Swimming.....

Carrie - posted on 06/01/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Is anybodys November Baby swimming?

We brought our daughter swimming a few times and she seems to really enjoy the water as she kicks around alot...I've been told that if I blow into her face that she will then hold her breath and that that is the time to just let her go and once she swims that she'll swim everytime we go. My friend has done this with his son who is now 7yrs old and really enjoys the water and he too have done the blowing into his sons face for him to hold his breath....

Of course the fear is there of her swallowing water or getting water in her ears...(also told that once she holds her breath that water will not get into her ears)

Any thoughts or opinions or has anybody tried or heard of this??

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ANNETTE - posted on 06/26/2009

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Water in the ears is fine after 3 months as long as the whole ear/s are emersed. Irrelivant of everything else, 3 months is the earliest you should take your child swimming as the inside of the ear is not formed fully until then. So the blowing thing doesn't matter. And your not supposed to keep the baby under long enough for it to swallow water!

ANNETTE - posted on 06/26/2009

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I started taking my son at 3.5 months. It took him a few weeks of only going once a week to get used to it. Once e was used to it, he loved it. I've stopped going until he's a yr and a half as it's too expensive

Tanya - posted on 06/23/2009

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i've been taking Erik swiiming since he was 6 weeks. he LOVE the water. especally near the jets that blow water around his legs. i hold his arms and pull him through the water and sometimes the water gets in his face but i never thought it was necessary to have them go under the water at this young.

Aurora - posted on 06/23/2009

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my daughter is starting swimming lessons on july 13. im so excited. i have wanted to take her swimming since the day she was born. we bought a small blow-up pool and she has gone in that, she seemed scared at first, then she loved it. i am very curious as to how she will react to the big pool.

she will be 7 months on the 25

Sylvia - posted on 06/12/2009

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I started a Baby swim class when my son, Alexander was 2 months. Now he is 6 months and he could hold his breath for 5 seconds under the water. He loves swimming a lot.

Mellissa - posted on 06/09/2009

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I started taking my daughter to a parent and tot swim class when she was 3 months. She loves splashing around. In the class you blow in their face before dunking them but you don't let them go. Haven't had a problem with water in her ears.

Sara - posted on 06/08/2009

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I just started a 'Shrimp Kippers' swin class at our local YMCA. Although it is inside, it still helps baby get used to being in the water. My son, Gavin just loved it and I can't wait to take him back this week. Yes, blowing in their face is how you teach them to hold their breath, although I would just dunk baby under quickly at first til they get used to it. Have fun!!

Heather - posted on 06/08/2009

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Well I took our little girl and she is fine in the water as long as she doesn't get splashed much. She is my third. The other two I never had let them have their heads under water until the were over a year old. It personally makes me nervous.

Heather - posted on 06/01/2009

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I took my 6 month old daughter swimming for the first time Saturday! She also was kicking around whenever I was pulling her through the water. Yes, if you blow in their face they will hold their breath. I blew in her face and put her head under the water and back out. She started smiling afterwards! I'm not sure about the letting go of them part. She had a blast and I'm sure she is ready to go again!

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