Teaching your baby to swim can be really fun for you and for the baby too. It is not just like some people think, put your baby inside the water and it will swim on its own.
There are several tips on how to teach your baby to swim that I would like to present to your parents.
You should start teaching it in the bathtub. It is the easiest way for your baby to get used to water. Get inside with it, make him feel safe and make the whole situation fun for it. Feeling the water on its head will be something new, so, get a cup of water and easily pour it all over its hair, the way it will flow over its face.
Time it right. You can start teaching your baby on water as early as you think it will enjoy it, and of course as long as it has healed belly button. Baby will feel more comfortable in the pool, depending on how much younger it was when starting doing it. And of course, don’t forget to inform your pediatrician before starting the lesions.
Check the temperature. Babies are not regulating the body temperature as we can so 92F degrees are almost like their body temperature. This does not mean that if the pool temperature is cooler you cannot get your baby into it, but you will probably have to get your baby outside of the pool at every 10 minutes and try to warm it up again. Pay attention to its fingers, toes color, lips and if it starts turning into purplish, that’s the sign to get out the baby from the pool.
Build a strong bond with your baby. Being into the water only for safety is not the right thing to do. Besides the safety, holding your baby skin to skin will make your babe feel safe and this will make your bond stronger.
Make it fun. When you are in the water with your baby, make something fun, like singing or maybe playing some games such as motorboat to make your baby fun and entertaining. Talk to it with a gentle voice, or sing songs and put a smile on your face all the time, especially if your baby is unprepared to be into the water. Seeing you singing and smiling will make him sure that it is safe.
Follow your baby’s lead. Some babies can get into the water immediately, without any preparation, but some of them can be more hesitant. That’s why it is very important for you to follow your baby directions, and definitely not to push it or try anything that it is not prepared to do it. If the baby starts to cry or to get hard to please, get it out of the water to make it warp or you can also offer something to eat and rest.
PS. If you’re baby does not like this, we highly recommend you get a one of these cool kiddie pools and have him/her just play in it – slowly you will move to the bigger pool with your kid and that’s when the real fun begins!
Using floaters can be essential for this process, so if you want to try it, I would recommend which I think is the best for your kid.
Swimways Baby Spring Float is the right choice to get your baby used to water.