As summer approaches it is time to start thinking about hitting the pool, lake or even ocean with your family for fun in the sun. These 7 Tips For Water Safety For Toddlers will help you to enjoy your time together without fear. Remembering that being alert and aware is most important will keep your family safe while they spend time together enjoying sunshine and a bit of sand between their toes.
7 Tips For Water Safety For Toddlers
Use appropriate flotation devices: While the vinyl blow up arm floaties are ever popular, they are not in fact flotation devices. Neither are the blow up rings, rafts or other random accessories often seen on the beach or at a pool. Instead make sure that you have a properly fitting life vest for your child. For toddlers and younger children this should secure snuggle across their chest and with straps that go between their legs to keep it tight and from floating above their head when under water. If in doubt, go to a sporting goods store and ask for a proper fitting one. These are not one size fits all.
Teach kids about obeying water safety rules: Even at a young age your children understand when you say no. Begin early with water safety rules like not running around the pool or making sure to not go into water without permission.
Take another adult or older child with you: One of the biggest struggles is to keep a watchful eye on your children at all times. When you are tired, stressed or distracted you can easily miss out on a little one moving away from the group. These things happen in a flash. Bringing an older responsible child (11 years old an up is typically good), or another adult along with you can give you fresh eyes. If you have several kids along to swim, having an extra adult can make sure everyone is being watched.
Keep toddlers in water shoes with grips on the bottom: I cannot stress enough how much this helps around pools. Wet feet on concrete can easily slip and fall. Not only could they land in the water they could easily hit their head or break a bone. They may scoff, but simple slip on water shoes can mean the difference between being injured or not.
Invest in fences, gates and locks for pools: If you have a pool in your backyard, you must be responsible with that pool. Set up proper fences around the pool, as well as locking gates. Make sure the lock is one that is taller than your child so they cannot grab it and open easily. Adding a lock that requires a key is another extra measure some people feel is best. Locks, fences and gates are a priority for home pools.
Drain small kiddie pools after each use: We have all had a plastic kiddie pool in our backyard at some point. One of the greatest hazards is to leave water in the pool after your kids are done playing. It only takes a little water to drown, and a curious kid who loves playing in their pool could easily wander to it and be in danger in seconds.
Start swim lesson early. This is an investment that everyone should make for their children. The YMCA offers swim lessons at locations nationwide. Their prices are reasonable, and they start as early as just a few months old with basic water comfort. Getting your child comfortable early in life will help them to always be safe around water.
Protecting your kids is easy with these tips for water safety for toddlers. Load up with plenty of sunscreen, fun toys and snacks for a great summer spent in the water.