Water Safety With Toddlers
January 12, 2018 at 10:33 AM
With Summer in full swing you are likely looking for ways to cool off from the harsh New Zealand sun with your little ones. Pools, lakes, ponds, and beaches mean a lot of fun and some all important relief from the hot weather. As we all know, it is important to keep our little Sprouts safe in and around any water. Kids need constant supervision around any water whether it is a bathtub, a swimming pool, a fishpond, or at a beach or lake.
We have put together some all-important tips and reminders so we can all enjoy our time in the water this Summer.
Heading to the beach?
It is always best to head off to a beach that is patrolled by lifeguards. The sea is unpredictable, and even if you are an experienced swimmer you can never be too safe when you are swimming with a young child. The number one rule is always swim between the flags.
Out on a boat this summer?
Lif jackets are one of the best ways to keep your toddler safe in the water. If you are heading out on a boat this summer then your little one should definitely have one on. There are three types of life jackets, and the besy type for a baby are the ones that will keep them upright in the water, especially if you are out on a boat.
Check out this article more information and some of the best infant life jackets available.
The local pools
If you are heading to the local pools for the day then be sure to pick one that has a toddler section. Make sure the pool is well staffed so that you have an extra set of eyes to look afetr your child. Another great option is the Splashpads which many regions have in the local playgrounds. All kids love going to the park, and this is a fun way to cool off.
Quickfire rules for water safety
- Supervision at all times, and keep young toddlers within and arms reach.
- If you are in a group, then have an ADULT supervision roster.
- Let your child know who is in charge, and teach them good habits around water.
- Turn off your phone and avoid distractions.
- Invest in a life jacket.
Most of all enjoy your time in the water with your little Sprouts. Be sure to use and reapply sunscreen often. UV sunglasses, hats, and protective clothing are also a great idea. Keep your little ones hydrated with plenty of water, and stay safe and cool this Summer!