Water Safety Smarts Every New Parent Needs

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Water safety tip: Watch, watch, watch!

The biggest rule for baby water safety? Watch your little one like a hawk. “Adequate supervision cannot be emphasized enough,” says Bridget Boyd, M.D., newborn nursery medical director at Loyola University Health System in Loyola, Maryland. That means no distractions. Poolside reading is obviously a no-go, but avoiding seemingly lesser attention-grabbers like texting too much is just as important.

When spending time in the water with your baby, always hold her by her underarms or in a hug-hold with her head above the water. If she’s old enough to sit up on her own in a kiddie pool, sit within arm’s length so you can grab her quickly in case she topples over.