Small babies should wear some form of swimming clothing as nappies are not appropriate because they hold water and can become heavy.
Putting children in specific swimming clothing teaches them that visits to the pool require special clothes and they cannot just jump into any water they find.
There are also hygiene and safety considerations. In the case of children who have not yet learned to use the toilet, any poos can be contained in the clothing rather than polluting the swimming pool.
Flotation devices are not lifesaving devices, so stay with your child when they are swimming in the pool.
For further information and resources, please contact Water Safety New Zealand, phone (03) 366 4718, (04) 801 9600 or (09) 309 4596.