ways to introduce your baby to swimming
Ways to Introduce Your Baby to Swimming
Planning to take your little baby for a swim? Here are a few tips to initiate swimming activity for your baby.
- Bring a mini swimming tub to introduce the baby to water. Warm water and mild exercises can relax the baby's body and mind and even increase its appetite.
- Every child is born with swimming instincts, because as soon as they are put in water, they begin to move their hands and legs.
- While exploring water, babies learn to co-ordinate their body movements and begin to enjoy the water environment.
- Parents also have to be constantly alert and keep a keen watch till the time your baby is in water. They must also start gentle exercises, games and even play with their babies, to encourage them to swim.
- Well guided exposure to water can increase the baby's confidence and prepare them to take a plunge into a bigger pool.
- Children are not born with the fear of water. It is an acquired emotion which can be prevented at an early age. The right age to introduce your baby to swimming could be from 2 months to even 12 months. Before taking the baby for a swim, equip it with floaters. It will help the baby stay afloat. This will generate a feeling of security in the mind of your baby. Hence, next time the baby will be more confident and happy to swim.
- Parents must accompany their babies into the water and keep the babies close to them. Be confident and relaxed when you step foot into the pool with your baby. A tensed parent is likely to create worry in the mind of the baby. It might even result in panic and chaos in the water and eventually the baby will refrain from entering the water next time. Therefore, it is essential that the parent stays relaxed and confident.
- Support the neck and back of your baby to avoid injuries and hold the baby throughout the swimming session. As the baby gets acquainted to the water, leave your hands and free the baby. Keep close to your baby even if it tries to swim independently.
- As you hold your baby in one hand, drip some water onto the baby's face by your other hand or sponge. Talk or sing songs to your baby to comfort him. Some babies may not like water dripping on their face and begin to cry. In such case, distract the baby and try the trick next time.
- Once the baby becomes acquainted to the water, increase the dripping and initiate splashing.
- Once the baby grows comfortable in water, try to get him used to floating. Support the back of your baby and allow him on lay on his back and face upward. Support his shoulders with your thumbs and with your fingertips support the back. The head of the baby must be partially submerged in the water. It is alright even if by mistake the baby tends to go underwater. However, if the baby tends to cry and feel stressed withdraw him from the water and try later.