I was first introduced to the concept of neck-floats for babies when my brother tried his. It looks funny.
A few questions that I had, and the answers:
Q1: Doesn’t this put a lot of strain on the babies neck? Like dangerous?
A: No. my niece used it. her neck is fine. my son used it abt 3-4 times now, and he’s fine. if anything, their neck will become long and slender (jk).
Q2: Or hor… china plastic – my childs face will melt because in Singapore, we are made of porcelain.
A: please wash the plastic before use with baby shampoo and everything will be fine. Anyway, porcelain does not get dissolved by plastic. Even in china.
Q3: Isn’t this a waste of water to fill up the whole tub?
A: Singapore sells potable water. Means, water is drinkable from the tap (so it’s safe) but at the same time, 1 m3 of water costs $1.40 – a very cheap price for a fun experience for your child. If $1.40 is expensive for you, please don’t have a child. It’s gonna cost way more than that.
On to the fun stuff:
- It’s great to buy these things to try at home before going to a swimming pool because it’s clean at home and if anything goes wrong… like our accident… you won’t get the death stares of the people around you at the public pool.
- Water temperature can be regulated. baby bodies don’t have the ability to keep themselves warm when they are so young so they need to swim in warm water. Which I obviously tried by luck… and… it didn’t go so well.
- start water confidence young. enough said.
- it takes weight off their spine and back and head for a short while. This must be a very enjoyable experience for them. Like those traction machines that they have for adults.
What we did:
1) bought an inflatable pool (5 rings, you’ll only need 3, maybe 4)
2) use an electric pump to inflate the pool or you’ll be blowing for a long time.
3) inflate everything and fill the pool (15-20 mins, use warm water like for baby-bath)
4) do this 2-3 hours after feeding time so that the baby has had enough time to pee/poop. You don’t want this happening to you.
5) put the baby in swim-wear and put on the neck-float. Baby swim wear should keep poop in.
6) go toes > feet > legs> tummy > all in
7) daddies can stay outside but remember to lower him in gently. He should start kicking under the water
8) spend about 10-15 minutes in the water and make sure that water doesn’t enter his neck ring as the baby will be tempted to drink it (and you don’t know if he’s peed in the water)
Our home-pool experience:
1) he pooped into the diaper and we removed it. put him in swim trunks
2) he pooped in the swim trunks so we had no choice – put him in the pool naked.
3) he peed on the way in, and then pooped into the water. strangely, the water holds the poop together instead of the watery gummy stuff that you normally find in diaper.
4) he played for a while and then had enough – you will know this when he starts to cry.
Our Bali experience:
Daddy is an asshole. Always test the water temperature before you jump in the pool right? well…. I didn’t and I put him in directly. I got in and felt the cold water on my thigh. It couldn’t be that bad. So i lowered noah in entirely. within seconds the wail of babypanic filled the Ubud air.
I thought to myself… don’t be a cry baby. it’s just a little cold. So he stayed in. and I went in.
and then… I realized. ops. it is cold.
Daddy is an asshole. Don’t be like daddy. test the water first. be a smart daddy.
Promptly removed him and went swimming in the stone bath instead with warm water.
We tried again later in another hotel pool and it was cold but he enjoyed himself much better.