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Our complex pool is opening in a few days. I have a 3 month old DD and a newly 3 year old DS and I would love to be able to go with them. The shallow end is 1m (so well above DS neck). We have a life vest for DS and one of those springform floaties for DD but I don't think she could go in that for a couple of months. Is there any safe way to do this? I thought maybe I could bring the stroller and leave DD in it (hopefully sleeping) but if she wakes up and needs tending I can't leave DS, even with the life vest. I'd have to haul him out with me. Does anyone have any other ideas or do I just have to wait until DH is home?
 

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I would *maybe* be willing to swim while holding the baby and the 3yo was in a life vest, but only in a situation where there is a lifeguard around. If the 3yo got into trouble how could you pull him out while holding the baby? I would want the backup of a lifeguard. If this is just in your complex I dont think I would risk it.<br><br>
A lady in my church was talking to me about providing childcare to her baby when she goes back to work. The baby will be about 11 months old. She asked me if I took all of my daycare kids swimming and I almost asked her if she was crazy. How on earth could one adult safely take 2 3yos, 2 2y0s and a 1yo swimming??
 

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wading pool?<br><br>
as for baby and 3 yo, baby in a sling, 3 yo stays on the stairs. Yeah, it isn't swimming, but it is getting wet.<br><br>
You could also invite over a childless, or older children only, friend who doesn't have pool access.
 

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I would do the baby in a water sling with the 3 year old in a life vest and you in the water wearing the baby.
 

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we've put life jacksts (not floaties or arm bands) but actual buckly type life vests any time the boys were near water when they couldnt swim. We did get a few stares but honestly for us it was the only safe thing we could do since honestly our attention is spread over several children not counting all the people at the pool. We also set up a system with them that one parent watched the ones out of the water while the other watched who was in the water. We also made the boys sit on the stairs (not at public pools) and wait to be taken in 1 at a time.
 

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I take the kids to the pool by myself, I put the baby in a watersling and dd swims in the pool next to me using pool noodles and a little training pod to stay afloat.
 

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When my twins were infants I would leave them in the carriage, parked at the side of the pool and DS (2.5) would wear a lifevest.<br>
He mostly hung out around the stairs or the ladder, but spent a good deal of time just bobbing around trying to catch the little plastic boats I threw in.<br>
If I had to nurse one or both babies he'd have to come out of the water (have a drink, snack, run around a bit) but kept the lifevest on in case he fell in, or wanted to splash around on the stairs.<br>
If I was just getting out to rock the carriage a bit or re-adjust sun coverings he usually stayed in though. It's pretty doable, but just make absolute sure you use a lifevest - not water wings or any other inflatables.
 

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i would wait until her head control is quite good before having her in the sling and her brother in the pool by yourself. just cause i know that my baby still can't really be in the sling without me holding her with one arm quite firmly (we use the water sling in the shower), especially when she's all slippery and wet. i would want her to be able to hold on to me and hold herself up a bit more independently before trusting only half my attention on her. however, if your DS is a pretty calm and well-behaved kiddo, i don't see a problem with having them both in the pool at the same time. if you don't think your DS is that kind of kid, or you don't feel comfortable having the baby in the sling once you try it out, i certainly don't see a problem with putting her somewhere shady to nap, while you and DS hang out in the pool. my 3 month old sleeps really well outside in the fresh air.
 

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I also say put the baby in a water sling. Actually, it might be a bit uncomfortable, but I might be tempted to use some sort of mesh and wrap the baby to me instead. More hands free that way. (I've use my water sling a TON, and it was great, but found one hand on the baby was good most of the time.)<br><br>
Around 2, my older two kids have started doing pretty well with the floaty on the arm things. I stay right with them, but they can paddle all around the pool without help and without issue.<br><br>
We'll be staying in a hotel for a few weeks this summer, and I fully intend to take my 3 (ages 5, 3, and 1) swimming at the pool by myself.
 

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Gypsymama has a water wrap that I think is sort of like a wrap made from swimsuit material...something like that might work better than a sling as far as being able to be truly hands-free and keeping baby's head above water level.
 

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I've worn just a old cotton mei-tai for holding a baby in the water.<br><br><br>
I'll have a 2m old, a almost 6 and a wild 2 1/2 yr old for swimming this year. I am also a lifeguard, swim teacher and hubby is being the manager/lifeguard/pool operator at the local pool. It will be <i>interesting</i> to see how we will figure it out.<br><br>
Our eldest can swim without assistance but I would not go to a pool without a lifeguard on duty. I am also supper critical of the lifeguarding staff where ever I go (not susprisingly) - I encourage all of you to speak to the manager and complain if you see lifeguards reading a book, having headphones on or holding distracting conversations..when they should be watching the pool!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"><br><br>
I still have yet to see how the toddler will handle swimming this year....but will likely still need him within my arms length at all times. I need two free hands for that. I hope I can either give the baby to be held by hubby if he is on break or keep her in the carrier, high up and secure in the mei-tai. I personaly don't like the lifejackets because it makes kids over confidence without teaching them real pool survival skills, but I understand how they would be a comfort to others. We use the 'bubbles' which are a square of 4 layers of foam that strap to the back of the kid. We also teach them basic emergency skills asap like floating on the back and how to call for help at the pool.<br><br>
I bet you could find a sweet old lady that would hold your baby while you were in the pool with your toddler......or that friend who has an old child that likes to hold babies! Great IDEA!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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We had good success with leaving baby in her carseat next to the pool when she was that small (it was a small pool, not busy or I wouldn't have been comfortable with leaving her on the side) The noise and warmth from the pool put her right to sleep and I could pay attention to my older DD. Baby is pretty mellow though, so I know it wouldn't work for some babies.
 

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I would consider a playmat for baby (one of those things that is like a blanket with two arches over it and toys dangling down.) I would put it away from the pool, in the shade, then go swimming with the toddler. (I'm assuming your pool is pretty quiet, not a lot of people around) I would make sure to tell the toddler that they have to get out with me if baby cries.<br><br>
I would also consider the water carrier, or just wearing a wrap carrier in the water.<br><br>
For us, I'm looking at putting DD (3) in preschool swim lessons so that she can go in the pool with the instructors while I keep myself and the newborn on dry land. I also plan to take DD to a walk in wading pool, even though I have to pay for it. Peace of mind and all that.
 
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