best age to start teaching a baby swimming type things
Andrea - posted on 03/09/2009
Hi I am a baby learn to swim I spesh in newborn swimming and I would say after 6mths anytime before then can be harmfull to there tummies if swollowed to much water the best thing I could suggest anytime before then do it in your bath pouring small amounts of water over there heads ( 1/2 cup at the most at a time ) give some kind of sign eg say: ready go ... then pour. after six months inroll in swimming lessons its great for them not only there devlopment but there brains aswell My daughter and son could swim 25mtrs before they were two and could swim small amount before they could walk it is sooooooooooo important this happens once they crawl they can get into a pool you want some kind of knowlage for them to kind of hold there breath and kick back to the edge. I hope I have helped if you want any info or have a Q just give me a message. :)
I started taking my 2 oldest swimming at about 7 weeks old. I never put them in formal lessons until they were 3-4 though. Even then it depends on the child. My first and second were swimming fully on their own at 3, my third now 5 is just learning to float. My youngest (3) is in lessons with his sister, but i dont expect him to "pass" the first level the first time he is in it. This is his sisters 3rd time in it.
As a former lifeguard, I've seen and helped with classes for moms and babies as early as 6 months, called "Mommy and Me" classes (at least here they are). The classes are mostly for socialization though (as I'm sure you can guess-no one expects a baby to swim) and I've noticed that children don't respond well to the lessons until 4 or 5 years, at least not as far as actually holding their own in the water-before then, they have neither the motor skills or the cognitive skills needed to learn to swim. The water should be really warm, because less body mass=higher chance of hypothermia; also, a baby that can hold its head up on its own is at less risk of swallowing water, and is easier for you to handle in the water. In addition, we always asked parents to be sure that they gave their baby a bath before getting in and very soon after getting out of the water, in case their skin was sensitive to the chlorine (and that may even go for when they're older-I still have to do it, because I'm mildly allergic to chlorine and it makes my skin dry and itchy if I don't shower almost immediately after coming out of the pool.) Speaking of cholorine-you'll want to be sure that the pool you're in is well-maintained: too-high levels of chlorine hurt the eyes (I'm sure you've experienced that before...) and too-low levels keep the chlorine from doing its work of killing germs. Talking to a pediatrician about the matter would be ideal, and it might even be helpful to get in touch with a local organization, like the Y or the Red Cross. They may have some sort of safety classes or some additional recommendations on when and how to introduce your child to the water. I'm not really sure how old your baby is, but maybe that helps a little bit.
Krystelle - posted on 03/09/2009
I would say get your baby used to the water as soon as possible. A friend and I signed our babies up for swimming lessons when they were 5 and 6 months old. You don't even need to do that though. Just playing around with them in the water getting them used to being on their back and front is great. I've heard that just being in the water is great for babies.
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