We have the following suggestions to help your little one get used to water:
- From an early age, pour or trickle water over his head and wet his eyes with a small cup, bucket, wet face cloth or sponge.
- Never wipe his eyes to dry them and teach him from an early age to blink when he has water in his eyes.
- Blowing bubbles in the bath is fun. As he gets older, he can practice blowing through a straw. Blowing bubbles is essential for breathing during swimming.
- Floating toys in the pool is a great way to get him to move his arms and legs to get the toy.
- The ideal way to hold your baby in the pool is to hold him with your thumbs on his shoulder blades, ensuring that his chin is touching the water but making sure his mouth isn’t submerged so he doesn’t swallow water.
- From an early age, get him to jump to you in the water from a step or the side of the pool. Make sure you always catch him as he lands in the water (and not in the air).
By: Britt – Living and Loving.