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Living near the beach most of my life, swimming quickly became one of my favorite things to do in the summer.
As the weather gets warmer, you’re probably thinking about taking your little one swimming too.
But when is it safe to do so? When should they start learning how to swim?
According to the American Academy of pediatrics, children aren’t ready to take formal swimming lessons until the age of four. However, this only refers to traditional swimming lessons.
In fact, it’s totally fine to start introducing them to water at an early age. As soon as they’re old enough to take baths, you can start preparing them for eventually swimming in the pool or the beach.
Here are my tips and advice for getting your baby swimmin’.
Taking baths together is not only a great bonding experience, but also a great way to introduce your little one to the joys of water in their early months!
Let him play with floating toys, washcloths and splash around to his heart’s content. Get him used to the feeling of the water by gently dripping it over his head and forehead.
Just be really gentle and let him snuggle up against your chest, submerged in the water up to his waist or a little deeper. The idea is to slowly acclimate them to the water and make it a fun experience that opens the way for eventually swimming on their own.
Baby’s first experience with the water should be a positive one, so keep the following in mind:
I don’t believe there’s ever a time that’s “too early” to introduce your little one to the pool, as long as you take the proper precautions and keep them safe.
In fact, some say that the longer you wait to get them in the water, the harder it will be. It’s best to start in the 1 1/2 years, because after that, they enter a stage called the “challenging twos”, where they can be MUCH more apprehensive about getting in the water.
When it comes time to getting them in the pool, keep these tips in mind:
Also, be sure to avoid pools that are loaded up with chemicals. Unfortunately, most public pools will be full of pool chemicals as a method of dealing with bacteria. Chlorine is very irritating to a baby’s sensitive eyes, skin and repository system.
A good rule of thumb is this: if you enter the pool area and there is a distinctive overpowering chlorine smell, it’s probably too strong for your little one.
Look for pools that use newer filtering technology that utilizes ozone filters to clean the water. Ozone-cleaned water is chemical-free and safe for baby.
You may have seen the videos of babies naturally “swimming”, along with the claim that babies instinctively know how to swim.
The fact is that this is simply not true: while they do have reflexes that make it look like they can swim, they can’t.
They aren’t old enough to know how to hold their breath and also don’t know how to keep their heads above the water.
Why do we seemingly have the reflexes to swim when we’re that young? Some experts believe that this is simply a remnant memory of our 9 months spent in the womb, immersed in amniotic fluid.
As cute as these videos are, you should never assume that your baby can swim because they simply can’t when they’re that young.
Here are some great sites you can read for more information on teaching your child to swim.
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