Splash with Dad
Exposing babies to water early is to be encouraged. Contact with water encourages the desire to swim and reduces the chances of a child developing a fear of water.
There are lots of things you can do to make swimming fun for your baby and help boost his/her confidence in the water:
- When you get in the pool, hold your baby close and keep eye contact with him/her.
- When you feel more confident, try extending your arms and swishing your baby around.
- Talk to your baby and praise him/her all the time.
- Let your baby splash and play with his/her bath toys. Throw one a few feet across the pool and “zoom” him through the water to retrieve it.
- Put your mouth under water and show your baby how to blow bubbles. This is an important lesson for him/her, as s/he can’t inhale water if s/he is blowing. If your baby is very young, blow a toy across the water and get him/her to blow it back or at least copy you blowing.
- When s/he can sit up, put him/her on the side of the pool and sing “Humpty Dumpty”. When you get to the line “Humpty Dumpty had a great fall” lift him down into the water with a splash.
- Lay him/her on his/her back with his/her head resting on your shoulder. Encourage him/her to kick his legs.
Each Pool time session will last 45 minutes