Baby and toddler swimming – how old, and where?

This is the advice on when to take your baby swimming for the first time, from the website NHS Choices:

“You can take your baby swimming at any age, both before and after they have been vaccinated. It doesn’t matter if they haven’t yet completed their course of vaccinations. Babies sometimes experience side effects after a vaccination. These are generally quite mild and shouldn’t stop you taking your baby swimming.”



Recommendations from our members on local swimming pools:

1. “We found Wolverton pool to be the warmest”


2. “The Swan Pool in Buckingham is brilliant. The baby pool is lovely and warm, and the changing rooms have recently been refurbished, so it’s clean and modern too. We’ve found it’s usually pretty quiet during the week.”


3.Middleton pool (Newport Pagnell) has a completely separate shallow pool, so toddlers can’t accidentally wander too far or get into a deep area.”


4. “We’ve tried Wolverton and Bedford Oasis, but went to Danes Camp in Northampton for the first time yesterday and it was great! Warm, clean, numbers limited by wristbands and loads to do. It’s got a’ beach entry ‘ so v shallow to begin with and loads to keep our 2 yr old entertained (he gets cold v quickly and had no complaints) but gets as deep as a normal pool so our 4 yr old could have a proper swim. Really enjoyed it.”


5.Novotel in Heelands is almost as warm as bath water. Usually quiet too.”