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How to Pack for a Flight with a Baby

If your baby will soon be coming on their first flight with you, it can be quite a daunting experience. The main difference between taking a flight and other forms of travel is that when you drive, you could always stop somewhere to pick up anything that may be missing. On a long haul flight though, that is impossible. This is what makes it more worrying. If you do not take the right things you will have an awful flight. The best thing that you can do is to ensure that you are well packed and well prepared. To help you along, we found a great resource that you can refer to below.

Be sure to check out our post on baby bags.

hello friends welcome back tomorrow we
 leave for Florida is our first time
 flying with Miles he's about six and a
 half months old and I figured I would
 just kind of bring you guys along

 so I thought I just sort of like to
 share our experience
 I know flying with a baby is something a
 lot of parents worry about especially
 new parents I figured I would just share
 with you really quickly some of how
 we're packing so this is our big
 suitcase we could probably fit
 everything in here but we're just not
 going to because of weight but we put
 all of our really light stuff in here so
 I use these packing cubes which are
 really great especially for babies
 because they just have so much stuff and
 their stuff is like so tiny so all of
 miles of stuff is in packing cubes I
 have a packing cube for toys this one is
 like linens and then there's one
 underneath that's all of his clothes and
 then Michael and I have our clothes in
 here as well then we're just bring in a
 small extra suitcase and I'm gonna put
 heavier stuff in here so I have his
 clip-on highchair and this is like his
 toiletries if you will and then we'll be
 putting like our toiletries in here I
 make myself lots of lists so I don't
 forget what to bring so this is the
 stroller bag and I actually was able to
 put the pack and play cover in here as
 well this is the car seat bag we borrow
 this from a friend because we didn't own
 one and it's huge like it's big enough
 to carry a toddler sized car seat so
 there's extra space in here so I threw
 two things in there there's a blanket
 and then there's his diaper bag and then
 for now I just have his carrier in here
 and that I'll throw on when we get to
 the airport since obviously he's going
 to be in the car seat on the way to the
 airport last but not least is my
 carry-on which has a nice stand on it
 that's that's nice this is my portable
 changing mat that I always use I got to
 throw some more diapers in here I'm
 gonna throw a couple of what is this an
 old granola bar wrapper that I
 definitely don't need gonna throw a
 couple of burp cloths in there a couple
 of sleep and plays I have my nursing
 cover in here I have a change of clothes
 for me in there because baby spit-up and
 I don't want to have to sit and spit up
 all day if that happens which is just
 like some pacifiers and a tea third and
 the last thing I have is just my bag
 that I will like pull out because it's
 liquids so I have a hand sanitizer in
 there and then I also packed infant
 tylenol my pediatrician suggested it
 because he said if miles
 having trouble like with his ears
 popping because of the altitude that it
 would help and then the last thing that
 I am putting in my carry-on is actually
 a cooler with just a bunch of frozen
 purees that I've made for him and then
 when I come home the cooler will have
 any breast milks that I've pumped well
 we're on vacation both of these things
 baby food and breast milk you're allowed
 to bring you know you ought to bring as
 a carry-on with you there's one other
 packing cube that I'm bringing this is
 all like food related things I'm not
 bringing my pump with me because I
 figured this is my vacation too but I am
 bringing my manual pump in my Hakka just
 in case I need something and then a
 couple of extra bottles all right we are
 on our way
 we are leaving 20 minutes late not too
 bad I mean I don't want to brag but me
 and the baby we're ready what is it
 about husbands we are going to drop our
 car off at the car place and then
 shuttle over to the airport we got our
 off the car got all the bags into the
 airport good to go
 apparently you need your baby's birth
 certificate to prove that they're under
 the age of two to fly we did not know
 this so luckily we were able to call our
 pediatrician and they're faxing over our
 medical form to Southwest so that we can
 get on our plane hopefully this is the
 only big snack where we fall into guys i
 jinxed us by saying that I hope nothing
 else went wrong because our flights been
 delayed two hours
 so we're just going to hang out the
 terminal I'm feeding miles that Michael
 and I are gonna eat and I'm not gonna
 say that I hope nothing else goes wrong
 I don't want to jinx anything else
 here's the moral of the story is I tried
 to like plan meiosis eating naps all
 accordingly so then they could be ready
