If I want to take DD (6weeks) swimming, what does she wear?
I know people who have just put the baby in a tiny swimming costume without a nappy.
I know people who have put a nappy with an outer thing on.
The local baby swimming group promotes a wetsuit thing with a long legged swim nappy thing - I'm not sure whether you have to put a nappy under it and, if so, which sort.
Ideally, we'd like to be in the pool as long as possible (15/20 minutes?). Local leisure pool with a baby bit but not outdoor-pool-in-Spain warm. Slightly warmer than the real swimming pool but with water jets and bubbly bits. DD is 8lb so needs to fit her and preferably last for a while. Needs to be quite cheap but I know it's not dirt cheap.
Swim nappy and a warm wet suit wrap thing. Swimming pools and changing rooms are hot beds for germs so I would wait till vaccinations are over but that’s just me! Swimming is lovely with babies and they really enjoy it.
Take a bath towel to pool side with you as well, so you can wrap her up as she comes out of the water to stop her getting cold. When we took baby DS swimming he only lasted 30 minutes then wanted a feed and then fell asleep in my arms - I had to go back to the pool with sleeping DS to get DH out as he was expecting us to come back and carry on swimming. Don't expect to be in too long.
Depends on pool temp. One childrens pool near us is not heated and so we use the little wetsuit swimsuit thing and swim nappy. Another pool is delightfully warm so just a normal swimming cozzie. The website should tell you the temp.
Happy nappy (neoprene shorts) is the only one that catches poo, and even then it's not cast iron.
Disposable swim nappy under so if she poos it's easier to clean up
At that age I'd use neoprene body wrap too and not stay in for very long. Babies lose body heat very quickly when wet due to greater ratio of surface area. I would personally wait till after the 8 week jabs too.
With reference to vaccinations, there is nothing that your baby will be vaccinated against that they are at any risk of catching from a swimming pool, apart from polio. The last case of polio in this country was, I believe, in the seventies, so you'll be fine.
Both of mine went in a pool before their jabs and have been in swimming lessons from 10 weeks so up to you if you feel happy before then, our swim school says it's fine. Maybe think about a reusable swim nappy if you plan to go a lot, we have one and it's been great so far as we swim once a week so saves money in the long run. Also I didn't know but disposable swim nappies only hold poo so if they are just wet you can reuse them once dry, someone told me this on holiday when I had a huge pack of swim nappies in my bag!
If you can find out the temp of the pool beforehand that will help. I was advised to wait until baby was at least 13lbs if the pool was less than 28 degrees. If it’s a hydrotherapy pool it’s much warmer and you can go without worrying about baby getting cold.
I’d also recommend the swim nappy plus neoprene nappy combination and a neoprene wrap top to keep warm