Babies will most likely be introduced to water through bathing, which can quickly become routine. However, most little ones might not be too pleased to be in the water and it will take a lot of convincing before they’re settled. Don’t let this put you off though. Making water play fun will help to give your baby confidence in the water and will be an excellent foundation for our baby’s swimming lessons. Follow our top tips below on introducing your baby to water as successfully as possible.
- Make sure the water temperature is just right
Your baby will quickly let you know if you place them in water that is too hot or too cold! Make sure to test the water first so that it is comfortably warm.
- Introduce water over the baby’s head
Water-based activities for babies are likely to involve a lot of splashing around so it’s important that babies are comfortable with having water over their heads and face. You can easily do this gently during bath time by pouring small amounts over their head and faces. Make sure the water is lukewarm to avoid causing any shock. Babies will normally not enjoy this to start with, but if it’s introduced in daily washing, it will quickly become routine.
- Bathe with baby
Bathing with your baby yourself can be a great way to introduce your baby to water whilst providing a level of comfort. With older babies and toddlers, you can do this by having them sit up in the shower with you. In the bath, your baby can be rested on your shins, on their tummy, facing towards you. You can then raise and lower them out of the water whilst they maintain eye contact with you.
- Create a relaxed atmosphere
Making your baby feel at ease in the water is vital. Try singing or talking constantly. The soothing sound of your voice will work wonders in creating a calm environment for your baby to feel comfortable.
- Make it fun
Being in the water doesn’t have to be all about washing and being squeaky clean. Why not try introducing some toys? These could be a great distraction for any baby (or parent!) feeling anxious about water.
- Never leave the baby unattended
This will certainly seem like a no-brainer, however, leaving a baby in the water, even if just for a moment, could lead to accidents that leave a bad impression of water with your baby. Keep safe and watch over your baby for the duration of their water play.
- Keep it short and sweet
Now that you’ve created such a relaxed and fun atmosphere your baby will happily play away in the water. However, don’t be tempted to keep them in the water for too long. Warm water will quickly cool down and could make bath time very uncomfortable. Keep it short and sweet to keep your baby’s water experience positive.
Book in for your baby swimming lessons at Donaldson’s School, Linlithgow with Swim Sprouts today by contacting us on 07436 875 047 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can view our class timetable here. Our baby and toddler swimming lessons are ideal for anyone based in or near Linlithgow, Bo’ness, Grangemouth, Falkirk, West Lothian, Stirling, or Edinburgh.