Kids are drawn to water, but water- as wonderful as it is- can pose a lot of safety issues to young children. If you have a baby or toddler, you definitely need to learn what you can do to keep them safe around water. Check out these 8 water safety tips for toddlers and babies before you head out for your next water adventure!
Teach them about water safety
The very first thing you need to do is teach your kids about water safety. For example, you will need to teach them how to be safe in and around water, not to dunk one another under, and not to pretend to drown. You should also teach them CPR, and show them how to properly enter and exit water. You, too, should learn CPR and keep an emergency kit handy at all times.
Teach them to swim
After a water safety talk, teach your children how to swim. If you don’t know how, then you should learn, too! Most instructors teach children to swim with their parents beginning at age four, but you don’t have to wait until then to begin teaching. Bring your child in and around water often, with you, to teach them to not be afraid of water and to learn to swim earlier, which will reduce their chances of drowning. The American Red Cross, offers Parent and Child Aquatics developed for children 6 months to 3 years.
Keep it locked up
If you have a pool, hot tub, or other body of water on your premises, keep it locked up as much as possible and install alarms around it. This will keep babies and kids away from it unless you are there to supervise, which will significantly reduce their chances of drowning.
Never let your child swim alone
Never, ever leave children unsupervised in any body of water. Even a bathtub partially filled can cause a child to drown, so always keep your eyes peeled and your children within distance should an emergency happen.
Use floatation devices
If your child is going to be in or even near water, use flotation devices that are age, weight, and height appropriate, and floaters that will work well in the body of water you will be in or near. Make sure all devices are approved and fit properly.
Wear proper clothing
Loose clothing can snag and get tangled on objects on the water. Clothing that is too tight can cause pain, and even make it hard for your child to breathe. Make sure all swimwear is appropriate and well-fitted.
Have them take breaks
The heat, the sun, all the excitement can really wear a child out. That can impair their judgment and make them more susceptible to drowning. Make them take frequent breaks to hydrate and rest.
Talk to them about aquatic animals
If you are in a large body of water, your kids could be swimming with animals. Teach kids not to mess with the creatures in the water, because some could be dangerous to your children. If they want to catch anything they see, they should tell you first so that you can assess if it’s safe or not.
Do you have any water safety tips for toddlers and babies?