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Wirral University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

When I take my baby home, how early can I take him/her swimming?

Babies under 3 months old or weighing less than 5.5 kilos need to be in water with a temperature of at least 32°C which will probably mean a hydrotherapy pool.

For older babies, the water needs to be at least 30°C.

Swimming provides free movement and a physical workout helping with coordination, eating and sleeping patterns. It also increases baby's awareness and understanding as well as being fun and socialable for yourself and baby, helping you all to play as a family.