Water safety for babies and young children

It is essential that your baby is directly supervised around other children and near water. A few centimetres of water can drown babies and children. Babies who can crawl (or are about to) are almost as mobile as children.

  • Empty water from baths, buckets and wading pools immediately after use.
  • It is illegal for pools and spas not to be fenced off. Remove any objects that can be used to climb over the fence and ensure gates are self-closing and self-locking.
  • Parents and caregivers should do a first aid course and learn infant and child CPR in case of an emergency.
  • Children can move quickly and quietly, particularly when they know they're doing something they're not supposed to be doing.