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5 Tips for Introducing Babies to Water

5 Tips for Introducing Babies to Water
3 July 2014 1756 Views No comments

Baby swimming is a great experience for both you and your child. It helps you to bond, aids in their learning and development, and can get them used to the water, which is beneficial for later on in life.

You can introduce your little bundle to the water quite early on; many baby swimming classes start from six weeks, but you can even get them into the water before this.

Getting your baby used to being in the water will help them enjoy getting into a pool with you and develop confidence in the water. But how do you go about introducing them to water?

We've put together five tips on getting your little ones into the water with minimum fuss.

1. Start in the bath

The bath is going to be the first experience of water for many babies and is a great way to start creating the bond with your child that swimming strengthens.

Rather than using a baby bath, get your little one used to being with you in the water by having a bath together in your regular tub. This will help to create a safe environment and increase their comfort level.

Make sure the water is a good temperature – as close to your child's natural body temperature as possible – as babies can't regulate this.

Once in the bath, get your baby used to the water by splashing it on them gently. Fill a cup and gently pour it over their hair, without making a fuss of it going in their face. Let them have a splash around and explore.

2. Help them relax

When putting your baby in a situation that involves water, you should help them to relax and make it fun.

Singing to them or talking in a gentle and soothing voice can help put them at ease and get them used to being in the water. This is especially important if your baby is reluctant in the water, as you need to make them feel safe.

Talking to them from the start and throughout slowly getting them in the water means that the whole experience is going to be less shocking for them, allowing them to get used to and enjoy being in the water.

3. Physical contact

Whether in the bath or a pool, your baby should always be with someone they can trust. This person – whether it's yourself or your partner – should be comfortable in the water, as your child will be able to sense nervousness, which could affect their experience and fondness of swimming.

You should make sure that you are supporting them and providing skin-to-skin contact, especially within the first few minutes. Not only will this help to improve your baby's confidence and experience, but it will also strengthen your bond and help to develop trust between you both.

4. Let them take the lead

Even as adults, if someone tries to force us to do something that we don't want to do, we're going to be uncomfortable and fight the situation. This is exactly the same with babies, except that making them uncomfortable could cause issues later on.

You should make sure that you are following your baby's lead and moving at their pace. Look for cues as to whether your child is ready for certain water activities. If they don't appear comfortable, take them out of the water, warm them up, feed them and let them rest.

Moving at a pace that suits them will help to boost their confidence over time.

5. Have the right equipment

While being in the bath with baby is simple, you should ensure that you're prepared when the time comes to get little one into the pool. Having the right equipment can make the experience more enjoyable for both of you.

The Konfidence AquaNappy is a must for young children who are not potty-trained. The swim nappy keeps your little one covered in case of any accidents and ensures that the hygiene of the water is maintained. It is easy to use and adjusts as your child grows.

You should also make sure that you have something in which to bundle your little one up when they get out of the water in order to keep them warm. Konfidence's Poncho Towels not only get your baby and young children warm again after a dip in the pool, but are also suitable for their sensitive skin.