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Throwing Them in the Deep End: How NOT to Introduce Your Child to Water

Throwing Them in the Deep End: How NOT to Introduce Your Child to Water
8 September 2014 1198 Views No comments

You hear a lot about the right ways to introduce babies or older children to water. However, it can be difficult to know what you shouldn't do. While some behaviour is obviously the wrong way to go, when you really want your little one to enjoy the water it can be difficult to take things at the right pace.

As well as information on how to introduce babies to water, we've put together a guide on what you shouldn't do when getting your children in the water for the first time.

Don't force them

If your baby or child is uncomfortable in the water, you shouldn't force them in. They need to move at their own pace in order to become more confident and much happier having a splash about. If you make them get into the water when they are obviously distressed, you could actually make them more scared and uncomfortable.

They should be able to go into the water when they are ready and get out if they want to. This way they are able to see that the water is fine, which will eventually help them relax and enjoy themselves.

Don't shout

Getting frustrated with a child doesn't help anyone and will only upset everyone involved, as well as making a scene. Avoid shouting or letting irritation creep into your voice, as this will get your little one even more stressed out.

Instead, you should keep your voice soothing and soft, helping them to feel happy and calm. This way, they won't learn to associate the water with you being upset with them.

Don't leave them alone

Even if you think your child is getting on perfectly fine in the water, you shouldn't leave them alone. As well as the safety issues that arise from leaving a child unattended in the water, suddenly finding that they are on their own can make your little one panic.

Ultimately, this can set them back in their development and make them nervous of the water.

Don't avoid buoyancy aids

You may want to teach your child to swim without any aids, but this can be difficult for them, especially if they aren't familiar with water. Buoyancy aids can help with confidence and the development of their swimming skills, so they should be considered.

Items like the Original Konfidence Jacket can really help your child to feel happy while splashing around. It comes with removable floats, so you are also able to tailor the level of support to your little one's needs without harming how safe they feel in the water.

Don't make it hard

Although there is a degree of difficulty when it comes to learning to swim, making the experience harder than it needs to be can also be damaging. You should take it one step at a time, moving onto the next goal at a pace that suits your child.

Trying to get them to do too much too soon can make them frustrated and upset, as well as convince them that they can't do it. All this will do is make it difficult for you to get them in the water again.

Instead, set small goals and celebrate each one. If they happen to achieve more than one of them in a session, that's excellent, but don't expect the same thing every time. You should also try playing games in the water, as this makes the experience fun while also getting your child to take steps they may not have taken otherwise.

Don't make it all about learning

Just as you shouldn't make the experience difficult, you shouldn't make your trips to the beach or the pool all about learning. This is boring and is likely to make your child irritable. Keep things light by starting and ending with a game. By doing this, it is more likely that your child will want to go back to the pool in the future.