happy and smiling, use your hands to splash baby’s body gradually so the baby can get used to the water temperature.
If Baby starts shivering, looks like she’s having muscle spasms, or shows any signs of distress take her out and dry her off immediately. The air can feel very cool to her wet skin.
While you are in the water with your baby, pay attention to Baby’s lips, fingers, and toes. If they turn purple, your baby is too cold. Take her out of the pool immediately, dry her off, wrap her in a dry towel or blanket, and hold her tight so your body heat can warm her.
Swimming gear can help baby stay warm
Wetsuits and latex swimming caps can help your baby stay warm, even if the water is a bit cooler than the recommended pool temperature for Baby. When considering a wetsuit, make sure you choose one that is a perfect size so your baby will feel comfortable while in the water. There are special wetsuits for babies with a convenient zipper opening for easy diaper changes.
While at the pool, pay attention to how your baby reacts and her general mood. Most babies love playing in the water, but some may be more hesitant when they first enter the pool. Make sure your baby is happy and feels comfortable all the time. Pay close attention. Any signs of distress, such as shakiness, crying, or hands and feet turning purple must be addressed immediately.
No hot tubs for Baby
Water that’s too hot is just as dangerous for baby as water that’s too cold. If the pool temperature for Baby should be around 90 degrees Fahrenheit, the 100-104 degree hot tub temperature is too hot!
Here’s what the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals recommends:
“Infants and toddlers should not be permitted in a hot tub at all as babies’ thin skin makes them more susceptible to overheating. No young child should be allowed in a hot tub until they can stand on the bottom and have their head remain completely out of the water.” // APSP.org
As with any water-based activities, paying close attention to your baby is the most important thing. We hope you enjoy your summer, and we hope Baby enjoys the pool!
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