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Splash into Summer: Backyard Water Safety





Today’s post is part of the Splash Into Summer series put together by a great group of bloggers. Each week the participating bloggers will be sharing seven posts related to a specific summer theme. This week’s theme is Water Fun, and today I’m sharing a bit about Backyard Water Safety.


Caution: Fun but can also be very dangerous

Ok so it's the summer and most people have a pool in their backyard, whether its a huge built in pool or a small inflatable one like mommy and daddy got this year to replace the huge one we had last year, we need to think about pool/water safety.

I'm sure most parents know that toddlers and babies, yes toddlers such as myself can drown in as little as two inches (six centimeter) of water so guess what that means? Constant supervision is a must! That doesn't mean that you let me play in the water while you chat on your phone or talk to your friends. It means constant eyes on me at all times and preferably I must be within arms reach.

Know what goes hand in hand with that? Learning and knowing CPR. Luckily for me since my mommy is a medic in the US Army she is CPR certified but you can also become certified. The American Red Cross offers classes to get you certified which will afford you some piece of mind.

Flotation devices and arm floaties are a great idea and fun to use but never rely on them completely to keep your little one safe.

Floaties are an option but don't rely on them for your child's safety


Never leave your infant or toddler alone in any source of water. I know a lot of you say...
"I'd never do that!"
You're waiting on that important phone call and your phone rings and you realize that it's indoors. Instead of leaving for just that "1 minute" that you say it will take for you to run and grab it, please grab me and my little friends first and take us with you. It only takes one minute for something to go wrong. Keep your phone with you.

Supervision at all times! 

Make sure that the play area around the pool is clear of toys and any other item that can trip your little one. Also if you do have toys around be sure to remove them after you're done so your little one isn't tempted to go back and play with them around the pool. A cover for your pool is also recommended.

If you do have a built in permanent pool, make sure that you have a fence that is AT LEAST 4 feet tall enclosing it with a self latching gate that is out of our reach so we can't open them ourselves. Also make sure that there is nothing around for your toddler, especially the daredevil ones like me to climb up on to get over and remember to always lock the gate after every use.

Once again we advocate wearing protective covering such as a sunhat, sunscreen, sunglasses. The temperature of the water is important too. Toddlers especially me,  do not generally like cold water and would prefer if the water is warm, remember our body temperature drops more quickly when we're in water so if we start shivering get us out. So have that towel nearby.

Have an enjoyable Summer! 

I hope I was able to share a bit of what mommy and I have learned about water safety with you. Be safe and have an amazing summer!



The Splash Into Summer series runs from July 7 through July 27. Check out the other posts in this series from this fabulous group of bloggers: 

Sundays - Colleen from MommieDaze
Mondays - Tammy from Zucchini Summer
Tuesdays - Nicole from Momma on Wheels
Wednesdays - Katie from Gift of Curiosity
Thursdays - Michelle from The Paper Vine
Fridays - Terra from Life as a Field Trip
Saturdays - Madison from Growing Up Madison
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  1. Great advice for water safety!

    One more thing to add, swim lessons and ISR classes. I speak from experience!

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    1. Thank you Shauna. That's a great tip as well. I actually had never heard of ISR and had to check it out. Its for babies from age 6 months. How neat is that. Unfortunately for us the next session isn't until Feb 2014 so I guess mommy is just going to have to keep her eyes on me since swimming lessons aren't until I'm age 4+ :) ♥ Madison

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  2. Great advice. We almost bought one of these easy-set pools, I think they are called, but changed our mind. Even though we have teens and we would just use it to sit in and cool off, we have neighbors who have kids who wander. They are 8 and up but, without a fence around our yard I am just not convinced they wouldn't get into it. I just don't want to chance it.

    Thank you for sharing this great advice.
    (And thank you for your service in the Army.)

    Missy Bell
    www.peaceandHappinessProject.com

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    1. Yes you do need to be wary of those wandering kids. You don't want them falling into your pool while you're not there. Mommy say's "you're welcome". :) ♥ Madison

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  3. Great advice on safety... I love the pics of your baby :)

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  4. Your little girl is too cute! Great post on water safety. My little one is 10 and can swim I still always worry around the water. Visiting from the UBC. I am a new follower!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by from the UBC and for being our newest follower. We really appreciate it. I think no matter how old we get mommies will always worry about us. :) ♥ Madison

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  5. My sister and I used to love going in the paddling pool when we were younger! Your safety advice is very helpful :)

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    1. Thank you Sophie. Yes I love going in the water too with my siblings. I'm sure you had a blast! ♥ Madison

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  6. It's always good to have reminders about water safety so that we don't become complacent.
    Enjoy your pool time, I hope you have good weather for it!

