Robin - posted on 02/25/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )




I take my 5 month old swimming, and have been since she was 3 1/2 months old. When is it time to dunk her head under water? I have heard early as the day you start taking them and then I have heard one year. has anyone done this?


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Heather - posted on 11/21/2012




Hey! we took our little 2.5 month old baby swimming today and dunk him under a few times. The only bad things was it was a little cold for him so he only lasted a few mins in the water. Do some research into the "dive reflex" for babies and it will make you feel better. the earlier the better because as they get older the reflect weakens.


Joanna - posted on 03/02/2010




I see it's posted here, and I too saw the story and read about the boy who drowned during his sleep with water in his lungs. For that reason I never intentionally dunked my daughter. However she is a water baby, she's loved the pool since she was about 6 months old, and there've been times when she's gone under herself (she loves jumping from my arms into the water) and has never had problems, even as a 6 month old she thought it was fun!

Joy - posted on 03/02/2010




We started baby swim classes when my son was 10 months old. (it was full before or i would have done it sooner) It was the best thing that I have done. We now spend the summer holiday by the ouotdoor pool and he can swim a small distance on his own age 3. He also loves to go down the large water slide on my knee and goes under everytime. I think it is better to go and join a class that way your not doing it on your own and there are other parents around and the instuctor. If for some reason you cant get to a class I found a great book 'Learn to swim' by Rob and Kathy McKay. This is an excellent book and it is the same way that they taught the baby swim lessons I went to. please dont worry, you will both have so much fun.

Tanya - posted on 03/01/2010




I am not going to try that until my daughter is much older. All the infant bath instructions say not to since infants can drown in no more than one inch of water. I guess it depends on the baby. But, how do you know your baby won't be that one that doesn't close his/or her mouth and their tiny lungs fill with water. Makes me paranoid. But, that is just me.

April - posted on 03/01/2010




I never dunked my now 9 year old and he has enjoyed the water ever since we moved into our house that came with a pool when he was 4 and learned to swim that same year that we moved in. He didn't like going under water until that next year but considering he had never been in a pool but once or twice his whole life until then is pretty good to me...

Nadine De - posted on 02/26/2010




I also seen that on the Oprah show (were the boy drowned later from water in his lungs) it scared the hell out of me I havent dunked my kiddies but only because my friend did and her daugter 1 1/2 at the time is petrified of water now.. but I guess as we know all children differ my son only started jumping into the pool and holding his breath now at almost 4y with his swim fin on that is and my daughter 5 now would never even dare to do that!

April - posted on 02/25/2010




I seen on the news a few years back about a 10 year old who got choked on some water while swimming and died later that night in his sleep and when the Autopsy came back they confirmed that he drowned due to water being left in his lungs so I myself am afraid to attempt this incase my child takes in some water. I don't think it's worth the risk.

Becky - posted on 02/25/2010




I had my son in swimming lessons when he was 11 months old, and the instructor told me to do the blowing in his face thing and then dunk him. So I tried it, and he hated it! He was so upset. So I've never dunked him since. Sometimes he will stick his face in the water in his tub and then laugh. He loves the water, he's just not always sure about getting it in his face. I don't want to make him scared of the water, so I'm just letting him take it at his own pace.

User - posted on 02/25/2010




I started my two when they were 6-11 months old and dunked them (with the aid of a swim instructor) from the very beginning. They are now 16 and 14 years old, love the water and swam every week of their lives until this year when other sports got in the way. They are excellent swimmers and have been able to help younger kids who have been in difficulty in the water on occasion.

Cece - posted on 02/25/2010




I first dunked my son in water when he was 8 weeks old. He now loves the water and doesn't mind water going over his head. I want to get him used to the water so I can teach him how to swim (as I was a certified lifeguard). I surely want him to know how to swim soon. I will start giving him actual swimming lessons this summer. He will be 2 in May.

Krista - posted on 02/25/2010




I tried doing the "blow in his face" thing with Sam, and it didn't work -- the little fart wound up taking in water, and sputtering and coughing. It was pitiful. I'm just going to wait until he's old enough so that I can teach him to deliberately (instead of instinctively) hold his breath. He's happy to splash around, though, and always gets water all over his face and isn't bothered by it. So I figure that if I get him really comfortable in the water, it won't be a big deal when the time comes to show him how to hold his breath.

Sheree - posted on 02/25/2010




We have been doing lessons since 4 months as they were booked out before then (we only missed out on a month as it starts at 3 months) We dunked them under the first day. Our teacher is Auswim certified, so i figured she wouldn't let or make us do it if they werent allowed. All through summer my hubby and i have been taking her swimming as well, she she loves being under the water, She know when she is about to go under, closes her eyes and holds her breath. She is now 8 months old, i was nervous about it at first too, but i didnt want her to sense my anxiety and be afraid to do it, that the last thing i wanted.

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I don't think I would dunk their heads under water, but if they're ready to venture out and dip part of their faces in then let them...I trust at five months old you always have your hands on her while she's in the water! If she likes the water and want to lay her on her back with your hands under her so she's floating I would say that's ok too...just always keep your hands on her, which I'm sure you do!
But always make sure you clean their ears well after swimming, if they've had their heads in the water, especially if it's cold where you live, and/or a windy day. The last thing you want it a cold or worse yet an ear infection!

Erin - posted on 02/25/2010




I still haven't "dunked" my almost 3 year old. He has gone under unintentionally but I have never forced him to do it. He loves the water and loves swimming he just doesn't go under lol...

Karen - posted on 02/25/2010




i have dunked my son, he's five months now but started swimming every week when he was 3 months. i started him slowly, by just having the water run down over his face when i was washing his hair in the bath (he hated it at first and i didn't want him to be dunked at the pool and have a dislike to swimming because of it...he loves it now!) if you do swimming lessons (which start at 3 months in my area) with baby they will tell you to blow in their face and put them right under (they naturally hold their breath when you blow on them)...if you're not comfortable doing it on your own maybe go to a mommy and me swim class and you can be shown by someone who is trained to help you through until you are comfortable.

Patricia - posted on 02/25/2010




Have you done any instructional classes?
In my neighborhood there is a gym that does a parent infant swimming class. It's goal is to make the baby and parent comfortable in the water. And teaches a lot of safety techniques.

Stevie - posted on 02/25/2010




idk wow im kinda wondering this also im hoping my grandpa will be able to help me with it over the summer but i know right now with my son being 15 months old idk if i could do it he drinks out of cups with help and sometimes will get to much or like if he is leaning forword to much in the tub and his face goes in he comes up coughing so im not sure he is ready but idk either ive seen a pic of a 6 month old under water and im just like omg for real why would you do that but maybe they have always done it i think it depends on when you are ready and you think your baby is ready you can maybe try it the one time and see how she does and if you are happy with the way it happend keep doing it to help her get more acustomed to it

Jenna - posted on 02/25/2010




I took my daughter swimming for the first time when she was 8 weeks old and did it then and she was fine. She is now 5 months and have been doing it every time we go swimming

Deborah K - posted on 02/25/2010




I took my daughter swimming when she was around that same age ... dunked her under water and she held her breath and swam to the surface. It was amazing! I too was extremely nervous before I did it.

User - posted on 02/25/2010




I am sure things have changed quite a bit in the last 10 years...I dunked my kids right away. I have heard of water births, so I am sure there is no harm in dunking a baby before they are one year of age. check with your pediatrician.

Natalie - posted on 02/25/2010




I honestly never really comfortable with it. I always had their heads over water... i know, i'm a wimp. lol. I know they automatically hold their breath but i was always worried something would happen to them.

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