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DC Area Swimming Lessons for Toddlers & Water Safety Tips


Swimming Lessons for Toddlers- DC Mama

What happened to my water baby?

My little one has recently become terrified of the water. What happened to my little water baby who wanted nothing more than to splash and get wet? How will we ever survive the hot, humid summer without the pool?

What about both of the swimsuits I picked up from Target three months ago?

I’ve been looking into parent/tot swimming lessons in the area, and thought I’d pass along what I’ve found– in case your toddler has been a little water wary. The American Academy of Pedriatics (AAP) actually says swimming lessons for children as young as 12 months may be beneficial to prevent downing . AAP says parents should decide if a child is ready based on her emotional development, physical abilities, health concerns and the frequency of exposure to water.

While I am pretty sure I’d never let my toddler out of my grasp while in the pool, I know what a good opportunity swimming can be. Especially learning to swim as a kid. It not only helps to cool me off in the summer heat, it can also build confidence and expand my daughter’s world.

I’m looking forward to hitting up the local pool safely this summer!

Local Swimming Lessons / Classes



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Tips For Swimming With Toddlers

  • Never leave small children alone in pools, spas, wading pools or other forms of standing water
  • An adult should always be within arm’s length of infants, toddlers and weak swimmers
  • Take a CPR class– better safe than sorry
  • All young children should wear a life jacket in boats or near river banks/piers. Do not use air-filled swim aids in place of a life jacket
  • Make your toddler feel comfortable in the water (they don’t have to learn the backstroke at age 2!)- sing songs, play games and just have fun
  • Apply sunscreen liberally and often
  • Ensure your child has plenty of liquids to avoid dehydration

— Tips via KidsHealth.org and AAP

Water Safety Tips

  • Always swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards
  • Always swim with a buddy
  • If you go boating, wear a life jacket
  • Install and use barriers around your pool or hot tub
  • Keep toys not in use away from the pool and out of sight
  • Actively supervise children whenever around the water
  • Always stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions
  • Reach or throw aid to distressed swimmers- don’t go

–via Stay Safe around Water from the American Red Cross

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