Making a Splash: Water Safety Tips for Your Little Ones

June 26, 2023, Pollywog Staff

Summer is here! Are you ready to dive into the world of water safety for your precious little swimmers? Whether splashing in the pool or enjoying a beach day, keeping our kids safe around water is a top priority. Here are some valuable parenting tips to keep your kids safe and confident in the water.

Baby in a hat and bright swim shirt smiles at mom next to him in the poolStay Within Arm’s Reach: When it comes to water safety, the golden rule is to keep your little ones within arm’s reach at all times. Whether they’re in a bathtub, a wading pool, or a larger body of water, never leave them unattended. Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, so be their lifeguard and provide constant supervision.

Choose Swimsuit Colors that Pop: Did you know your child’s swimsuit color can affect their safety? Choose bright, eye-catching colors like neon yellow, orange, or pink. These hues make it easier to spot your child in a crowded pool or at a busy beach.

Sun Protection is a Must: Protecting your child from the sun’s harmful rays is very important when they are in the water. Here are some tips for sun safety:

  • Sunscreen: Experts recommend that all kids — no matter their skin tone — wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Whatever sunscreen you choose, make sure it’s broad-spectrum (protects against both UVA and UVB rays) and, if kids are in or near water, is labeled water-resistant. Apply a generous amount and re-apply often
  • Stylish Sun Hats: One of the best ways to protect skin is to cover up. Keep those little heads shaded with wide-brimmed hats that protect them from the sun. Dress your child in loose, dry, lightweight, light-colored cotton clothing. Not only will they look cute, but they’ll also stay cool and safe under the shade.

Swim Lessons for Water Confidence: Enrolling your child in swim lessons is a fantastic way to build their water skills and boost their confidence. Look for certified instructors who specialize in teaching young children. These lessons will teach them to swim and water safety skills, such as floating and reaching for the edge. It’s never too early to learn water safety.

Six children in neon life jackets face the camera smilingLife Jackets Save Lives: Children from birth to 5 years old should wear a life jacket in or near water. This includes while riding in boats or on a beach or dock.

  • Use US Coast Guard-approved lifejackets only. Swimming aids and water toys, like water wings and inflatable water wings and rings, are toys. They may help your child float, but they do not prevent drowning.
  • Find a Loaner Life Jackets – anyone needing a life jacket can borrow one from local loaner kiosks. Borrowers must fill out a waiver form and return the jackets to the kiosk at the end of the day.
  • Reminder: if your child can unbuckle their car seat, they can probably unbuckle their life jacket. Supervise your child at all times when around the water.

By following these friendly and practical water safety tips, you’ll create a safe and enjoyable environment for your little ones to explore the wonders of water. Happy swimming!

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