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4 ways to keep a swimming baby warm including wearing a baby wetsuit

Hopefully, many of you will have discovered the joy and benefits of teaching your little one to swim and found joy in selecting the correct baby swimwear. 

With any luck you baby is thoroughly enjoying their time in the water and is smiling and giggling throughout their time in the pool. 

However, for a number of you, your baby may not be enjoying the experience and cry and shiver their way through your time at the pool. 

Given the importance of teaching your child to swim, it is important that it is as an enjoyable experience as possible and therefore we want to minimise these tears whenever possible. It might be that you've not considered the correct swimwear. Read on to find out how to keep your tiny person happy in the pool.

Here she is in her Splash About Pink Blossom baby wrap!

One of the most common causes of distress in the pool is that your child is not warm enough. 

Remember that your baby is unable to regulate their temperature as well as you, which means that they can feel the cold a lot faster than you.  No two children are alike.  One of our daughters has always been able to go into the chilliest of pools without problem whilst one of our son's will turn blue in the warmest of pools – absolute polar opposites so to speak!

If your little one does get cold in the water then this can really disrupt their enjoyment of swimming and may lead them to start to develop a phobia of the water.  This could impact on their development and is likely to also impact on both their confidence and swimming ability in the water.  It is therefore really important to recognise these signals and take action early to keep them warm so that they continue to enjoy their swimming experience. 

With these top tips, we’ll should hopefully avoid any of these issues.

Pay attention to your child

 Ok – of course your going to pay attention to you child whilst they are swimming!  What we mean is keep an eye out for any discomfort and signs of cold in the water.  You need to identify quickly what is causing the discomfort and to try to do something about it as soon as possible.

In terms of signals that your child is starting to feel the cold you may find that their lips and fingertips start to go blue or they may start to physically shiver.  If this is the case, you should look to get them out of the water quickly, dry them off and get them wrapped up warm which will help bring their temperature back up and get the blood circulating around their extremities.  With the tips below, we’ll hopefully allow you to stay in the water for longer before you have to take them out.


Little cutie is wrapped in a popular Cuddledeer dress up towel £34

Pool temperature

Most swimming pools operate at different temperatures.  The standard adult pool for length training will be 25-27 degrees centigrade which is simply too cold for your young baby, without additional swimwear.

Most swimming pools that have a dedicated baby pool should be warmed to a much more pleasant 32 degrees centigrade, which should be ideal for most babies.  The typical ASA guidance is that children aged up to 3 months should be in a pool of 32 degrees and for older babies up to 12 months (12 lbs) a temperature of at least 30 degrees is appropriate.

Baby wetsuits 

Don’t worry if your local pool does not have a dedicated baby pool as your baby can still swim in temperatures below this, provided that they are wearing the appropriate swimwear.   Indeed, I know of some dedicated baby swimming classes that will go ahead in pools which are cooler than these ideal temperatures but they will insist on your child wearing an appropriate baby warmer.

Such a great buy. These baby wetsuits are typically made of neoprene and will help your child stay warm in the water for longer making your experience much more enjoyable.  This is the same material that is used to make adult wetsuits and it stretches to support their growth and to allow movement in the water.

Baby wetsuits have been around for a while now and the designs mean that they are simple to put on in the changing room or pool side.  You can also opt for a either a baby wrap, which predominantly keeps their chest warm, or an all in one which will keep their legs and body warm and are particularly helpful for the coldest of pools.

This little boy is warm as he is wearing a Konfidence toddler baby wetsuit!


Getting out of the pool

Getting out of the pool can be the coldest part of your baby swimming session.  Whilst it is still summer (well what passes for one) the air temperature is not too bad when you get out of the water.  However, as soon as we get into the autumn and winter months, the air temperature can drop considerably and this can have a huge chilling impact on your child.

As soon as you get out of the pool, have a towel at the ready.  We find wrap around towels or ponchos such as the ones from Cuddledry are ideal.  These towels are supper soft and can be wrapped snuggly around your little one.

Dependant on the age of your child, lie them down on a changing mat.  You should try to use a neoprene changing mat at the pool as these will not slip on the wet surfaces and will keep your baby comfortable and warm on the floor.

We strongly recommend that, once you have wrapped your baby up, that you get yourself changed first.  Once you are changed and ready, then focus on getting baby dry and changed.  This why, there is no one standing around getting cold as this can make the experience uncomfortable for mum and child.

Hopefully you have found these tips useful.  If you have any other advice, then please do share so that others can benefit.

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Aw, so fluffy! Picture shows a Cuddledry poncho towel £27

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