Summer is over, but that doesn’t mean that water hazards are no longer around! Are you waiting until the spring season, next year, to enroll your child in swim lessons? If so, we contacted Colleen with, “My Safe Swimmers” swim instruction school to talk about ways to safely get our children used to the water while waiting for spring to come and here is one of her great tips!!!!!!!
“…Many parents ask what may help their baby feel more comfortable about water for lessons in the Spring. I would suggest using a cup filled with warm water to pour and rinse over your child’s head in the bath tub instead of leaning back under the faucet or lying down on the back. When you pour water over an infants head they may learn natural breath control, which means close my mouth when water is around the mouth. Showers are also a great alternative! Please avoid lying your child back in a bathtub or leaning your child’s head back under the faucet. This can teach your child to rely on the support of the bathtub in the pool. This dependency can create what we call a “V” shaped float, or a bottom or arms that are constantly sinking looking for the bathtub support in the pool. These early experiences shape a child’s behavior in the pool. An infant/toddler does not know the difference between water in the bathtub or pool, it is all the same water to them. As always constant supervision around water is your best defense for water safety. I hope this information was valuable to someone out there!” – Colleen Haas
Thanks Colleen!! For more information on Colleen’s swim school, please visit her website at: www.mysafeswimmer.com