There is always a good reason for teaching babies/ infants to swim in the baby swimming class. Being their first experience is definitely a worthwhile experience to kickstart them for their whole life time.
Having a home bathtub (Need not be very big) , warm water, with plenty of toys for them to play, the goals of the lesson is just being in water for our baby swim classes.
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Benefits of Babies/Infants Swimming Class
- Babies less than 1 year old tend to accept water more readily than older children. They could submerge their head easier than a 3 year old toddler.
- Fear of water is acquired as children grow older. So start them early.
- Infants are adapted to swimming. When submerged, they know how to hold their breath and make swimming movement. However, such behaviour then to fade away as soon as they are 3 months of age.
- Babies can exercise more muscles in the water and are less restricted by gravity and their inability to sit or stand since water carry most of their weight.
- Swimming can improve babies’ cardiovascular fitness, although babies are limited in how much they can improve their endurance but nevertheless, does have a beneficial effect.
- By giving them a head start in learning basic swimming skill, they master the stroke early. With proper preparation at early stage, by 2.5 year of age, stroke instruction can begin.
- Swimming helps improve coordination and balance by forcing babies to move bilaterally to maintain their equilibrium.
- Water water, combined with gentle exercise, relaxes can stimulates babies’ appetites. They can sleep better and eat better on swimming days.
- Most doctors ofetn recommend swimming as the exercise of choice for asthmatics. Swimming stimulates less wheezing than other forms of exercise, possibly cos the warm, moist air around pools is less irritating to the lung.
- Babies flourish in the focused attention their parents lavish on them during swimming.
- Their self confidence and independence will grow as babies learn how to maneuver in the water on their own, which may foster increased intelligence.
- Swimming deepen the bonding between parents and babies.
- Learning to swim is not only about having fun, but they also learn about water safety too and how they can prevent themselves from drowning thru skill practices.
Managing Baby’s Reflexes
- “Amphibian” Reflex– When newborn is placed prone in the water, face submerged, the swimming reflex takes control of our baby’s movement, where arm and leg will rhythmically extend and flex while the torso will swing from side to side. This is known as the Amphibian reflex. However 3-4 months of age to the time your baby learns to walk, the swimming reflex becomes disorganized and gradually disappear.
- Righting Reflexes– When an infant is in supine position (Back position), or when the child’s head falls forward or backward, he or she will try to bring the head back to an upbright position known as the righting reflexes.
- Diving Response– This reflex involves apnea (loss of drive to breathe), slowed heart rate (reflex bradycardia), and reduced blood circulation to the extremities such as fingers and toes (peripheral vasoconstriction). The response diminishes with increasing age and has been reported to disappear by age of 6 month.
- Gag Reflex– Gagging is a reflex action that helps to prevent choking. The gag reflex diminishes at around 6 months of age coinciding with the age at which most babies are learning to eat solid foods.
- Moro Reflex- Usually occurs when a baby is startled by a loud sound or movement. In response to the sound, the baby throws back his or her head, extends out his or her arms and legs, cries, then pulls the arms and legs back in. A baby’s own cry can startle him or her and trigger this reflex.
- Rooting Reflex– This reflex starts when the corner of the baby’s mouth is stroked or touched. The baby will turn his or her head and open his or her mouth to follow and root in the direction of the stroking. This helps the baby find the breast or bottle to start feeding. This reflex lasts about 4 months.
- Asymmetric Tonic Neck Reflex– Whenever your infant is lying quietly in the supine position, the child’s head is usually to one side, with the arm on that side extended and the opposite leg bent at the knee.
- Palmar Grasp Relfex– Whenever you place your finger on your baby’s palm, your infant gives it a loving squeeze.
- Flexor Withdrawal Reflex– The withdrawal reflex can sometimes be used to stimulate kicking in your infant by causing the leg to flex or recoil back toward the body and then extend again.