Don’t you love when a baby learns to smile, hold there own bottle, crawl, well maybe not crawl that just means they are beginning to get into everything. Baby’s are learning new things every second of every day. Putting an infant into a bathtub is slightly getting them familiar with the water, but what would happen if he or she fell into the bathtub while you turned to grab a towel from the closet? Sometimes that’s all it takes for a baby to drown. Take a look at some tips on swimming lessons 4 babies.
Now just a reminder depending on your baby’s abilities they will react differently. Common reactions are normally crying, deep breaths, being startled or smiling and laughing. Here are some techniques I like to use in swimming lessons if a child is not very familiar with the water.
1. Light splashing with babies hands: Reason for splashing is that once babies are splashed in the face unexpectedly they will learn to hold there breaths when splashing. Sounds a little mean but they get over it fast.
2. Dunking Babies Underwater: Dunking your baby has to be done while counting. Babies react to sound and facial expressions. Once they get familiar with counting “1 2 3 under” they will know to hold their breath.
3. Toys in water: You have to make sure you have toys in the water during swimming lessons. Babies have to short of an attention span, so toys will help keep their head in the game. Use them to swim to the wall or back to you also to calm them down if they are upset.
4. Back Floating: Very important! To help them back float lay your baby on your shoulder face up, and start counting to 10 or sing ABC’s or a song that they might like. Your baby may try to turn and kick but you want them relaxed. If he or she lifts their legs carefully put them down keeping their ears in the water. Do it over and over again.
5. Helping Them climb the wall: Babies aren’t just going to climb the wall but they can start the hand movements to climb out of the pool or hold onto the wall. So just guide their hands along the wall and when you show them how to get out say, “elbow, elbow, knee, knee”.
I started baby swimming lessons with my son at 3 months old, but I have been instructing for quite a while. Most of the babies that I have given swimming lessons were around 4 to 5 months of age on average. You can start swimming lessons for babies at 3 months no problem. Just have to have you and the right instructor that you and your baby like.