 to eat in the nap right when we got on
 the plane
 you can't plan I mean it's let alone
 with babies but believe babies and air
 travel you just got to go with the flow
 well if you have a delay to get snacks
 Michael let you get to a McDonald's I
 decided to try to get something healthy
 which is always a bad idea
 and an airport so it's just like but I
 got this tofu hole
 it's not so bad I'm gonna take miles out
 for a little while and let them kind of
 hang out and hope that that gets tired
 so they checked it out I feel like a big
 part of flying with babies is just like
 a head game if you get worried and
 nervous and like stress out with
 everything that goes wrong and finish
 it's going to go worse so you got to
 just like roll with the punches we're
 killing time Michael's coming
 Michael doesn't like to fly
 that's how people drink their martinis
 all right my friends flash-forward I'm
 now home from vacation kind of got
 separated from my camera and I just want
 to share with you guys like the rest of
 the experience so on our way there our
 flight got delayed two hours and then
 when we boarded the plane its Southwest
 which is open seating I'm so on the way
 there we got group a so we got better
 choice for seating and we were busily at
 the front most feet now I like the front
 most seat because you get ton more
 legroom it's just way more comfortable
 with a baby when the seatbelt sign came
 undone I was able to stand up with miles
 and there was a little spot where I
 could sort of stand with him but
 important thing to know is if you get
 that front most seat you cannot have
 your bags with you during taxine landing
 or takeoff they have to go in the
 overhead compartment it was worth it to
 not have my bag during those times to be
 able to have all the extra legroom with
 miles but a little trick so that you
 know if you're flying with young
 children you actually always get to
 board between groups a and Group B and
 people actually sort of line up by the
 gate not where the a and B section is
 but there's like a separate area where
 the families line up a lot of people
 will debate is it better to have the
 window seat or the aisle seat I chose
 the window seat because I nursed miles
 during takeoff and during landing I
 heard that it would help him with his
 ears poppy and due to the altitude I
 don't know if it did but he didn't get
 fussy during takeoff or during landing
 and actually kind of helped him fall
 asleep as well so both times the flight
 was like almost three hours and he slept
 for maybe like two hours of each flight
 the rest of the time he was awake and he
 just kind of you know hung out we had a
 toy be kind of bounced him we passed it
 back and forth between Michael and I so
 it's kind of nervous about like what am
 I gonna do if he's awake on this plane
 but um you know we kept them we kept
 them entertained so now that I've done
 it what do I suggest you have on your
 carry-on for your baby
 obviously miles is only six months is
 going to be different maybe if your
 baby's a little younger a little older
 the things that really we made sure that
 we had that really mattered was a
 pacifier I had my nursing cover which
 some people don't really care about
 having nursing cover their cub they're
 comfortable nursing and not worrying
 about being covered I like having a
 nursing cover because just one it just
 makes me feel more comfortable nursing
 in public I feel like I can do it
 anywhere and not have to worry about it
 specially on an airplane and an airport
 where there are people everywhere that
 it's not really any private space and
 actually to be honest the nursing cover
 ended up being a good little hack
 because after he fell asleep I was able
 to sort of keep him under the nursing
 cover after he fell asleep and it kind
 of acted like blackout curtains a little
 bit so it stayed nice and dark in there
 and allowed him to continue sleeping I
 packed one of his big muslin cloth to
 have really spills if he spit up or
 whatever it also was great just like if
 I need to throw it down on the ground if
 I need just to put him down I need to
 lay him down it was a barrier between
 the Kim and the ground in the airport
 and then I just brought like two or
 three little toys I didn't overstock my
 carry-on with a bunch of stuff I think I
 brought two toys maybe you know at this
 age they can be entertained by a lot we
 used like napkins and straws and all
 sorts of other things to entertain them
 as well I didn't want to be bogged down
 with a bunch of stuff because I find the
 more stuff that ends up in your bag
 harder is to find what you need when
 it's time so another tip that I will
 give you obviously it's best if your
 baby can be kind of sleepy when you get
 on the plane because obviously sleeping
 through the plane ride is best
 so for us we chose to go for flights
 during nap time because the flight was
 under three hours if it was going to be
 a longer flight I probably would have
 done an overnight flight so what a
