Getting into a pool, ocean or lake can be very intimidating for a little person. To help my little one feel more secure, I like to use a sling made for the water. This helps baby feel safe when experiencing something new. I also feel safer holding baby (especially in a murky water situation like the lake pictured).
The pictures are my little guy at around 3 months enjoying a cool off in the lake. This was his first water experience and he loved it!
I am using a solarveil ring sling (solarveil helps protect from the sun and dries quickly). BWI has a few water slings in our library if you think water wearing is something you want to try!