Some points to consider when on holiday…

We often get asked for advice at Lilypad Baby about what type of swimwear to use for holidays with little ones.  There are a number of points that need to be taken into consideration.  Firstly, if you are going abroad for some guaranteed sunshine, then protection from the UVA and UVB rays of the sun is a must!  UV suits with high factors of 50+ are readily available from most supermarkets.  Ones that have sleeves and legs are good as this protects more of your baby’s skin.

There is also a wide variety of sun hats available that have a long flap at the back to protect their neck and these ones are often ok to get wet in the water too.
Something to bare in mind with these suits is the temperature of your baby.  If the hotel pool water is on the cool side, the UV suit won’t keep them warm, like a wet suit type material one does.  The UV suits only protect their skin from the sun and won’t keep them warm.

As mentioned, temperature is something else to be aware of.  Hotel pools in warmer countries are not generally heated and so depending on what time of the year you go, the pool water may not be that warm.  Keep an eye on your babies lips and fingernails.  If they start to get a bluish tinge, then they probably have had enough and need to be warmed up.
Always pat your baby dry rather than rub them dry to warm them up.  It’s safer for babies circulation to be patted dry.

If your baby is used to being submerged under the water, remember that in most lessons, depending on their age they will only do around a maximum of 6 swims in  a 30 minute lesson.   So maybe pour water over their heads instead.  You don’t want your baby taking on too much water.

Finally, flotation aids can be used but never relied upon to leave your baby unattended, even for a second.  Always stay vigilant, even with confident little ones.  But most of all, have fun with your baby, splash, blow bubbles and let them see what fun it is to be in a swimming pool.

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Happy Holidays!