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    1. Hi Crystal, we just started getting nice weather and it's very unpredictable where we live. I won't be surprised if it snowed in July. That's how unpredictable it is here. :) ♥ Madison

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  7. Madison is so cute on her blue polka-dots bathing suit!

    http://roselsmomdiary.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Mira. Mommy picked it all out for me. :) Hope you're having a great weekend! ♥ Madison

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  8. I love the fence idea! I was at my mother in laws this past week (over the 4th) a little girl just jumped right in. We didn't give her permission to get in. I would say she is around 6. Needless to say my father in law is building a fence to lock it when they are us aren't out there!
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    1. oh..no! I'm happy that she is ok and I'm also happy that your father in law is building a fence to protect not only the little ones but himself as well. Yes we do need that fence. :) ♥ Madison

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  9. I agree about fences, kids have a bad habit of wandering into other people's yard. I always watch my kids like a hawk around the water :)

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    1. Kudos to you Ann!! Mommy watches me like a hawk too. I think its creepy sometimes but she says its for my own good. :) ♥ Madison

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  10. Love it! Such great advice mixed with some beautiful pictures! :)

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    1. Thank you Becca. We tried our best. :) ♥ Madison

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  11. Fantastic tips and very good advice. It's important at public pools as well. You can't rely on lifeguards to keep the kids safe. Stay near them at all times!

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    1. Oh most definitely Stephanie. You can't rely on anyone but yourself to keep your own kids safe. That lifeguard may not be paying attention but you surely will. :) ♥ Madison

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  12. Great advice. Its always scary to think of what could happen- which is why I can be so very cautious about my kiddos and the water.



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    1. Thank you Sherri. You do have to be cautious and very aware and it seems like you're already doing a great job of it. :) ♥ Madison

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  13. we have a pool like this but now for 3 weeks on and off it's been raining and storming and it sucks. summer is all about water and swimming but how can you when it's bad weather.

    thanks for stopping by. always enjoy your comments.

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    1. You're very welcome. We enjoy reading your posts. :) We haven't had much great weather here either where we live. Its times like this I wish I was in the Caribbean so I could go to a real beach instead of a backyard pool. ♥ Madison

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  14. These are some great tips. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You're very welcome! Thanks for stopping by. :) ♥ Madison

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  15. Thanks for the great advice! I love the pics too :)

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    1. Thank you Linda. Mommy tried to make me look nice but it doesn't always work. :) ♥ Madison

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  16. Great advice. I've heard so many horror stories revolving around kids and the water, everything you said is so important and could definitely save lives.

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    1. Yes Valerie we've also heard them as well and if we could prevent the death of one little one then we've done a good job. ;) ♥ Madison

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  17. I think Madison has this covered! Thanks for the post :) And I love her water wings. Our two are hanging out in our little wading pool for a large part of the summer - we even bring out the bath seat for our youngest (11 months) for a bit more stability if she wants to sit while her sister is moving around a bit more. And we heat up water to put in there so they don't freeze (another great point!)

    Best - Louise

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    1. Thank you Louise, I'm sure that she enjoys being in the water and hanging out with her siblings. ♥ Madison

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  18. this is a great series and thanks for the advice! I've always wanted my own pool when I was little so I'm sure I'll be buying one someday when I have kids of my own.

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    1. You're welcome. Your kids would love it I can assure you. :) ♥ Madison

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  19. Thank you, it's really a great piece of advice. It's already rainy season in the Philippines, but there are days that are still hot and we prefer to go to the beach, just like today. And very true indeed, something can happen in a matter of a minute so close supervision is a must when kids are in the water. By the way, thank you for always visiting my blog and for the virtual hugs!

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    1. The beach sounds like a lot more fun that our little pool. You're welcome Kristine, we're happy that baby K is doing much better. :) ♥ Madison

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  20. This was a great post!! So many people do rely too much on "flotation devices" Your daughter is so precious!!
    ~Candice @ My Little Circus & Me

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    1. Thank you Candice. Yes they really do and they are not entirely fool proof, we're hoping that will change. :) ♥ Madison

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  21. Thanks for reminding us of the importance of water safety. We can't wait to get to the pool this summer but we'll be cautious around the water. Madison's swimwear is very cute! :)

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    1. Thank you Hannah and yes please be cautious while around the water. ♥ Madison

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  22. Yes Safety is #1 with kids around water!! It's always great to be reminded :)

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    1. Yes we do have to keep reminding others to be safe especially during the summer months when everyone will be taking a dip in the pool. ;) ♥ Madison

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  23. Your mommy is very smart at keeping you safe! Yes, it only takes a minute. I get freaked out by the bathtub - like you said, even a small amount of water is dangerous to a baby/toddler.

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    1. Thank you Tamara, yes she is. The bathtub can also be a dangerous place as well but I know you're vigilant in watching your babies. :) ♥ Madison

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  24. Great water safety tips. I also found this article about how drowning doesn't look like what we think it looks like very informative: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/family/2013/06/rescuing_drowning_children_how_to_know_when_someone_is_in_trouble_in_the.html

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    1. Thank you for sharing that with our readers Katie. I'm sure they appreciate it. :) ♥ Madison

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