Splish Splash Summer Fun: Toddler & Baby Swimming

Warmer weather means fun in the sun and exciting water games! This time of year, many parents want to know about how to safely introduce a baby to water. There's no one-size-fits-all answer to the question when is it safe to start teaching a baby or toddler to swim, but there are some guidelines that can help you determine when it's time to get your little one in the water. Even before their ready to swim, your little one can start having fun with water games in a baby swimsuit or toddler swimsuit.

Teaching Your Baby About Water Play

While there isn’t an official recommendation for the earliest age your baby boy or baby girl can begin playing in water, a good rule is that infants as young as 6 months can be safely introduced to water with direct supervision. But it is important to remember that at this age they cannot yet hold their breath or regulate their body temperature. Make sure the water temperature is comfortably warm and keep the sessions brief.

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Baby Swimwear for Exciting Water Fun

Fun baby boy swimsuits help make time in the water even more enjoyable, and are available with shark, turtle, and even camo patterns! Baby girl swimsuits feature an adorable range of bright patterns with lemons, seashells, and more designs available. All Gerber Childrenswear baby swimsuits are designed to keep your baby safe. Rash guards help prevent painful chafing, and Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) 50+ fabric protects against harmful rays from the sun.

When to Teach a Baby or Toddler to Swim

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children as young as one year old can benefit from baby swimming lessons! Starting young helps them gain early confidence around water and normalizes swimming instincts. Focus on fun, interactive activities to help your baby or toddler get acclimated. For example, you can sing songs, play with toys, and splash around in the water. Just be sure to never force your child into the water if they're hesitant or scared. Instead, take it slow and let your child get comfortable with the water on their own terms.

Toddler Swimwear for Learning and Adventure

For toddlers swimming or starting their water adventures, toddler boy swimsuits with palm trees, gators, and more can help build excitement. A variety of one piece and two-piece styles are available so your little one can have the toddler swim trunks and top or one-piece outfit they prefer. For your toddler girl swimsuit, choose from strawberries, flowers, and other themes available in a range of colors! To protect your little one during play, these toddler swimsuits come with rash guards and are made from UPF 50+ fabric to help prevent sunburns.

Baby boy standing with arms raised in green alligator swimsuit

Whether you’re ready for a day at the beach or looking forward to relaxing by the hotel pool, we have swimsuits for babies and toddlers that your little one will love. Every baby and toddler gets comfortable around water at their own pace. Give them time to explore and get excited about this brand new adventure, and make sure to praise their efforts and celebrate their successes. Soon, they’ll be asking for more time to play in the water!

Gerber Childrenswear Baby Swimsuits & Toddler Swimsuits

When it comes to finding the right toddler swimwear or baby swimsuit, Gerber Childrenswear has you covered! All our swimsuits are made with high-quality materials that are designed to be both comfortable and durable, with features to keep your little one happy like rash guards and sun protection. So, get ready to make a splash this summer with lots of water fun!

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