How to Have Success with Swim Babies
you can find a number of swim babies’ classes
that can help a child to successfully swim from an early
age. Why is this so important? In the womb the baby develops
and soon starts to move in the amniotic fluid. After
nine months the infant is already a qualified swimmer.
This means a child should have no problem adjust to water
and many find it to be immediate fun.
An instructor will often begin with kicking since swim
babies are really good at this. Parents are right there
with their infants and will use a floating device to
help keep the child’s head above water. In this
position swim babies will typically start to kick their
legs underwater. Soon the floating devices will be removed
and the parents will hold the baby in the water. Sometimes
the babies will be held by the stomach horizontally in
the water. This will help teach the swim babies how to
move around in the water, keep control and prevent them
The hardest part of teaching a baby to swim is the automatic
choke reflex which happens when their heads go underwater.
During the first few times underwater the baby will try
to inhale and start to choke. This is a habit that has
been ingrained after nine months in the womb and must
Babies need to relearn swimming and also unlearn what
they became accustomed to in the womb which is oxygenating
their lungs from breathing amniotic fluid. Swim babies
need to learn that they can’t breathe water. They
need to learn that their lungs are no longer meant to
take in oxygen in the form of liquid but that they need
to take in air. After six to ten months old swim babies
can start practice being held underwater and learn to
recognize signals of holding their breath underwater.
No matter what form of training you use to teach your
baby how to swim the splashing and fun in the water will
help to build a personal connection between the parents
and the baby. So consider signing up a for a swim class
with your baby today.
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