When you raise the baby, you can wipe the baby's nose so that not even a tiny water bubble will go into his nose.
Never say"hold your breath." The child doesn’t know what that means. If an older child is swallowing water, Say “Close your mouth.” Show the child how to make chipmunk cheeks. Hold up a finger like a birthday candle for the child to blow out when he comes up from under the water.
Teach the child to stand up by himself and grab the side when he gets to the steps. Drowning may occur when a child cannot stand up by himself when he gets to the side and you are not there to help him.
Never step back as the child is swimming to you . The child must trust you and master each step with confidence.
***If you have the LEARN TO SWIM WITH MISS BEA - DVD, all of this will be shown with real children acting out their activities. Be assured that you will not be hurting your baby. You will not be holding your baby under the water long enough for the baby to swallow water. Add your own games and toys to distract the child, praising and clapping for each accomplishment. Until a baby learns to swim, holding his breath may save him if he falls in the water. You will see as you hear me talk and explain the progression and you will be able to teach your child to go under water too!
Now get in the water and do it!!
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