A child can drown in a minute. Water safety and, eventually, swimming lessons are important—but at this point careful, constant supervision near water is essential.
Enroll in a YMCA swimming class for parents and toddlers so that you both can have fun while learning about water safety. If your child is afraid of the water, don’t force him or her to swim; doing so may increase the fear.
When your toddler is in the water, always keep him within an arm’s reach of you—even if you’re just in a backyard wading pool. Do this until your child is over age 5 and a strong swimmer.
Check out these swimming safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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