Health & Safety

You and your babies Health and safety are very important to us therefore;

Parents With Babies and young children; Babies need to wear swimming nappies and cover pants. If you of your child  has had a diarrhoeal illness in the last two weeks you should not use the pool. Ring us for more advice. Make sure you use the toilet and shower yourselves before you enter the pool.

Can my baby go swimming before or after vaccinations?

You can take your baby swimming at any age, both before and after they have been vaccinated. It doesn’t matter if they haven’t completed their course of vaccinations yet. The management of some leisure facilities may suggest that babies shouldn’t go swimming until they have had all of their jabs. However, this advice probably dates back to when polio was common and people were concerned it could spread in busy places like public swimming pools. There hasn’t been a case of polio reported in the UK for over 10 years. The Department of Health recommends that you can take your baby swimming from a very young age. There is no need to wait until they have been vaccinated.

Vaccine side effects: Sometimes babies experience side effects after a vaccination. These are generally quite mild and should not prevent you taking your baby swimming. However, babies who are feverish or who get a mild form of mumps in the weeks after the MMR vaccine, may not feel up to swimming for a few days, so you may prefer to wait.

I’m a new mum and am keen to get my baby used to the water. How soon can I take him swimming?

It’s best that you wait until six weeks after your baby’s birth before you go swimming. If you go swimming sooner there is a chance you may pick up an infection. If you’ve had a caesarean section or a tear your health visitor or GP may recommend that you wait longer than six weeks. 

If you are keen for your baby to be introduced to swimming before he is six weeks old your partner, or someone else, can take him. Some private baby swim classes start as early as four weeks but most start at six weeks. 

There is no need to wait until your baby is immunised as the chlorine in the pool will kill off any germs.

Baby swim classes tend to use small, warm pools which are ideal for tiny tots. If you plan to use a big public swimming pool wait until your baby is six months old. Before that, the water will be too cold for him. He may also be put off by all the noise and activity.

Most babies up to six months of age can actually swim, with your help, of course! If you start early you can take advantage of your baby’s natural ability to do primitive strokes. Also, your baby’s inbuilt gag reflex is generally at its strongest before six months. This means that he can hold his breath under water without thinking about it.

Keep swimming times short at first. Don’t stay in for more than 30 minutes and take your baby out if he starts to shiver or looks like he’s had enough. 

Give swimming a miss if your baby is unwell or tired. And if your baby has started solids, don’t take him swimming straight after a meal.