7 Things You Need To Know When Teaching Your Baby To Swim
7 Things You Need To Know When Teaching Your Baby To Swim
One of the biggest dangers to children of all ages is water; even just a few inches can be deadly. Every year you hear about children drowning in pools or ponds, sometimes at home and sometimes while out on vacation. It is a very scary reality for parents, but the sad part is many of these deaths can be avoided if you just take the time to teach your baby how to swim.
Now most of us think that babies are too young to learn how to swim, after all most babies don’t even learn how to walk or talk until they are about one. And, even once they learn how to do that, listening and following directions is a whole different story. So, with those kinds of challenges many people think teaching babies to swim is a waste of time. In fact, some of the experts don’t recommend swimming lessons start until a child is four years old, but many times by then it is too late. Sure, they might not be able to learn the four basic strokes, but they can still learn how to swim, so to speak.
And, now with summer in full swing parents are now, more than ever thinking about how to teach their babies to swim. If this is something that you are serious about, here are 7 things you need to know about teaching your baby how to swim.
#1 Holding Their Breath
One of the first things that you must teach your baby in regards to swimming is how to hold their breath. The last thing you want your baby to do when putting their face into the water is to breathe in, as that will cause them to inhale a lungful of water. Teaching them how to hold their breath isn’t very difficult, but it will take some time. The best way to teach them is in the bathtub during bath time or at least this is the perfect time to introduce this. With baby sitting up in the tub, slowly pour some water over their head. When pouring the water, don’t dump the whole cup, you want to start with small amounts at a time. This teaches them that the water isn’t going to hurt them, but also to close their mouth and not breathe when the water hits their face.
#2 Jumping Into The Pool
This is vital when it comes to teaching your baby how to swim because it teaches them how to safely enter the pool. By teaching them how to jump into the pool with you in front of them, you are instilling in them that it is only okay to enter the pool when you are in it. To start teaching them, have them sit on the edge of the pool and wait there while you enter the pool. Once you are in the pool, you must give your baby permission to jump in. It doesn’t matter what phrases you use, just that you are consistent and use the same phrase each time.
#3 Blowing Bubbles
This is one of the best ways to teach our child to hold their breath under the water, far better than dumping water over their heads. It can also help reinforce the fact that they need to hold their breath underwater, if they are already used to the water being dumped over their heads. Blowing bubbles under the water, this can be done on the surface first, with babies face resting gently on the surface. To best way to teach them how to do this is to show them how, they love mimicking your behavior, besides blowing bubbles is always fun.
#4 Floating On Back
Learning how to safely float on their backs is one t=of the best skills your baby will learn. Being able to float on their back will allow them to rest comfortably as they catch their breath from swimming. In fact, most babies will be able to turn from belly to back long before they can lift their head to breathe. In the beginning you will have to hold your baby to teach them to float, but with practice they will soon be doing it on their own.
whether you are on top of the water floating or underneath the surface, the only way you are going to get anywhere is by kicking, same thing holds true for your baby. This is why one of the first things taught in structured swimming lessons is how to kick. Holding baby in front of you, so that their legs are splayed out behind them encourage them to kick through the water.
#6 Going Underwater Together
Going underwater together also helps teach baby how to hold their breath. The best way to work up to this is to start by doing bobs together. When first starting out only bob down to where the water touches babies chin, don’t start bobs by dunking your child as this can startle them. Slowly go deeper, how deep you go will be determined by your babies comfort level. Once they are comfortable you can go all the way under together. Again start off slow and slowly increase the time spent underwater.
#7 Climbing Out
One of the most important things that you need to teach your child in regards to swimming is getting out of the pool. As soon as you start introducing them to the water you will want to show them how to climb out of the pool using the sides. Take your baby to the side of the pool and have them hang onto the edge. Let them hold on for a little while and then encourage them to climb out. In the beginning you will have to help them, but you want to encourage them to do as much on their own as possible.
When it comes to teaching your baby how to swim, you are doing so in order for them to be safe around the water. However, that will never take the place of supervision. From day one you must always reiterate to your child that they cannot enter the pool without you in it, as long as you are consistent, even the youngest children will learn. And, always supervise your child closely when they are in the water, being complacent in the fact that your child can swim will never prevent an accident from happening.
“YES, I am ready to enrol my baby in swimming class!”
These are some of our recommended swimming schools in Klang Valley who offers swimming lessons for babies:-
Image credit: Putrajaya Swimming Class
- AQUA BABIES SWIMMING CLASS – by Putrajaya Swimming Class
Location: Palm Garden Hotel, Putrajaya
Lesson Fees: RM 250 for 8 lessons
Image credit: Splash Aquatic Center
- SWIMMING CLASS FOR BABIES – by Splash Aquatic Centre
Location: Shah Alam
Lesson Fees: RM 530 for 8 lessons
Image credit: Berenang Itu Best
- BABY & ME – by Berenang Itu Best (BIB) Swim
Location: Jalan Padang, PJ Old Town
Lesson Fees: RM 650 for 12 lessons or RM 1200 for 24 lessons
Image credit: Advanced Aquatics
- AQUA BABIES SWIMMING – by Advanced Aquatics
The Club, Bandar Utama
Amigo Club, 16 Sierra, Puchong