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How old would you say your baby should be before you could take them swimming with you in the sea (talking about paddling in the quiet shallows)?


Posted by mom74959, 27th April 2015


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  • I agree, when the weather is good there shouldn’t be a problem at any age. Swallow water is warmer then the rest of the sea water. I would make sure the baby doesn’t go under the water with the face though as they can drown from ingesting water. Secondary drowning, or delayed drowning, occurs when a child inhales even a small amount of water into her lungs. Anytime a liquid gets into the lungs, it can cause inflammation and irritation, which makes breathing difficult.


  • If they are warm enough I would think 4 months once they have had their vacs.


  • If the weather is good, I don’t think there is a problem at any age.


  • It depends on the season and the weather – the ocean is freezing at the moment! Learn to swim starts from 4 months, first vac at 12 weeks – I’d use that as a guide. I’ve seen little ones turn blue after being in the ocean they are far more sensitive than us. My daughter was close to one when my husband took her in but I was so worried that if she slipped out of his hands, she’d be swept away forever. There’s rarely hot showers at the beach to warm up either


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