Being a single mom can be hard, especially with babies. What better way to bond with your child than swimming with your baby? Swimming for babies can be so much fun, for you and the child. You will bond and your child will learn some important skills along the way. With your busy schedule as a single mom, It is important that you still manage some time with your baby.
This article will discuss exactly how swimming for babies should work out and what the necessary precautions and cautions are.
First off, I do not recommended baby swimming classes, only because you must get your child accustomed to water before you are ready to make the investment of paying for your child’s classes. Take them out for a day to make a close by lake or swimming pool. See how they feel around water and get them accustomed to it before you sign them up for swimming classes for babies. Wait until your child is more and more comfortable in the water, and they will start to show in the tub as well.
What do you need when you take your baby swimming?
• Swim Diapers are a must. Babies do not have control yet and they will go for it whenever they feel best. This is extremely important.
• Take a soft towel or a dressing gown with a towel. Make sure you wrap the towel around them as soon as they get out. This is the best way to prevent you child from getting too sick.
• Take a few toys so that you can promote a relaxed environment for the toddler or baby.
What are some swimming for babies safety tips?
Yes, It is very important that you are safe, especially when babies are swimming because you must take precaution as little babies can be fragile.
Here are a couple tips:
• Make sure you are taking your baby swimming in a warm pool. Heated is always best for a baby so that they do not get super cold. Sometimes you can ask the pool attendant if they recommend the water for babies.
• Make sure that your swim time does not go above 30 minutes. Start off at 10 minutes. Then next time come back and stay for 20 minutes. Build up to 30 minutes. However, make sure you and your baby are not in the pool for more than 30 minutes.
• Do not take your baby swimming if they are sick or are getting over a cold or such. Wait another 48 hours of them being absolutely fine and then take them again.
• Make sure you wrap your child up with a towel right after you get out and take him out and wrap him up once he starts shivering.
What can you do to introduce your child to swimming concepts?
I will mention some things that you can do with your baby once you are in the pool. Always make sure that you are making eye contact with your baby at all times. Also praise them so they are confident to keep going. Also swish your baby around and much as possible so they really get a feel for the water.
1) Give your child some bath toys and let him splash with it. Also throw some a couple feet away and swoosh: your baby through water so they are able to get it.
2) Put your month under the water and blow some bubbles. Explain it your baby as well. They can also try. However make sure that they are blowing, so they don’t inhale water. As long as they are blowing bubbles, you can rest assured they are not swallowing any of the water.
3) Sit your toddler or baby on the side of the pool. I recommended singing a rhyme like “Humpty Dumpty” and then splashing them into the water. Gently is the key.
4) Hold them on their back and ask them to kick. You can also demonstrate so your baby follows.
Babies are actually much better swimmers than you think. They know how to hold their breath. This is why many people recommend intruding your child to the water as soon as possible. Once you and your child are comfortable doing the above strokes and things, you guys are ready to move on to toddler swim classes. Have fun and enjoy these special bonding moments with your babies.