Remember my previous post on my little water baby? It is true that my baby loves water. I have no doubt about it. When she is crying her lungs out at night, bring her to the toilet, let the tap water runs, and she immediately stops! I am not kidding you.
As she loves water so much, I am convinced she is going to enjoy swimming! Even if it’s not true, I believe that it is important to introduce swimming to baby when they are young. Not only does it teach vital life skills, but it also enhances the way babies and toddlers learn other skills too.
So there goes my mission to hunt for the perfect swimming aids for my baby.
Swimming aids can be categorized as anything that helps to support your child in the water. Swimming aids come in many forms, arm bands, rubber rings, baby floats, swimming seat, swimming belts, kick boards and many more. Even the swimming suits and swimming diapers!
So what are some of these items that I have tried on Arissa?
1. Swim Trainer
The swim trainer is great for babies to help them float and to encourage them to swim. However, Arissa doesn’t seem to kick her legs when she is on the swim trainer. Instead, she is so relaxed and doesn’t feel the need to do anything. Here’s a video of her on the swim trainer.
2. Swimming float (Giraffe)
I also purchased a float that I like (because it is so cute) and was hoping that Arissa will also enjoy it.
3. Swim Mate/ Swim Belt on Swim Suit
I have heard of swimming belts and found that they can double-up as swimming suit for babies. The one that Arissa is using is called swim mate. However, swim mate does not work like a float. An adult must always be with the baby when they are wearing the swim mate. The benefit of swim mate is that it allows the baby to swim and move freely in the water. This will encourage them to be more comfortable with water and boost their confidence.
You can see in the video below how much more she enjoys the swim mate, compared to the swim trainer.
4. Swim Seat/ Seat Float
I realized that she gets tired after 15 to 20 minutes. So another swimming aid that I use for her is the float with seats. This is so she can just chill and relax when she gets tired and mommy and daddy can do some actual swimming too. This is similar to the giraffe float but more secure and she is more comfortable in it.
Basically, all the above are great swimming aids for babies as they take the first initiative to go into the pool/ water. But every babies react differently to water, some may be excited and love water so much. But some can be less enthusiastic or have fear going into water. It is important for parents to have patience and slowly help your baby discover the fun of swimming.
I am going to make it my personal motivation to bring Arissa at least once every week to the swimming pool (if the weather permits). Once she is used to swimming and able to go under water, I will slowly introduce her to arm bands and round floats, maybe kick boards.
Should I send her to swimming classes or school? For now, I am thinking not necessary but would love to hear your views.