Water safety is so important, especially this summer season. Let me just be open and honest with you, internet family, I’m not comfortable swimming in large bodies of water. This is a common feeling, let me know in the comments if you share this fear with me. What’s greater than my fear of the ocean is thinking of my children share the same fear. That is why sharing these water safety tips is most important.
May is drowning prevention month and it is still ranking as the 5th leading cause of unintentional deaths in the US. Did you know that around 600 children drown each year? Water can be a lot of fun but it is also can be a scary place for young toddlers and babies. I want to share some water tips for toddlers and babies for you to keep in mind this year. These steps are basic water safety tips but something, not all parents follow. Make sure to follow these tips at all times, and protect your little one.
Life-Saving Water Safety Tips
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I am sure as a parent you have heard to never leave your child unattended when you bathe them. They can drown in as little as 25 seconds. The same things go for being at a pool, lake, or around any water. You need to be able to touch your child or be within reach at all times and pay attention. The beginner level of swim lessons at Aqua-Tots focuses heavily on teaching little ones that the pool is not safe without an adult around.
Always keep a barrier or fence around your pool. If you use an inflatable pool or a plastic kiddie pool consider dumping out your pool after each use. This is good to do so that your child doesn’t get outside and play in the water without you knowing. If you don’t empty it, make sure door is locked so they can’t get to it.
Did you know swimming lessons at Aqua-Tots can start as early as 6 months old? The expertly swim instructor can teach basic and begin getting them used to be in the water. Anymore the sooner you can begin lessons the better. As they learn to float and hold their breath it will help reduce the risk of drowning.
The best thing any parent can do is take classes and learn CPR. I made sure to take a free class with my husband at Babies R Us (RIP Babies R Us). I suggest a free online class if you can not find one in your area. Here is one: Learn CPR Online. This is great in case you need to start working on your child as you wait for an ambulance to arrive if you happen to have an accident. CPR can help save your child’s life if you were to ever need to use it. Granted we all pray that we never have to use the skills of CPR but it is a great thing to learn just in case.
Sometimes parents think my child has floaties on and they are okay. That is not always the case. Be aware of your child whether they have a life jacket on or not. Staying away from drains are equally as important because their suction can become powerful enough to hold someone under water. Anything could happen.