 coincided with his nighttime sleep so he
 could have just like assumed it was
 bedtime and slept longer and what we did
 is once we got basically checked in and
 through TSA we tried to just keep miles
 awake and what I like to do at home is
 just you know do things that are going
 to sort of stimulate him because
 basically my thought process is I'm just
 trying to sort of like fill up his
 sleepy cup so that he'll be tired when
 it's time to flies I did wear him
 through TSA and I had my carrier just if
 case I needed to be hands-free it was
 really easy to carry him through
 security and really easy to carry him
 through when it was time to board but in
 between those two times I took him out
 of the carrier and I let him you know
 look around we stopped at a restaurant I
 even a few times took that big muslin
 cloth that I packed and just threw it
 down on the floor and let him have a
 little bit of tummy time it helped
 prevent him from just getting like
 really antsy also can we appreciate my
 shirt today it says mama needs coffee
 one of you guys who follows me on
 instagram actually messaged me she made
 these shirts and she sells them on Etsy
 she makes a bunch of different ones but
 this one was obviously my favorite and I
 thought was really cute I'll link her
 down below now as far as the big debate
 do you check the stroller or do you
 bring the stroller through security and
 gay check it for us not having a
 stroller worked fine obviously we just
 had one baby with two babies you might
 want a stroller but it was just so much
 easier to use our carrier going through
 security with the carrier was so easy
 you don't have to take your baby out of
 the carrier they're gonna have you go
 through the metal detector instead of
 like that x-ray machine and then they
 usually will do that like test on your
 hand which I'll be honest I don't know
 if they're testing for probably like
 certain chemicals I'm not really sure
 and it was really easy and really really
 simple and so much easier than having to
 lug around our stroller and then break
 it down and all of that another tip I
 will say is especially if it's your
 first time flying particularly your
 first time flying with a baby on this
 airline is always call the airline ahead
 of time and make sure you're not missing
 anything if you saw when we flew we flew
 Southwest and we got there and we're
 ready to check in and they're like hi we
 need the baby's birth certificate and
 Michael and I just looked at each other
 with like deer and headlights because we
 had no idea that we needed a baby's
 birth certificate and apparently this is
 not a very common thing because when I
 shared on Instagram stories so many of
 you are like what the heck I fly all the
 time with my baby and I've never needed
 a birth certificate just call your
 airline ahead of time and make sure
 you're not missing anything when it
 comes to having the baby with you
 my last tip with flying with babies is a
 lot of it I think I might be already
 said this is a little bit of a mind game
 most people are a little bit anxious
 they're a little nervous you don't want
 to be the person on the plane with the
 crying baby but at the end the day you
 can't really plan it all perfectly and
 you can't you don't know what a baby's
 gonna do you don't know if they're gonna
 be fussy you don't know if they're gonna
 freak out you can only plan so much and
 then you kind of just got to be like ah
 right jesus take the wheel
 you know so I think some of it is just
 like not stressing not worrying if your
 baby starts to get fussy if your baby
 starts crying like don't stress about it
 don't worry about what others people on
 your on the plane are thinking like oh
 great I'm stuck next to the family with
 the baby and just focus on your child
 and do the best that you can
 nobody's gonna die because they listen
 to a baby so anyways
 hope this was helpful to some of you
 guys I know flying and traveling with
 babies for the first time it's
 definitely nerve-wracking and hopefully
 this video makes some of you feel a
 little bit better if you're planing to
 do it for the first time it really was
 not that bad it's not something to
 stress about but it's so worth it you
 should definitely take trips with your
 children visit family do all that don't
 let the fear of flying with children or
 the fear of throwing off their sleep
 schedule prevent you from like having
 these memories with your children it's
 so worth it I'm gonna share a couple
 more sort of just general traveling with
 baby tricks that I sort of learned from
 this trip obviously I'm no expert but
 these are just some things that I did
 that worked for us and I'm gonna share
 those in a blog post that I'm gonna post
 with this video so I will link that down
 below if you're looking for some more
 like overall tips but I appreciate you
 guys stopping by I hope you're having a
 fantastic day
 and I will see you all in my next video
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Baby Sleep Miracle Review: Is it Worth the Hype?

