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Baby swim : the beginning of a life long adventure
the beginnning of a life long adventure
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Before you begin swimming in a pool it is advisable to start at home in a baby tub, in your bathtub or in your shower. Use your imagination and investigate the water together in as many ways as possible. You can begin bathing the baby as soon as you wish. Before the navel has healed, normally after about two weeks, it is important that you dry around the navel after the bath with a cotton swab or similar. Before you begin pool swimming the navel must be healed and the child should not have any open sores.
Let contact with water be joyful from day one. See to it that the child is rested and not hungry when you begin to get acquainted with the water at home. Bathe or shower your child in a warm and draft free room. The water should be at body temperature, 37oC (98.6oF). Adults often prefer a somewhat warmer bath water. Check the water with your elbow or use a thermometer before you sink the baby into the water.
Keep in mind that the signals you radiate will steer the child's reactions. Show that it is fun to be in the water. Your baby trusts you! It won't find it strange with water or to have water poured on its head unless it has in some way learned to be suspicious. If you should in some way release your hold so that the baby slides under the surface, don't panic. There is no danger. The child has a protecting dive reflex which keeps water out of its lungs. It's very important that you are relaxed and help the child up with a confident movement. Think of how you look! If you get scared and violently lift up the child it will surely become frightened and remember next time!
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The Baby Swim book is a source of inspiration and a reference book for parents who are curious about swimming with their small children. Here you will find good advice and information for those who want to know more about baby swim. The book is directed toward both curious parents and experienced instructors. Ludmilla Rosengren is a practicing medical doctor and the founder of the Swedish Babyswim Association. In this book she has collected medical facts, concrete advice as well as amusing songs, which can help the child to learn through play. There is a whole chapter full of grips and exercises. There is also information on how you teach your child to hold its breath under the water and how it learns to swim from a very early age. There is a chapter with most frequently asked questions and answers about baby swim.
This is the first edition in English. It has previously been published twice in Swedish and has been revised with the very latest developments in, among other things, diving. The many inspiring photographs, easy to read instructions and long and solid background experience behind the text make this an indispensable handbook for anyone with an interest in the joyful experience of swimming with a baby.