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Learn to Swim at Home

Learn to Swim in the Bath

If your child is still taking baths then there's no better time to practice their water skills. Not only is your bath comfortable and secure, but it's also a controlled environment.

1. Practice getting their face wet.

For children to feel comfortable in water it's important that they are happy to have their face wet. You can do this by first wetting different parts of their face. Move on to a slow trickle of water over the back of their head. When they accept this you can start running water over their ears and face. Remember if you can show that you're comfortable having this done to yourself you will quickly have them doing it to themselves as well.

2. Teach unassisted floating in the tub.

Bath time is a great and safe way to teach baby how to float! Start by laying your child on their back and holding them in floating position while helping them relax. The best place to hold them while they are on their back is with you sitting behind them at their head, and holding them underneath their arms.

If they want to do it on their own, but still need assistance you can use an empty 2 litre milk container as a float.

3. Teach bubble blowing.

Blowing bubbles teaches children how to clear their nasal passages when they don’t have any free hands to plug their nose. One way to do this is to blow ping pong balls across the surface of the water. You can teach bubble blowing by making funny noises while blowing. Not only is this fun for your toddler, it also prepares them for skills they’ll need in formal swimming lessons later on.

4. Use bath toys or household items that they can interact with in the tub.

Not only do bath toys help your little one develop their motor skills, but this kind of play time in the bath allows them to use their limbs more freely in the water.

 

 

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