Getting baby to Sleep

Baby and father sleeping

The image above is one of the sweetest sights a mom will ever see. Her baby sleeping comfortably his/her dad. Congratulations on your new baby. A study published in 2019 confirms what most of us already know. Most parents struggle with sleep deprivation after childbirth. It is at its worst in the first three months, and in some cases continues for up to 6 years. [Source]. Seeing as you are reading this, chances are you have or will find yourself in a place that most parents are familiar with. Trying to get the little one to sleep so you can, in turn, get some sleep. The lucky ones among us master tips, methods and tricks that our parents used on us. Unfortunately, these do not always work. In the event that they haven’t, professional guidance is one of the best strategies to sort yourself out.

Is your baby not sleeping enough? Most first time parents find themselves reading countless books, calling friends and family to get advice on how they can get past this stage. The simple truth is that babies need more sleep than we do. The easiest way to explain this is that they have a lot more information to process at this stage where everything around them in new.

There is so much to be seen and learned. It is all very tiring. As they grow older, this need diminishes. After the first 12 weeks, they start to spend more and more duration awake. There are two sleep cycles that all human being experience, deep and light sleep. Deep sleep is that point where you are less conscious of your surroundings. It is harder for you to be startled awake from a deep sleep.

Light sleep, on the other hand, is where you are asleep but still attentive to your surroundings. Whereas adults require and are advised to try and sleep as much as possible in deep sleep, infants spend very little time in a deep sleep. Sadly, this phenomenon is what causes your babies to wake up more frequently. We all know those moments when we have laboured to put the child to sleep, and someone makes the slightest of noises, which undoes our work. This is our baby sleep miracle review. Most mothers understand the need for sleep training and a bedtime system.

The Baby Sleep Miracle

Most moms know the blues of putting your baby to bed. It often leads to sleepless nights. Speaking from experience, some nights are easier. There is a barrage of different advice and information on how you can achieve this ridiculously hard thing. Has it ever gotten so hard that you start considering calling your mum or grandmother at ungodly hours of the night to seek advice? If it hasn’t, thank your lucky stars. Believe you me; it can indeed get to that. I’ve seen some mothers tinker with bath times, sleep during the day and so on to try and make sure that their child needs to sleep, feels like sleeping and more importantly; goes to sleep when you want them to. That would allow you a good night sleep that you want.

See, sometimes your little one functions like those bunnies in Duracell ads; they never run out of energy. The worst part is that this has an adverse impact on both parent and child. The child is in a position where he/she is tired and perhaps starts to cry more and more because of the distress that this can cause. Obviously, there is that inability to articulate the problem; they cannot tell you that they want to sleep. A cry is a sign. A tired parent is liable to make more mistakes that could potentially harm their child. Not to mention the money that is needlessly spent. Besides, if you are tired, you are just not the best parent that you can be.

Cut out the noise. The solution that I found and have recommended to other mothers since is the Baby Sleep Miracle by Mary-Ann Schuler. Have you heard about it? Yes? Available below is an image of the inside of the book that will guide you. Mary Ann knows her stuff. She is a child psychologist with a wealth of knowledge and experience that has been shared through the Sleep Miracle Guide and tips. This is baby sleep science at its best. The entire program has been made, tried and tested by thousands of parents over the years. There are constant results to back up the theory.

baby sleep miracle cover and table of contents

Proposed/Proven Solution

Let me introduce you to the BABY SLEEP MIRACLE. It is a result of research done by Stanford and Harvard sleep centres. Whenever there are big players as Harvard Medical School involved the quality produced tends to be great. This brought together some of the best minds in the area of sleep from two of the best institutions in the world. The program was spearheaded by Mary-Ann Schuler.

