5 Tips for teaching your baby to swim. We provide expert tips on how to teach your baby to swim.
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Baby swimming lessons should be a safe, enjoyable journey for all. In this article we explore the importance of conditioning and breath control. Why taking your time with this process matters to ensure a happy child.
Turning skills are a vital component of water safety for babies and young children. It is important for babies to learn how to turn to safety, whether it’s towards a parent, a ledge, or the side of the pool. This skill can be introduced to babies who have good breath control and have been attending regular swimming lessons, usually between 8 to 12 months of age.
Showering with baby is an ideal bonding activity that can be easily incorporated into a bedtime routine. There are some important tips to follow for a safe and enjoyable experience. These include wearing a T-shirt to prevent slipping, setting a warm water temperature, acclimatizing baby to the shower spray, teaching breath control through conditioning, and using positive social referencing to make the experience fun. Never leave baby unattended and always supervise during bath and shower time.
By 11 months of age, Evie has achieved exceptional breath control, making it the perfect time to focus on more complex swimming skills like down turn arounds and swim arounds. Learn the steps to perform down turn arounds safely and the importance of swim arounds in teaching directional change and breath control in the water.
At 10 months old, Evie is gaining more confidence and independence in the water. This month, the focus is on extending her breath control, floating to and from the ledge, and introducing safety turns. On land, Evie is now capable of walking along a wall, climbing up stairs, and loves to dance.
Learn how to help 7-month-old Evie build independence and extend her breath control in the water. Discover tips for gripping the t-shirt, underwater submersion and free floating, and shallow water exploration under strict adult supervision.
Grandpa Laurie takes over swimming lessons for 6-month-old Evie. The focus is on building her independence in the water by getting her to grip and hold on. Cup conditioning and increasing breath control are still important, and Evie is now capable of free floating. Shallow water exploration is also introduced, but always under adult supervision within arms reach.
Learn how to reinforce your baby’s breath control with verbal trigger and mix up bath and shower conditioning to avoid relying on visual triggers. Discover the benefits of using a double trigger system and the importance of safety during the conditioning process.