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to let my kids go in the hot tub?

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2snugglets Wed 22-Jun-16 20:20:05

Got a hot tub yesterday as a birthday surprise and the two DDs were so excited to have a go, we had to wait till today for it to warm up. So after dinner me and DD6 and DD2 got in and they absolutely loved it. It wasn't long before I saw the added benefits and DD2 who is normally a nightmare to get to sleep started to talk really slowly and acting all sleepy, she was sat on my knee most of the time and relaxing and just enjoying the warm water. I got her out and dried, pj's and milk...she was flat out and snoring by 6:45!!
So now I'm left wondering if this is just an awesome way to help her get sleepy or whether I'm doing something wrong?

PrincessIrene Wed 22-Jun-16 20:20:52


Wolfiefan Wed 22-Jun-16 20:21:47

Ages? I would let very young kids in it.

2snugglets Wed 22-Jun-16 20:22:09


2snugglets Wed 22-Jun-16 20:23:31

They are two and six, it was the two year old who it see,ex to relax the most. We were in it 10 minutes and she was probably asleep within 20 minutes of getting out.

cuntinghomicidalcardigan Wed 22-Jun-16 20:24:40

<<orders hot tub to 'fix' ds' nightly battle>>

teenmumandsowhat Wed 22-Jun-16 20:25:25

My parents have a hot tub, and my kids love it, they think it's like a mini swimming pool.
means I don't actually have to take them to a proper swimming pool

Wolfiefan Wed 22-Jun-16 20:26:15

A two year old? No way. Advice seems to be at the very least over five. For much shorter than 10 minutes and not turned up too hot. Probably sleepy due to overheating or dehydrating.

2snugglets Wed 22-Jun-16 20:26:58

Had to send the evidence to Dh she's not been asleep before 9 - 9:30 for months!

TrollTheRespawnJeremy Wed 22-Jun-16 20:27:59

The reason that they don't let small children in hot tubs is that they can't self regulate their body temperatures, so the heat shouldn't be all the way up and they shouldn't fully submerge themselves.

kitchenunit Wed 22-Jun-16 20:33:43

Young kids in hot tubs is a uk thing. I've lived in plenty of countries where kids is hot tubs isn't a "thing". No rule against it.

Also pregnant women in hot tubs. Perfectly normal outside the uk.

SecretNutellaFix Wed 22-Jun-16 20:36:03

Children shouldn't go in a hot tub until they can stand in the deepest part and their entire head is out of the highest water level and even then for no more than 5 minutes. Otherwise they might overheat.

MrsKCastle Wed 22-Jun-16 20:37:19

My in-laws have a hot tub and my DDs have been going in it from a young age. Not turned up too high, but it has never seemed to do them any harm.

TrollTheRespawnJeremy Wed 22-Jun-16 20:38:39

Just because there isn't a rule against it doesn't mean it's not in the child's best interests kitchenunit.

If it's private usage then it's the parent's discretion but I'd expect them to make an informed choice. And not do a Daily Mail sadface if something goes wrong because they haven't listened to the best practise.

kitchenunit Wed 22-Jun-16 20:39:38

Given that the recommended temp for a baby's bath is 36/37 degrees and most hot tubs aren't any warmer than that, I really can't see the issue.

MumOnTheRunCatchingUp Wed 22-Jun-16 20:39:43

What's the point of a relaxing ( adult) hit tub if you are in and out of it dealing with kids? Not very relaxing

No. Some things are for adults only. Is nothing sacred anymore? Why do kids have to 'have a go' with everything?

DollyBarton Wed 22-Jun-16 20:47:22

Uh oh. The parenting police have arrived.....

SquinkiesRule Wed 22-Jun-16 20:47:35

My friends had a hot tub and all the adults and kids would be in and out of it in summer. They didn't put the bubbles on till all the little kids were out, but it was bathwater warm and very relaxing.
They made all the kids with long hair tie it up out of the way after someone in the same area had lost a little girl in the grandparents hot tub when paying, she went under and her hair was sucked in and caught in the suction, they couldn't get her lose in time.

ShatnersBassoon Wed 22-Jun-16 20:49:19

Let them enjoy it until it becomes a fully fledged sex pond this weekend.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 22-Jun-16 20:49:30

Children shouldn't go in a hot tub until they can stand in the deepest part and their entire head is out of the highest water level and even then for no more than 5 minutes. Otherwise they might overheat.

Why is this more likely in a hot tub than a bath?

ShatnersBassoon Wed 22-Jun-16 20:52:23

I suppose children aren't usually fully submerged in a bath. There's a lot of skin out of the water to help them regulate their temperature more effectively.

kitchenunit Wed 22-Jun-16 20:53:38

sex pond <vom>

SecretNutellaFix Wed 22-Jun-16 20:54:50

Bathtubs are not as deep as hot tubs, and the whole body isn't typically submerged in a bathtub whereas it is expected to be so in a hot tub. So, a child sitting in a bath tub typically isn't sitting in 39 degree water up to their neck. Most adults I know who have a hot tub (not many) set the hot tub to maximum temp.

MrsSpecter Wed 22-Jun-16 20:57:47

I would let them go in it once, the first time it was filled. Then i'd burn the thing. <grim>

InionEile Wed 22-Jun-16 21:02:48

We have a hot tub and my 4 year old has been in it a couple of times for a short while and seemed fine, not full heat and not with the full bubbles on. I wouldn't let my 1.5 year old in because she's still in nappies (ugh) and she's small enough where she could overheat.

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