It emphasises how you can make use of co-sleeping to help give you baby the rest that they require. You are not thrown into the deep end. The book walks you through the process step by step. It is a book that could be used by experienced and inexperienced mothers alike. One of the other elements that I liked was the fact that the language used is easy to read and to comprehend. There is no unnecessarily complex jargon used. It is presented in a really simple course of action manner.

The idea and advice behind are that of building a system that is both comfortable and bonding inducing for both mother and child. Some users say that the results were instant, while others contend that it took a while to start to see the benefits of the knowledge that they gathered from the book. Either way, the resounding consensus is that this is a method that works. Mary Ann Schuler is quite active in the Facebook community in which you will be once you purchase the book. She will be able to give advice on situations that may not have been covered by the book.

Forum chat about Mary-Ann Schuler baby sleep program

Above is an image of what some of these interactions look like. Mothers from all over the world attest to their experience when using this method. They also get to ask questions. You can give feedback about the program and recommend it.

getting baby to sleep

The cover of the sleep miracle ebook is not the most impressive aspect of it, as you will have noted above. However, it is effective. It delivers the message that it needs to. Reading it is straightforward.

What does it cover

There are several points that you will discover from the book. It is set up in a chronological manner. This is to say that, it covers the very basics. These basics make up what will become the foundation of everything that will accompany. Some of the things that it covers include:

  • The development of a flexible sleeping and feeding cycle.
  • Why you should not solely depend on nursing for soothing the baby.
  • How you can utilise the pacifier to soothe the baby with techniques.
  • How to feed the baby when they wake up.
  • How to place the baby back down to sleep.
  • The application of the baby’s bottle throughout the day.
  • How to create an environment that is suitable for sleeping.

Once you have covered all of these topics you will then be guided month by month based on how old the baby is. I think this is great work as it allows you to understand where your baby should be at this point in regards to their sleep. Knowing this still places you in a pole position to facilitate it.

The Bonuses

get baby to sleep with miracle sounds
getting baby to sleep with night terror stopper
Getting baby to sleep, the twins option

Three things that come together with this book are the Miracle Sounds, Double-Trouble Sleeping Struggle and the Night Terror Stopper. The miracle sounds in mp3 format provide you with some background music that soothes the baby. The Double Trouble Sleeping Struggle is geared towards those that have more than one child. You can download them.

Pros

  • It comes with three freebies.
  • Backed by top scientific research.
  • It is easy to implement.
  • The methods are practical.
  • It covers all bases.
  • It is delivered instantly.
  • Walks you through month by month as the baby grows.
  • The baby sleep miracle pdf is immediately available to download.

Cons

  • Their website does not look great.
  • It is quite a lengthy eBook. Some video content would have been great.

So What Exactly Is The Baby Sleep Miracle?

Child Sleep Miracle is a complete guide intended to show guardians a simple to peruse and simple-to-take after technique to get their kids rest, in a quick and proficient manner. Made by Mary-Ann Schuler, mother of two, the item gives general rules, and particular techniques went for building up sound dozing propensities for any kid, regardless of how stiff-necked or dynamic he is.

As indicated by Mary-Ann Schuler, Baby Sleep Miracle is ideal for guardians who are:

  • Loving, mindful, yet even-tempered
  • Action-arranged and ready to complete
  • Able to contribute to actualizing this technique
  • Sick and tired of continually awakening at 2:00, 3:00, or 4:00 AM to put their newborn to rest

Inside the guide, the creator used it to clarify and introduce, all in a straightforward and transparent manner, the very proficient strategies and procedures that will help you and your child stay away from a dissatisfaction for the duration of the day and absence of rest through the entire evening.

Fundamentally, inside the Baby Sleep Miracle book, Mary-Ann Schuler covers the points:

  • Why is rest so vital to a baby and what are its advantages
  • What are the kid’s formative stages and how they identify with rest
  • What are the risks of lack of sleep
  • How to get yourself and your child ready to sleep.
  • General rest rules for your child
  • Specific rest rules for your child from birth up to five years old
  • The benefit of snoozing
  • The significance of sticking to a schedule
  • Why your baby needs a sleep-friendly environment
Double Trouble Sleeping Struggle the twins option

Who Will Benefit From It?

