Monday, March 22, 2010

JD's Swimming Adventures: Introduction to the Pool

Now that JD is at an ideal age to begin learning how to swim, we took some time to introduce him to the swimming pool this weekend! Lately he's had what we call "mamitis" (wanting to be held and be near mommy at all times), so he was pretty hesitant to get into his new baby canopy float; but he didn't seem to mind being in the water as long as he was holding me tight. The hubby and I feel that it is really important for JD to learn how to swim (especially since we have a pool in our building). We've signed him up for swimming classes which begin in May, but until then we will be taking advantage of this wonderful Southern California weather and will continue to take him for an occasional dip. I'll be sure to keep everyone updated on his progress!

Infant Swimming Facts by
We have observed that the optimal age to start babies (swimming lessons) is between 6 months and 12 months old. At this stage the majority of infants are ripe in the water. They are comfortable, the water feels natural. These very young babies still seem to have a memory of the fluid environment in the womb. However, a window of opportunity for smooth learning still exits up to approximately 18 months old (especially for water adjustment and initial submersions). At approximately 19 months to 24 months toddlers can begin to enter the "challenging twos" phase. It is easier to teach water adjustment and breath control before this stage begins. However, it is never too late when utilizing a creative and interactive curriculum. The group class structure works miracles and motivates children to participate with their peers, at any age.‏


Amaris said...

You know what the best part of having them in the pool is? They get SO tired and sleep all night! Haha. I love JD's little shorts with the crabs.

Adriana said...

I did'nt even think of that, we need to go swimming every day. LOL!

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