Baby Swimming Roadmap

You want your kids to learn to swim but don’t know where to start? As with many aspects of parenting it can all look a bit daunting at first. Get some tips to that will have you and the kids splashing around in no time!

Be aware of the facts as most of us spend our summers around the water. Whether it’s at the beach or by the pool, it’s smart to make sure babies and toddlers learn basic water skills as early as possible. Remember that adult supervision is always required around water.

No matter the swimming occasion, babies love to play and have fun in the water. However little accidents can be a big embarrassment, so Huggies Little Swimmers® swimpants contain unwanted surprises, giving you the freedom to enjoy the water with your little one, no matter what the swimming occasion.

Lots of parents have common questions, and the information you're after may be right here! Please start by visiting our Little Swimmers FAQ.

Swimming Safety Checklist

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Fun at the pool and beach starts with a clean and safe place to swim. Here’s a Water Safety checklist for at the Beach or Pool

  • The area is supervised by a lifeguard(s).
  • The water is clean and safe.
  • The facility is clean and well-maintained.
  • No electrical equipment or power lines are in the area.
  • Emergency communications and safety equipment are available.
  • The depth of the water is marked.
  • Life lines separate the shallow from the deep water.
  • Make sure you supervise children and that they understand the rules at every water facility you visit.

For safe water play in your own backyard pool, keep this checklist in mind:

  • Use of the pool should always be supervised by an adult who knows how to swim and knows pool rules and emergency procedures.
  • The area should have a secure fence surrounding the pool with childproof locks to guard against unsupervised swimming. The gates should be locked when no adult is present.
  • Establish pool rules and post them near the pool.
  • Be prepared for emergencies. Have a long pole, a ring buoy with a throwing line and a first aid kit close at hand. Keep emergency numbers handy. Get training in lifesaving, first aid and CPR.

For more information see Learn to swim or Parenting .