The item is made to help anybody with a child who shows sleep issues and is under five years old. The purpose of which it is composed in such a way is straightforward: To take care of an issue, you are required to understand its cause – that is the reason an issue unmistakably expressed is a matter half-explained. That is the purpose of this review.

Buyer’s Guide

Recognising Fatigue in your baby

Recognising when your baby is tired and ready to sleep is a very important skill. Since they cannot say it in words, it is up to you to read their body language and interpret it correctly. Some of the signs include:

  • Rubbing their eyes
  • Yawning repeatedly
  • Crying inexplicably

How long should my baby sleep?

Your baby’s sleeping duration will change as they develop. They will sleep less and less as they mature.

Here’s a chart with the hours sleep needs for your baby backed by research:

Feeding for sleep

There is no clear guideline to this for most parents. The easiest habit that you are likely to fall into is to feed your child to sleep. This works on the premise that your child will likely stop crying and move less when you are feeding him/her. Over time this is not an advisable method. When training your child to sleep, you want to set conditions that do not involve another person. If your child learns to sleep without you having to do something for them, it goes a long way. If he/she begins to drift into sleep, while you are feeding, stop the feeding a place her/him in the sleeping position.

After a period of 8 weeks, you want to keep their sleep disruptions to a minimum. When they are younger than this, you may be advised to keep a feeding schedule which may mean waking them up for feeding. AT 8 weeks, consider the day and stop this.

Preparing for sleep:

One of the things that can be done repeatedly and associated with sleep as part of sleep training. If the same system is carried out over a prolonged period, your child will learn to grasp that method.

Here are some ideas:

  • Establish a bedtime story ritual with your baby
  • You may have a warm bedtime bath set up
  • Slowly removing stimulates such as lighting and loud noises
  • Kissing goodnight
  • Keeping a quieter voice when the sleeping period comes
  • Do not play with the baby when the sleep period comes
  • Do not change them unnecessarily

Sleeping Patterns

Sleep training is a key component of creating a better bedtime routine that is consistent. Most infants are not able to sleep throughout the night. They sleep and wake up several times at night. This can be very frustrating and exhausting for the parent. This will mean that you too will need to wake up several times throughout the evening to entertain the baby or just help him/her get back to sleep. Bless them! One of the causes of this is that the baby requires feeding more frequently than most adults will. Their stomach has not yet matured to full size, and as such they get empty pretty quickly.

The first essence of sleep training is to help your child’s body to understand when it is should be awake and when it should be asleep. As part of this, they will get to distinguish between day and night. Exposure to daylight is thought to have an impact on the body’s natural adaptive way of learning. Babies who spend more time in daylight (natural light) are thought to sleep longer at night than those who are not exposed to as much daylight.

If you would like to have some sort of freedom and structure in your own life, establishing a sleeping pattern for your baby is a winning formula.

To establish a workable sleep pattern, you want to make sure that the baby is active or stimulated during the day. If this is not the case, they will likely sleep then and struggle to sleep at night. Once nighttime arrives, cut down on the fun stuff. Lower the baby’s stimulation so they can become more relaxed and eventually sleep. You will also be pleased to know that these products are backed by ironclad money back guarantee for all services.

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Why every baby should learn to swim

When can babies learn to swim?

Why every baby should learn to swim

baby should learn to swim

Being a parent is challenging on a day to day basis. All of a sudden, you have this little person who you adore, but is also quite clueless and helpless when it comes to most of the things that we would take for granted. Your goal becomes to make sure that you teach them enough for them to be able to survive the trials of life. Can babies swim? The simple answer to this question is that they cannot. We tend to be confused when it comes to this because we see puppies and kittens that can swim at their first site of water.

