Both my sons love water. They have ever since they were newborns taking their first baths. Is the love for water instinctive in babies since they’ve been swimming around in the uterus for the last nine months? I would have thought so if it weren’t for my god daughter who hated taking baths so much that her parents had to put her in fully clothed and slowly take off her clothes while she was sitting in the bath tub. Then again, is it a dislike for water, or just taking a bath?
With Gavin, we were rather cautious about taking him swimming in public pool and didn’t make a trip out there until he was one year. By then, he had developed all sorts of fears – as all one-year-olds do – and only wanted to play in the shallow end of the pool. He didn’t like any part of the pool where his feet couldn’t touch the ground, and he didn’t like getting his face wet.
If you’ve read Glenn Doman’s book “How to Teach Your Baby to be Physically Superb“, he says that babies are born to swim. In fact, they have a swimming instinct that is maintained for the first six months of life – they naturally hold their breath under water and they instinctively move their arms and legs in the water. If you capitalise on this instinct, you can teach a baby to swim. (N.B. Before you run out and throw the baby into the deep end of the pool, make sure you learn more about this and how to teach your baby to swim safely – you can start with Douglas Doman’s book “How to Teach Your Baby to Swim“).
When Gareth was born, I didn’t wait until he was a year old before I took him swimming. He went swimming for the first time when he was four months old and he loved it. Since then, we’ve been trying to make regular weekly trips to the pool. Now that Gareth is out-growing his swim suit, we need to look for another. How timely it is that Mummy’s Reviews is having a swim diaper giveaway. The swim diaper up for grabs is a fancy little number by Tiny Pants. Head over there and check it out now…