The Water Babies South Africa approach is a loving, gentle approach to introducing babies to the water, helping them to develop a fondness for water that will last a lifetime and benefit them by giving the invaluable gift of learning a life skill that could save their lives. Water Babies South Africa will provide you with simple techniques which are clearly explained and a step-by-step guide to parents. We are able to give you very clear explanations of the essential early practices of aquatic development. Benefits Having taught infants to swim, I can attest to the remarkable advantages of babies swimming. So, given the history of infant swimming and its wonderful advantages, it is a must for every parent who wishes to develop a special bond with their little ones. Water Babies will assist the very foundation of aquatic sport from early development through to the elite athlete who has been taught the correct fundamental skills from an early age.
Why is it important to start as early as possible?
TEACHING YOUR CHILD TO SWIM is one of life’s true pleasures. It is an activity that plays a major part in the bonding process between the parent and the child. Many parents, however, just don’t know what to do, and some transmit their fears and lack of confidence to their child. Your baby’s introduction to water, from the very first bath to the first visit to a pool or a beach, should be one of fun and happiness. It is important to ensure that your child is confident and content in this new water environment, as these early experiences provide the foundation for the development of invaluable aquatic skills. From birth, New-born babies have the natural ability to “swim” through the water unassisted. New-born baby can only paddle a few feet because, at birth, his head is one-third the weight of his body so he is unable to raise it out of the water to breathe. This is one of the skills he must be taught.
From birth New-born babies have the natural ability to “float”. You will notice when you place your baby on their backs in the water they automatically inflate their tummies to float and if you tilt them left or right you will note the air pocket in their tummy will go to the opposite side to stabilize them in the water. They have this ability from birth up to 10 months and then loose this ability if they have not used it. When they are older you have to reteach them this ability again if they have not used it but by that time they have more understanding and awareness of water and it is more difficult to teach. For a water baby using this ability from early will help them keep it for life.
New-born babies’ breath the majority of the time through their nose up until 6 months so when they get any water in their mouth they spit it out and do not swallow or choke on it. At 6 months this changes and they start breathing through their nose mouth. The implications of this is that if they get water in their mouth or nose, they choke on it as they inhale the water; hence the benefit of learning to spit out water early helps to prevent choking. They learn this by means of bubble blowing and submersing their heads in the water.
Show that children who started to swim by 3 weeks old exhibited the following:
- Showed an earlier and greater disposition for contacts, integrated faster and earlier into a peer group and were able to overcome disappointments caused by playmates more readily.
- Were more independent and less fearful when confronted by new situations.
- Showed better results in regard to intellectual ability and performance.
- Had greater precision in motion, better co-ordination and better balance.