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When to take a newborn swimming ??

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Fedup1992 Mon 24-Feb-14 19:15:06

So I'm bit confused... Nhs website and water babies say u don't need to wait to take a baby swimming! I'll take him to a heated pool especially for babies....

But then other people have said "oooh no wait till he's had his injections he could get ill"

But surely If the nhs professionals say u can go before injections, that is okay. And if a baby is gunna get ill he's gunna get I'll wether they are in a heated pool or out in a shopping centre??

Really don't know what to do xxx

Fedup1992 Mon 24-Feb-14 19:15:33

By the way he's two weeks old xxx

Blueberry234 Mon 24-Feb-14 19:25:37

You can take him anytime :-)

TheScience Mon 24-Feb-14 19:27:27

You can take him whenever you want, but I can't imagine wanting to take a newborn swimming. What will he get out of it?

Bugsylugs Mon 24-Feb-14 19:32:06

You can take when ever you like. Babies are not puppies you do not need to wait until after vaccines. if you did would you wait until 4 months or a year or after pre school vaccines? It would mean no socialising for the newborn and mum.

For the mum you need to wait until the discharge has stopped.

Go and enjoy it I got my lo a little wet suit really recommend

Quodlibet Mon 24-Feb-14 19:32:23

The injection thing is nonsense - your child is not going to get diphtheria from the swimming pool!

My baby is 10 wks and I am starting to think she might be nearly ready for a little dip. When they are tiny it would just be overwhelming. They can only stay in the water a short time before they get cold/tired/hungry and I reckon that up til now the amount of time I'd spend faffing in the changing room vs the amount of time she'd enjoy being in the water would make the enterprise pretty pointless.

PenguinsEatSpinach Mon 24-Feb-14 19:34:36

You can go any time. The issue is with cold. A baby wetsuit and only staying in a very short time (probably 15 minutes?) is important if you are in a cold leisure centre pool. In a warm pool, they can last longer.

Ra88 Mon 24-Feb-14 19:37:41

My dd was 5 weeks old ... And hated it grin

pickles184 Mon 24-Feb-14 19:44:00

We took DD at 12 weeks to waterbaby type classes and she loves them. I'm not sure I would have taken her earlier, but I don't think there is any reason not to if you want to.

ilovepowerhoop Mon 24-Feb-14 19:45:56

you used to have to be careful after the old polio drops as they could be excreted for some time afterwards. Now it is in injection form there is not the same issue. You can take them whenever you want and you dotn need to wait for injections.

OsMalleytheCat Mon 24-Feb-14 19:48:22

No reason why not but I agree with PP that you and baby probably won't get much out of it, it's a lot of changing/faffing around for potentially 10-15mins in the water.
Also chlorine is a really horrid chemical to have on such new skin!
I started taking DS around 10 weeks and now he's 6 months he loves it!

BEEwitched Mon 24-Feb-14 19:48:47

Our local baby swimming classes take babies from 4 weeks old.

Fedup1992 Mon 24-Feb-14 19:50:26

Yey my little boy loves being in the bath...

I hold him and he has a propa splash about... So I want to try taking him to a class and water babies

I'm not gunna go UNTILL everything is normal again...

The pool I've been looking at is 35 degrees and it's especially for babies... I'll get a wet suit so he's not cold... And my partner is coming with us so he will be out if the pool straight into a towel.

People saying "ooooh I know someone that took there baby swimming and got bronchitis or they know someone who's baby was ill for 2 weeks" are doing my tree in haha xxx

ilovepowerhoop Mon 24-Feb-14 19:54:23

Can my baby go swimming before or after vaccinations?

SaucyJack Mon 24-Feb-14 21:22:18

Just stick to the bath for now unless you're seriously desperate for summat to do.

It'd be perfectly safe, but they really don't get much out of stuff like that at two weeks old.

PastaandCheese Mon 24-Feb-14 22:09:31

I do think you'd need to wait until you can swim again rather than the baby. Your lochia will need to have stopped and any stitches healed.

I took my DD at about 8 weeks as she took a bit more notice of the world at that point. She quite enjoyed it.

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