Is My Baby Ready? From Rolling Over to Sleeping on Her Belly, Here's Our Get-Real Milestone Guide

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Patty Onderko on Jul 13, 2011 at 5:18PM

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Go in a Swimming Pool?

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Ready around: 4 months

Babies of any age can take a dip, says Dr. Swanson. You’ll probably want to wait, however, until your little fish has decent head control (around 4 months), unless you plan to cradle him in your arms the whole time you’re in the pool. Classes can be fun for both of you, too, she says, “as long as you know that know matter how much swimming instruction your young child has had, he still needs constant supervision in the water.” One exception: If your child was premature or has any history of wheezing or lung problems, talk to your pediatrician before diving in.

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