Teach Your Baby to Be Independent: How to Teach Your Baby to Swim

Swimming is one of the enjoyable and fun activities that parents can do with their kids. It also has health benefits because it engages your child’s primary muscle blocks which will encourage healthy growth and development. There are few other things that your child can learn from swimming lessons such as patience, endurance, and respect which can significantly help your child in life.

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There is no recommended age at which you should start teaching your how baby to swim. This may be because children spend nine-month suspended in amniotic fluid in the womb. However, there are few safety tips you need to consider before you start teaching your baby how to swim.

Safety Tips

Water can cause fatal accidents to your baby if the security measures are not put in place. A child can drown in less than 30 seconds, and that’s why parental or professional supervision is important at all time. Here are some safety measures you need to consider when going swimming with your baby:

  • When you are teaching a child below the age of three years you should never submerge them because can swallow large quantities water.
  • Always be around your child to help them when they are tired because children do not have the endurance to swim for an extended period.
  • Check the water temperature if your baby is below a year old because cold water increasing your baby’s vulnerability to freezing.
  • Always carry swim diapers with you. This will prevent your baby's waste from leaking into the water.
  • Have someone to help you if you are not very confident about yourself handling the process. Panic attacks can be fatal because your baby will be rendered helpless if they are in trouble.
  • Ensure that your baby is on their best health condition before swimming.

The techniques you use will determine how receptive your baby will be to learn how to swim and how long it will take. The best techniques will help your baby overcome fear and gain confidence, and learn the proper motions for smooth and efficient swimming.

How to Teach Your Baby to Swim

There are some essential skills that your child will be required to learn for active swimming. These skills include: floating, kicking, digging, submerging into water, holding breath under water, and gliding. These set of skills are acquired gradually depending on your child’s age and ability to interpret the concepts.

Floating is the first skill that parents teach their children when teaching them how to swim. Children are spongy and can easily float, but positioning and fear are the main cause of your child submerging into the water when they try to float.

You have to familiarize your child with the idea of having water in their face and head. A bathtub is the safest place to start the swimming lessons as the area is small and you have full control of the situation. Periodically go into the bathtub with your baby and help them gain confidence in the water. Let your child float on their back as you gradually withdraw the support you provide for them. This may take some time for your child to master, so you have to be patient. If your child is old enough to hold their head above water, you can put water in the bathtub and let them pretend to swim. This will help your child master the coordination of legs and hands while swimming.

Transitioning from the bathtub to swimming pool is the next step. The pool is a different scenario and if you are not confident in yourself get a person to help you in the process. Compose yourself and remain loving and also ensure that your child is comfortable with the transition because it will determine their openness to learn new skills. The pool steps provide a shallow safe ground that you can start the transition.

Let your baby associate the pool with having a good time. Make the pool experience fun by getting your child their favorite bath toys and encouraging them. Also being actively engaged in the process will make it fun, and your child will want to imitate you rather than just instructing from the sideline. Read your child’s emotions to tell when they are tired or bored. To make the learning process efficient, you have to make your child enthusiast about going to the pool. You can take them to a pool that has other children so that they get motivated and have fun.

Trust is important during swimming lessons. Capture your child’s trust and let them know you will be there for them in case something goes wrong. This is one way of boosting your child’s confidence in the pool. Hold them while they are still learning the basic coordination in the pool and reward your child for their effort. Hold your baby under their armpits and encourage them to kick or place your hand under their belly and let them kick and dig water as much as they want. Be consistent with your signals in the pool to avoid any confusion. Eye contact and talking calmly to your reassures your child that nothing bad will happen to them.

It is important that you teach your child how to breathe while they are in the pool to avoid incidences of drowning. Blowing bubbles is one of the best techniques of teaching our child how to breathe in water. It will also help them avoid swallowing large amounts of water.

If you take your child to a swimming school, encourage them to follow the instructor’s guidelines. Support and praise them when they show progress to boost their confidence. Children are always eager to learn new skills and once they learn how to float and move around in water the rest will be easy for them to learn. It is better to start the swimming lessons earlier in your child’s life. Swimming is a great activity and will give your child an amazing experience, but you always have to ensure that their safety is observed before letting them into the pool.

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I'm Paula Noble. I'm one of the leading freelancers in parenting and relationship niche among other niches that aim to improve our everyday life and also a motivational speaker. I'm a mother who prides herself with my three beautiful children. I graduated from Argosy University Washington, DC with BA Journalism, media studies, and communication. I worked as an editor for more than 10 years then quit to focus on personal projects. I contributed a lot to the journalism industry and had traveled the world mentoring the girl child to let their voices be heard. Some of my remarkable mentorship tours include Let Africa Speak. A tour that was aimed at strengthening the position of women in Africa with the primary focus being in the media industry. I believe that information is power and the person who controls it controls the world around them. This principle guides her through life and inspires most of my writing and ventures in life.

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