“Swimming before walking” is the well-known motto of the people who follow the ideas of early swimming. These parents suppose that the aim of attending a swimming pool with babies is not to teach the last to swim but the provide the additional opportunities and favorable environment for the harmonic development.
Early swimming methods can be used in development of babies. As soon as the belly button heals the babies are allowed to attend the special training groups. Some people may wonder what for the parents teach their baby to swim. However the newly born child is not that weak and helpless as it may seem. Nature has endows the babies with the great potential of growth and development. Moreover each baby possesses a specific reflex. It holds its breath as soon as it feels water on the face. This reflex will disappear in 3 or 4 months. If a child gets acquainted with water later there may appear phobias and fears. Water is the natural environment for a baby which spent nine months in the amniotic fluid. After the birth babies feel discomfort due to the gravitation. In the water the baby will have the possibility to move as it likes.
Water is the best massagist ever. It reduces the muscular tension and improves the tonus where it’s necessary. Early swimming stimulate the the development of lungs and blood vessels. It helps to cope with the anxiety and intestinal colic.
Early swimming is prohibited if the baby suffers from diseases that cause convulsions, such as subluxation of the hips or atelocardia. The parents should consult a pediatrician before attending a swimming pool with their baby.
Some people teach their babies to swim at home. The best time for swimming is half an hour after a meal. Choose the time when your baby is glad and wants to communicate. Positive experience will make your baby love water.