These animals are born with that natural instinct for self-preservation, which most babies are not. Where they excel at natural instincts, our babies are endowed with the ability to grow their mental muscles to much greater heights than that of these animals. So, take heart. I mean, it is all unfair that a kitten will be running about within a few weeks, while your child will need about a year. Your child will be advanced beyond most kitten by the time he/she is three. Ok, back to swimming. NO, do not attempt to just throw your child into the water with hope that he/she will naturally be able to save themselves.

Can babies swim?

Most people would never consider that their baby should learn to swim. I learnt to swim when I was about nine if I remember correctly. Before that, I had at least two occasions where I could have drowned. My story is one of the fortunate ones. Other people do not necessarily share my good fortunes. Let throw some figures at you, so we can put this into context. About 7000 babies get hurt or die in water every single year! For most parents, it would mean that they would need to be very attentive of their child to ensure that the child is always safe. This is obviously not very practical; you cannot always have your eye on your little one, as cute as they are, and as much as you love them.

We don’t have a pool

A good portion of water accidents do not involve a pool at all. Some occur in bathtubs, dishes, ponds and such. Instead of having to be extra vigilant around these dangers, is it not perhaps a better solution to rather teach your child the skills that could save their life? Teach them skills that they can carry through the rest of their life.

Every baby should learn to swim

baby water safety

Although we believe that every baby should learn to swim, we also realise that it may be very impractical or very difficult to be able to teach your child to swim. I mean, if you are struggling to get them “potty trained”, swimming may not exactly seem very feasible. Take heart, though; it can be done. We have all seen that one baby on social media videos that is swimming. That could and perhaps should be your baby.

Natural response to water

Most babies will have natural responses to being put in water. The most common of this phenomenon is called the bradycardic response. They wiggle in water as well as instinctively hold their breath when under water. This would make sense because, the longer you can keep water outside of your lung cavity, the longer you will be able to breathe. This is not the case for all children, but most will respond this way. They obviously wouldn’t have been taught to respond in this way, so this is a natural response that they are born with.

When can babies learn to swim?

The requirements for babies to start learning to swim in maturity. As soon as they are able to hold their own head up, they are ready to start learning to swim. Most kids are at this stage by the time they are about 6-8 months old. If in doubt, it is recommended that you wait.

When can babies learn to swim?

There are several aides that you may need to make use of, if not mandatory. The first thing that is common is floats on the arms which help when building up confidence with the water. Having an early scare can have scarring effects on the child, which would make it much harder for them to learn to swim, if they ever get past that. It is essential that you make it as comfortable a learning experience as possible to start with. If done right, they will enjoy it and learn a great life skill while they are at it.

Teach a baby to swim

As the saying goes, there are many ways to skin a cat. There is not one way to teach your child to swim. There are some methods that can be recommended for a start.

Teach a baby to swim

  • Start in a small mass of water (i.e. bath tub).
  • Do not complicate it by trying to teach them strokes or styles.
  • First thing should be to be comfortable in water.
  • Second would be to learn to float.
  • In a pool, with you guiding them, teach them to angle their head backward by looking up. towards the sky, which is an easy way to float.
  • With the arm floats, move into how to go about kicking in water.
  • The easiest of these is the frog kick, which is used when doing the breast stroke.
  • Introduce ball games to make it as fun as possible.
  • Work on their desire to win, and encourage them to want to learn to swim fast
  • Begin to introduce the strokes, such as the freestyle/front crawl.
  • Remove any aids that they have been making use of.
  • Explain the dangers of water to them, keen swimmers are to be made aware of these (open water swimming and so on).

Taking a baby swimming

There are three things that are worth considering if you decide to teach your baby to swim:

Teach baby to swim

  • Get them accustomed to the water: Once they get used to it, they tend to love playing in the water.
  • Make it leisurely: Do not make this a stressful period for your child. Make it as much fun as you possibly can.
  • Be patient: Like most things you may attempt to teach your child, you will need to repeat and reinforce things. Don’t lose heart. Be patient with them

What do I need to know when taking a baby swimming? As said above, you ideally wouldn’t want the pool to be the first place your child encounters the idea of swimming. It may turn out to be quite the ordeal. