How to teach a baby to swim
Knowing how to manage in the water is a necessity nowadays for human beings. Even if you do not live near the sea, sooner or later there will be an occasion to take a dip, and for your own safety, as well as being aware of the dangers of the aquatic environment, it is essential to swim well.
Gradually, as their emotional maturity, abilities and physical development evolve, they will be able to move freely in the water with the help of a safety device that allows them to float. These can be rubber cuffs, bubbles, belts or vests. It depends on the age and some other factors, as we explained in the topic dedicated to explaining the differences between them.
Logically, the more experience they have accumulated in their first months of life and the more they come into contact with the water, the faster they will learn and the shorter this process will be. For this reason, it is not possible to generalize learning times.
How to teach a 2-year-old to swim
But we must not confuse matroswimming with the practice of infant swimming! In fact, matroswimming is not intended for the baby to learn to swim or float. But then, what is matroswimming for? At what age is it recommended? We tell you all the benefits of matroswimming in this article.
Matroswimming is an activity that takes place in the water and seeks to stimulate the baby’s senses. It is a pleasant and recreational experience where the infant can learn basic skills in an environment that promotes rapid learning.
Prenatal matroswimming consists of a series of aquatic exercises during pregnancy. It is a highly recommended activity as it improves oxygenation of the fetus and prepares the mother’s body throughout the gestation process.
The purpose of the matroswimming classes during the first stage is to get to know the program and the instructors. This is an initial phase in which greater physical body contact is sought between the infant and its parents. Splashing exercises and gentle movement around the pool in the arms of the parents are common.
How to teach a 3 year old to swim
Knowing how to swim is not only an important life insurance for our children, but it is also one of the most complete sports that exist, as well as a fun hobby if practiced safely.
Being an aerobic sport, we will be helping our circulatory and respiratory system, strengthening the heart and lungs. In addition, we will favor the postural alignment, mitigating, in many occasions, the back pains.
And as if these benefits were not enough, with swimming, our children will also gain in agility and coordination, we will help them prevent childhood obesity and improve concentration and rest.
Once these steps have been mastered, our children will have become familiar with the aquatic environment, they will have learned to breathe, float and gain confidence and fluency in order to learn the technique of swimming as a sports discipline.
Swimming for 1-year-old babies
Before the age of six months, babies are extremely vulnerable to sun exposure and it is not advisable to use sunscreen creams, but to use physical barriers (T-shirt, umbrella, hat). Therefore, the best recommendation is to keep the baby in the shade and not in the sea or in the swimming pool in full sunlight.
Swimming pool water contains chlorine and other chemicals that can affect the baby’s delicate skin. In addition, swimming pools, especially crowded ones, are a breeding ground for microorganisms that can cause skin irritations or lead to eye and ear infections.
A resource that parents use a lot is the inflatable pool with a little water to cool the baby so that he can play there quietly with his toys without splashing or wave movements.
It is always advisable for the baby to be able to sit up on his own and of course, to be supervised at all times. Remember that a few centimeters of water are enough to cause drowning.