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What Can Your Baby Do at the Swimming Pool?

Thinking of bring your baby to the swimming pool?

Swimming with your child is an intimate experience where you and your baby will enjoy without any distractions such as phone calls, text messages or television programs. It helps build trust between your baby and you. This play time together with your child will help to lay a firm foundation. This is an important phase of their growing up that you will not want to miss.

We recommend a list of activities that you can enrage with your child in the water according to their age group

Here’s a list of things that they can do in water!


6 to 18 months

Your child can:
  • Explore the water and start to feel comfortable in it.
  • Do very basic kicking and pulling movements.
  • Begin to master floating, gliding, blowing bubbles, changing directions, and getting in and out of the water (all with help).
Fun ways to learn:
  • Get in the water first and then give your baby some kind of cue that you're going to bring him in with you.
  • Whether it's "one, two, three, four" or "ready, set, go," use the same phrase every time.
  • Sing songs related to water, for example "Row, Row, Row Your Boat", while you teach your child new skills, like floating on their back or kicking their feet. Pairing a melody with movements will help them remember better.
Keep in mind:
  • Another way to explore the water together is to take a swim class. An ideal age to start is when your baby is 6 months old, says Connie Harvey, aquatics expert at the American Red Cross. You will learn how to handle them in the water and build a foundation for swimming.
  • Classes should have no more than 10 to 15 pairs.
  • Don't forget swim diapers for your baby.

18 months to 3 years

Your child can:
  • Continue to build on the skills he'll need to swim, like basic arm motions and kicking.
  • Get in and out of the water by himself using the stairs (when he's closer to 3).
  • Learn to dunk his head and hold his breath.
  • Jump in next to you.
Fun ways to learn:
  • To practice submerging, your child can reach down to retrieve plastic rings or toys in the baby pool's shallow end.
  • Toss a floating toy in the water and have your child reach for it and pull it toward him. "This teaches the basic arm motions for learning to paddle," says Beth Meyer, associate aquatics director at the Downtown Berkeley YMCA, in Berkeley, California.
  • To move around in the water, he can pretend he's a train chugging along the side of the pool: Have him scoot his hands along the edge.
Keep in mind:
  • Any class you take should still be together  -- formal swim lessons can come later.
  • Though your toddler's now more independent in the water, stay within arm's reach at all times.
  • Remember swim diapers!
Credits:
Parenting.com