Getting to know your baby in the water can be a beautiful and nurturing experience. Our enclosed heated 32-34 degree magnapool ensures maximum comfort for this encounter.
This half hour baby bond session allows you to see how beautifully your baby adapts to the water in a pure, sensory way. All babies are born with a sense of buoyancy - this means that they have the feeling that the water supports them - that if they relax and stay calm - they won't fall through it. This encourages calm swimming, and calm swimming means -a lesser likelihood a child will panic in the event of an emergency.
When this sense of buoyancy is maintained through consistent bath practice at home, www.newbornaquatics.com - pooled with consistent swim classes - this feeling in the water remains with them for life.
In addition babies will love the warm water massaging their largest sensory organ - the skin. This will remind them of being in the liquid environment of the womb and further adds to their innate relationship with water.
Parents often ask me - what do you do with a newborn in the water?
Well there are a selection of holds and exercises that can be implemented, to assist your babies aquatic development, and the good part is these exercises shown at our classes can be carried on in the bath at home.
In addition we can provide you with a www.newbornaquatics.com program which gives you with all the information you need to continue your child's aquatic progression in your own home bath.
Trish is available for Home Bath visits if you would prefer to start there.
Ideally, 3 months is the best time to commence formal swim lessons. Your baby is born with a "sense" of bouyancy, and has a natural affiliation with the water from his or her time in the womb.
In addition reflexes such as the swim reflex and the facial reflex assist in early swim development.
To learn more about these reflexes and the many benefits of commencing early swim education, we believe it is imperative for parents to be well informed. This is why we have especially created the "Waterbabies Workshop" which is designed for ages 3 to 12 months. (please see the main menu for more info)
At this stage of your child's development you may notice that have more control over their movements as many of the 70 neonatal reflexes have become integrated and have turned into voluntary controlled movement. Such as better focus for tracking visually, reaching for toys, rolling over and sitting.
12 to 18 months
Your baby at this age will really begin to come into there own in the water and swim movements will begin to become more organised. Splashing, active swim play, and word association enhance coordination and balance, making these classes the perfect learning environment for future schooling.
Up until this stage your child will gradually be developing confidence in the water and may begin to socialise, learning to read others body language and facial que's.
This stage is often referred to as the transition stage, where your child is really wanting independence in the water. Many of the water safety skills learnt, seem to pool together and they are generally ready to explore and try new things.
Water safety awareness and more challenging skills help to prepare your child in the event of an emergency.
Children in this age group truly begin to demonstrate the joy of being in the water, especially if they commenced Waterbabies from a young age. It is during this stage they will begin to refine gross motor movement in the water, and start to master turning and rotation skills for propelling themselves back to the side of the pool.
A child's swim development is individual and its important they are allowed to explore and learn at their own pace.