Babes in the Water!
Here's a peak into our Baby Splash classes: You can see here the babies rage from 3 to 6 months of age and they are all very relaxed and comfortable in the water.
What Can We Expect From Our Baby Swimmers?
To look at what we can expect a baby swimmer to achieve in the water we must first look at the growth and developmental milestones of this age group. It's very important to remember that all children are individuals and will learn and achieve milestones at their own pace. The following is a guide only.
3 Month Milestones
- Lots of sweet, gummy smiles
- Begins imitating facial expressions
- Can lift his/her head and chest when on tummy
- Swats at dangling items, holds and shakes toys, and can bring hands to his/her mouth
- Pushes down with legs when holding in a standing position
4 - 7 Month Milestones
- Lots of smiles, laughs, and babbling
- Begins rolling
- Can sit without help
- Supports weight on his/her legs well enough to bounce
- Rakes toys to pull them closer
- Moves toys from hand to hand
- Peekaboo is a new favorite game
It is with these milestones in mind that we can hope to achieve the follow tasks during our Baby Splash Class:
- Increased comfortability in the water
- Anticipate going under water (that sour face we talk about) - This is due to the "diving reflex." The instinct works like this: Infants up to 6 month of age whose heads are submerged in water will naturally hold their breath. This is another reason we encourage starting babies young while this reflex is still active.
- Developing a breath control
- Begin kicking legs/feet - Newborn babies up to around 8 months of age can have a reflexive response when being in water. They will kick their little legs and wiggle their arms as if they are trying to swim. It is important to reinforce the word "kick" when this reflex happens, this will help them make the connection of what that word means to do.
In addition, the parents will learn the following:
- Proper holds to maneuver baby throughout the water
- Proper techniques of submerging baby
- Basic water safety information