After four months babies can be taken to swimming taking advantage of the innate reflexes that they will start to lose from the year. The classes take place in adapted pools for babies in which the water is at 32 degrees and does not last more than 30 minutes .
Here are some Tips Before you Start:
- Consult the pediatrician, he will guide you if your baby is ready to start classes.
- A few days before starting, you can reduce the temperature of the bath at home little by little until 32 degrees, the temperature that the pool will have.
- If you use toys for the bathroom, it is recommended that you also take them to the pool. That way he will feel identified.
- It is important that there are no more than 10 children in the classes and that the pool is about 32 degrees.
- In the classes you will learn to hold the baby correctly to continue learning during the holidays.
Do not be discouraged if the baby cries the first day. It is normal to be afraid of classes at first, but they will end up charming you. You must have patience and never show fear so that the baby does not lose heart.
- The objective at this age is not for the child to learn to float or start swimming movements, but to feel safe and enjoy the water.
At 3-4 years
From this age, children can begin to acquire the swimming movements. The most important thing is not to force him into the water but to convince him that the pool is a very fun place.
- To begin, go with him into the water and hold him under the armpits, then ask him to kick or slosh with his hands.
- Later you can hold on to the curb of the pool and splash with your legs.
- Soon you will begin to realize that you can float and then learn to swim with help elements such as the cork board or the board belt.
- It is better to avoid the float because the child can turn around with it on and the cuffs that hinder the movement of the arms and delay learning.
- The time to start swimming without help varies a lot from one child to another but, usually, it usually takes about a year.
- Teach him how other children play in the water. If you still have fear, better leave it for later.
How to Overcome the Fear of Water:
- Do not force the child into the water, it can make the fear increase instead of disappearing.
- Teach her that the pool is a fun place to take her toys. Ask him to throw a small toy into the water so he can see how it floats.
- To familiarize yourself with the pool you can sit with him on the curb to get his feet wet or get close to the water and get his face wet.
- You should always see a smile in you to increase self-confidence.