Before you teach babies to swim, you should familiarize your baby with water activities, one example is to make the habit of bathing fun, occasionally you can splash water on his body. Furthermore, before taking your baby to a place to swim. You can choose a place to swim that provides comfort for you and your child or you can register for a special swimming class for babies. With the help of a special swimming class for babies, it will reduce your worries as a parent, even though in fact a big role lies with the parents in swimming classes. Infant swim classes usually consist of about 10 babies who will be guided by one instructor. The instructor will divide several sessions so that the swimming activity is relaxing and enjoyable.
Here are tips to safely teach your baby to swim:
1. Choice of swimming pools
Unlike the case with teaching swimming to children, when you teach babies, you should pay attention to several things, including the choice of swimming pools which provide special classes for mothers and babies. This aims to provide safety and comfort for you and your baby in public swimming areas.
2. Pay attention to the health condition of you and your baby
In providing comfort while swimming with your child, you should ensure your health condition and that of the baby. If your baby has bloating or other digestive problems, you should not do swimming activities.
3. During swimming provide a sense of security
Babies have a very strong bond with their parents, when doing swimming activities, you should teach your baby to swim by maintaining eye contact with him, giving smiles and encouragement to learn to swim.
4. Introduce the swimming pool to the baby
One of the best ways to introduce a swimming pool to a baby is to put the baby by the pool and then train it little by little so as not to be surprised, one way you can sit by the pool then put your baby half body into the pool and then pick him up, especially the baby. you are getting used to it.
5. Use a skin care cream
Especially for babies who have problems with their skin, before swimming should be given a gel that can help reduce the risk of skin health. To be able to ensure special handling, you should consult your pediatrician first, so that it does not disturb your baby’s comfort after swimming.
6. Show your courage when swimming
You can assure your baby that swimming is a fun activity. Put your mouth under the water and show your baby how to blow the bubbles. This is an important lesson for your baby. Then you can take the position by lying on your back with your head resting on your shoulders. Encourage him to kick his leg.