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A few words about baby swim...



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Baby swim classes require a big investment from parents, yet around 50% of parents around Australia still take their young ones to specialised swimming pools for babies.

The below are some encouraging words for those parents who are still sitting on the fence:

Healthy babies, even from the womb of their mother, perform an action of respiration through the amniotic fluid. This means that babies receive oxygen through the umbilical cord while the upper airways are normally closed. As a result, upon birth, the reflexive mechanism in their bodies that causes immediate closure of the trachea when entering the water is still active. However, this reflex usually disappears within a few weeks to a few months from birth.

No need to feel disappointed if you missed the window of opportunity to use this birth instinct as there is also a possibility of re-establishing it through training and teaching, with the help of qualified instructor, in specialised swimming lessons for infants.

Things to do at home:

A simulated controlled experience in the bathtub long before you take your baby to a public swimming pool or lessons has the potential to maintain your baby’s innate skill / reflex. This is done by gently pouring water down your baby’s face during her bath time. This should be her special joyful time, when she is relaxed and available to interact with you.

For more information about how to do this please contact us via: info@aquanat.com.au

Please also note that this is not a reflex that allows a baby to stay under the water for a long time but only a few seconds.

Therefore, when it comes to submerging (going completely under the water), please do not do it in the bathroom, but go to a designated group, under professional supervision and guidance in a pool and program that are designed for this purpose.

Can babies really swim?

Most swimming professional experts say that children cannot be taught to swim until the age of 4. This is true only if we think that specific movements need to be learned.

Babies are able to naturally move under the water using instinctive mammalian movements as early as they lean to turn, reach for toys, crawl, and walk.

Later on, as early as 16-24 months, if being exposed to enough water play, they are able to lift their heads above the water to take a breath between diving and moving. But this is not the most important outcome and definitely not the focus; it is only a byproduct of a good and consistence aquatic experience.

So, what is the focus?

To provide safety and facilitate a pleasant, encouraging, supportive and stimulating environment, while enjoying the quality of the child - parent interaction.

The practice of movement within the water has quite a few benefits:

First of all – it is a quality fun activity to do with your baby.

And then, there are of course some developmental advantages as well, such as:

  • Improved mental skills such as focus/concentration and interpersonal communication.

  • Encourages motor skills