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Teaching Your Child Swim – What You Must Do

It is important to teach your infant from a young age that water is not dangerous and that swimming needs to be exercised often in order to develop a lot of skills. As time passes by, children can develop aquaphobia and this is not desirable for their safety. In addition, playing in the water means trying new moves, socializing and improving your relationship.
It’s recommended to introduce your baby to the water after the age of 6 months. You can both start talking swimming pool lessons and teaching also the meaning of teamwork, or if you own a pool, you can do this at home. Maybe it is too much saying “swimming lessons”, it is more about getting comfortable in the water. Playing and interacting with other children have an important role in the baby’s behavior development.

First of all, teach the baby that water means fun

Children are usually attracted to anything that makes them laugh and play. In order to get them easily into the water, you must show them that they can have a lot of fun. If it helps, you can even bring in the water their favorite toys.
Do not force your kids do any activity if they are not willing to do, otherwise, they will be terrified and all your intentions will be ruined.

Help them feel comfortable by constantly touching them

It is better to hold your baby for the first times you enter the pool. It is important to build a confident and strong bond from the beginning. Play with toys and constantly kick and splash the water, with your hands and legs. Show them that you can totally enjoy spending your time by doing a lot of great things with the water.

Safety tip#1

Remember to inform about the water quality if you are going to public pools because you don’t want your little ones to swallow dirty water and risk their health. If you own a pool at home, take all the safety measures in order to have the water as clean as possible. Check its chlorine level and clean the pool regularly especially in the summertime. The risk of bacterial infection and developing dangerous illnesses at a young age is very common. There are lots of cleaning methods nowadays such as robotic pool cleaners that can do all the cleaning job easy and efficiently.

Don’t spend too much time in the water

Although you can do a lot of funny and pleasant activities in the water, for infants that are too young, it might be dangerous. Don’t forget to use a high protection sun lotion and make sure the water has a good temperature before entering the pool. Also, spending more than 20-30 minutes in the water at a young age is not recommended. If they start feeling exhausted or overwhelmed, you will lose any chance of getting them used to the water.

Safety tip#2

Always keep around the are of the pool a phone and a first-aid kit! You never know what can possibly happen. It is important to be very cautious when it comes to your child’s safety. Never let babies in the water without constantly watching them. Remember to get all the toys out of the pool or they might be tempted to get in the water to reach them.

Learning how to float

After getting used to the water, you can start teaching your baby how to float. After spending enough time in the water, and improving their movement and coordination, babies might become more curious and are willing to experience new things. And it is a good thing because they need to learn how to maintain their little bodies on the surface of the water. This is an important step in the process of learning to swim and not panic when they are not in their parents’ arms.
Use gentle moves to let them easily lean on their back by constantly keeping your hands on the back of their shoulders. Repeat this action every time you enter the water and don’t force them if they refuse it. While being in the water, they must feel comfortable all the time.

Going underwater

Start easy by blowing bubbles with your mouth and let your baby do the same. While playing like this with the water, they learn to control their breathing. Also, they will start feeling comfortable keeping their face in the water. You can show them that you don’t fear to get your entire body underwater. They are attracted to playing and interacting, so a game such as hide an seek while in the pool might give you the right opportunity to teach them how to hold their breath.

Safety tip#3

If you are going to public pools, it is better not to try this because water swallowing is inevitable and you can’t be sure that the water quality is the best. Their immune system is not completely developed and not strong enough to resist possible viruses or bacteria. If you are a pool owner, you could experience this but only after taking all precautionary measures in order to avoid health risks.

 

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