I want to start swim lessons for my baby, how old does she have to be? Mary Ellen
Miss Bea: Start preparing your baby for swimming from her first bath. Take her to a pool or hot tub that you know is clean and warm. My DVD gives specific examples on how to hold your baby and what to do to get her to learn to go under water. You will become confident as you watch other mothers do it!
Can I drown proof my infant (survival swimming for babies)? Barbara
Miss Bea: There is no way to drown proof your infant. Your child's safety around the water depends on your watchful eyes! However, research has recently proven that baby swim programs have reduced drowning statistics. But, in my opinion, "survival swimming lessons" can do more harm than good. Look for baby swimming programs that use gentle techniques where you are in the water with your baby. Teaching your baby to hold his breath with my easy technique that you can teach in the bath, is a good way to start. Should a child fall into a pool, before he learns to turn around and grasp the side, he can hold his breath for around 2 minutes giving time for you to get the child out of the water without suffering brain damage. Most water accident victims are found within 5 minutes of immersion.
What are some things that I can do in the bathtub to prepare my baby for the pool? Joyce
Miss Bea: In my new Swim Lesson DVD I show a mom in the bathtub with a 3 month old floating on her back and I show how she supports her baby on her belly and has the baby push off the end of the tub. Also, pouring water on the face of the baby so that the baby learns to not react with panic and swallow water when submerged under the water.
Last year my 3 yo loved the water. This year she won't get near the pool. What should I do? Chris
Miss Bea: Make deals with her where she can earn prizes! First, she has to sit and watch other kids in the pool, or watch my DVD that shows children having fun swimming. Next, have her just sit and put her feet in the pool. At home, watch pictures from last year and swimming videos where she and others are smiling and having fun. Practice with her favorite toy in the bathtub and shower putting her own face under water. Next time in the pool, she goes in the shallow part with you sitting right next to you. Then do some of the games that I show in the dvd. Soon, she will be asking for more - and more treats, of course!.
What is all the fuss with baby swimming? How much can my baby learn? Linda
Miss Bea: A 2009 study by the Norwegian University of Science & Technology researched benefits to baby swimming. Baby's movement in the water helps improve general co-ordination and balance and heart health, and learning to swim with toys will help your little one's co-ordination and motor skills as well as being a good bonding time with your baby..
Should we use flotation rings or arm bands? Dan
Miss Bea: All the pool arm floats, swim rings and tubes are fun and can be used to help the child with the swimming skills. But don't make the child put on a flotation device as soon as you get to the pool or the child will learn to trust the float and become dependent on the floats and become afraid of swimming..
My two yo has Down Syndrome. My doctor told me to take her in the pool. Will your swim lesson DVD help me with her? Morgan
Miss Bea: Yes, because I give you step by step swimming instructions that you can see parents performing with their children. Also little Ashley will enjoy watching the children in the water and try to imitate them.
What about water in his ears? Joanie
Miss Bea: If your child is prone to outer ear infections (swimmer's ear), you can put "swim ear" drops that can be bought at the drug store to help evaporate any moisture in the ear, but many doctors say that they are not necessary.
My baby is 11 weeks old. When can we put him in a swimming pool? Tania
Miss Bea: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends not to take babies to a pool before 6 months. That is due to the germs he can pick up from the water before his immune system is developed. But if it is a private pool and you know that the chemicals are balanced, you can take the baby as soon as the umbilical cord falls off. Hold the baby close to you until he gets used to the water temperature. Hold the baby securely if the baby can't hold his head up since you don't want him to swallow water. I show you some holds on my DVD. If water gets splashed in his face just wipe his nose.
My toddler loves the water and he thinks he can swim. He wants me to let him go. Tracy
Miss Bea: I bet he loves the tub and even puts his face under the water in the tub so you think that he can hold his breath. Do this in the pool. Hold him close to you count to three and jump up taking a breath then go under the water together for a split second. You spit and blow out and laugh and see if he does the same. Make it a game and stay under the water a little longer each time. As he gets used to being under water you can stay longer and even let him go... More games like this in my swim lesson DVD.
My child screams in the water but we have a pool and live near a lake. Should I wait for lessons? Shari
Miss Bea: If the child is afraid, take it slow. The child needs to trust you. Are you mixing your signals? Is he going under water without enough warning? The child has no control in the water and he knows it. Are you comfortable and confident with the lesson? Be calm and loving. Ignore the crying and laugh and have fun. Go under water together. Have your child push you or your spouse under the water. If you cannot have a calming relaxing attitude, someone else may have go in the pool with your child. Have friends in the water, maybe a babysitter...
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