The Episode Every Mom Needs to Hear on How to Keep Your Kid Safe in the Pool and Prevent Drowning with Christi Brown
Christi Brown is a mom of 7 kids, a writer, a special education teacher by training and a full time water safety advocate. Her big audacious dream is to see drowning no longer be the number one cause of death in young children.
The Unspoken Topic
- Drowning is the #1 cause of accidental deaths in children 1-4 years old. It’s the 3rd cause of accidental deaths in children 5-19.
What We Cover
- How much water it takes and how quickly a child can drown.
- How to prevent children from drowning in a pool.
- Safety tops for bath time and other bodies of water.
Take a Listen >>
- Puddle Jumpers give children a false sense of security where they think they can swim, when in reality that may not be able to.
- Surviving in a pool goes beyond just learning how to swim. Survival swimming lessons are essential.
- It only takes 20-30 seconds for a child to drown.
- Drowning is silent. It just looks like a child is swimming right under the water line.
- The amount of water it takes for a child to drown is the distance between the tip of their nose to the start of their cheek.
- Drowning in a bathtub is because of lapse in supervision. Never EVER EVER EVER leave a child alone in a bathtub, or any body of water.
- Toddlers are top-heavy and if they fall into a bucket of water, they do not have the upper-body strength to get themselves out.
- Rivers, lakes and oceans do not trigger the same swimming confidence in children so you treat these differently. Christi suggests using Hyperlite life jackets. She also does not recommend life jackets in the swimming pool.
- Drowning is preventable. You don’t have to be afraid of the water.
- We don’t know how much time we have with our children, so be sure to always be present with them.
The Layers of Protection
- If a child cannot swim, never be more than an arms-length from them. This is called “Touch supervision.”
- Designate a water watcher. Their only job is to watch the water where the kids can swim are playing. Change the water watcher every 15 minutes.
- If you own a pool, use a pool fence.
- Put alarms on your windows and doors. Don’t forget the pet door.
- Put an alarm on the door to the pool, as well.
- Enroll your child in survival swimming lessons. These are different than swimming lessons. Most children under 6 years old don’t have the upper body strength to actually swim. As soon as kids can sit up is when they can take these classes.
- Every adult should be CPR certified.
How to Meausre The Amount of Water Your Child Can Drown In
- Put your fingertip on your nose.
- From the same hand, put your thumb on your cheek.
- Measure the distance between both fingers.
- That’s how much water it takes for a child to drown.
Hardest Decision To Make as a Mom
- Just to be a mom. Their careers were their babies for so long. Through sharing such deep love together, they wanted more and to create a family together.
Hardest Thing to Overcome As a Mom
- Allowing herself to live and work through her grief so she can be present for the rest of her children. Her children have grief and needs she needs to tend to, so she needs to show up and be there for them, regardless of how she is feeling.
A-Ha Moment About Parenting
- Let her kids try and be themselves and make mistakes so they can learn from them.
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Mama Has a Minute
- Favorite form of self-care: Running
- Best parenting advice ever received: Be present in every moment.
- Share your favorite parenting hack: “And…” When her kids come up to her with a problem she knows she can solve, she says, “and…” so they can solve it themselves.
- Recommend one product your children cannot live without: Devices and phones.
- Share your favorite book and why: Parenting with Love and Logic because it helps her raise kids to be more independent.
- What motherhood means to you: Motherhood is the most precious job in the world and also the hardest. Her kids are her heart.