Baby Swimwear and Shoes

Have you ever heard of the Water Baby? Well, that name can, and I suppose should, apply to every baby. Pediatricians and other health professionals tend to agree that there is no reason why even newborn babies as young as one month old cannot go into a swimming pool. In fact, some modern mothers even give birth under water. That attitude towards water has been something of a development over recent years, as not long ago 2 months was seen as the best time to expose babies to a pool. 

Of course, taking baby swimming means you need some baby swimwear. Well, you don’t actually “need” it because babies younger than one year are better off swimming au natural. For the older babies and toddlers, though, there are a good number of choices available for swimwear. 

Baby Swimsuits and Trunks 
Baby swimwear, just as any baby clothes, comes in various styles. For boys, swimming gear is mostly in full body tanks and trunks, very much like those worn by older children and men. For girls there are one- and two-piece styles, as you would probably expect.  

Remember, your baby’s skin is very sensitive, so it is very important to use an appropriate sunscreen to prevent the baby from getting a nasty sunburn when they are enjoying themselves at the pool. 

Diapers for Swimming 
There was a time when one potential issue used to prevent parents from taking their babies to the swimming pool. That was the worry about what would happen if the child had an “accident” in the pool. That was never really that much of an issue, as the chlorination of swimming pools is intended to combat exactly that type of problem. However, parents would refrain from taking their babies to public pools for fear of any embarrassment it may cause. Furthermore, many were reluctant even to take a baby into their own swimming pool, for fear the baby would decide to deposit its stool in the beautifully clean water. However, with the arrival of swim diapers, those fears no longer need to prevent a child from going in the water. 

Swim diapers are made from polyurethane, and are lined with cotton cloth. These special diapers are machine washable and dryable, and they are the perfect answer for parents who are concerned that their babies may relieve themselves while in the swimming pool. Swim diapers are available from many stores in the US (but not in the Philippines) and online retailers, and they typically cost anywhere from $10 to $15. 

Baby Shoes 
It’s a wonderful time when your baby first starts to toddle around on their feet. Yes, it’s a time of great adventure, danger and fun for the baby, and maybe nerve wracking for those with valuable porcelain decorating their homes. It is also the time when parents have to take the plunge and go out and buy baby shoes, and not just those booties that look cute on the baby lying in the crib. 

By the time you buy the first baby shoes, baby is starting to develop tastes of her own in all things, so do not be surprised when you buy shoes that she soon shoes a preference for one pair of shoes over another. In my daughter’s case, she was quick to take a liking to a pair of red boots, and a reluctance to wear open sandals or other baby shoes. 

Her taste in baby shoes may not seem too much of a surprise, until you consider that we live in a tropical country. She has inherited my internal thermostat, it seems, and sweats even more than I do. To me, boots are the last thing I would want to wear, but she has other ideas. 

Those red boots were worn for several months in preference to their cooler counterparts: open baby shoes. When it was time to go out, she would point to her red boots; if she wanted to go in the garden, she would pick up her red boots, and at 14 months or so was trying, sometimes successfully, to put them on herself, albeit on the wrong feet sometimes. 

But there is no doubting, those red boots were the favorite baby shoes in our shoe stand. Mostly, baby shoes never have the chance to get worn, but our little one somehow managed to wear out her red boots. At 18 months, they were replaced by pink boots. 

Some babies do show some early sign of showing pride in their appearance, and even fashion consciousness.