Did you watch Nona last Sunday? There was a segment on teaching Bella how to swim.. Whoever missed it can watch it on TontonTV. Its from Nona Episode 21 :) I still get a lot of questions on how to teach your baby to swim. So here I put it down in written.. well, not me actually. This was written by Bella’s daddy. I guess he is my guest blogger now!! Hehehhe.. I just inserted pictures in between it :D
So, here you go..
“Teaching your babies how to swim ….
Babies stayed for 9 months in the mother’s womb filled with water ( amniotic fluid ) , hence its only natural that babies will feel at home when they are being brought back to the water environment . Its important to teach babies how to swim at an early age . In fact the earler the better for them . Babies are born genius and they can adapt very well to their surroundings .
But why do we teach our baby Isabella to swim at a very early age ? Many parents out there worry that they might drown or gulp plenty of water which can be dangerous . There’s no doubt that you cant simply throw the babies into the pool and expect them to float by themselves . You need to know the technique on how to do it .
Here are some tips on how we teach Bella how to swim and dive underwater at the age of 6 months .
We started Bella at the age of one month starting in the bathtub . We filled the bathtub with water till it reaches upto the face covering both her ears while we lay down Bella and stabilize the neck to prevent her from swallowing any water . The idea is to make the baby comfortable in the water .
Once Bella is comfortable which lasted for 2 weeks , we decided to go to the next step. We give Bella an instruction “ Bella , Ready , Go ! “ and we pour water with a cup of water onto her head and flowing down on her face . By doing this , the baby would start to know when to hold her breath . There are times when water goes into her mouth and the babies will start coughing . Stop for a while until they become comfortable again . We did this everytime its bathtime for Bella and that means 5-10 times of pouring the cup of water per session three times per day . The purpose is to teach Bella to hold her breath each time she heard our instructions “ Bella , Ready Go ! “ .
By the time Bella is 4 months we knew she was ready to go into the pool .
Bella loved the water as she had waterbirth . This eases our process to introduce her into the pool. Make sure the temperature of water is right . Wear a thermal cloth if necessary . If the baby is comfortable and not showing any signs of stress like crying , you can start the next step.
By saying out loud “ Bella Ready Go ! “ bring the baby underwater for a short duration .
As time goes by , you can increase them to 3 secs , 5 secs even upto 10 secs as how Bella is able to do now . But remember ! Safety to the baby is the top priority . And never leave the baby alone unguarded or unsupervised …..
Starting to teach the baby to swim has many advantages . It increases muscle tone, , bone development and even IQ ! Most importantly it might help the child to save their own lives or others in the future .
Best of luck on your babies .
And remember … its never too late to teach your child on how to swim”
So, that’s from little B’s daddy…
While at the pool phase, we called up a professional coach to teach Bella since mommy is like a chicken in the water. Hhahaha.. To be honest, I was worried to put her underwater and daddy can’t be doing it alone. So, we decided to hire someone to teach Bella with daddy. That’s where Albert, Bella’s coach came in the picture. Now Bella is doing great underwater.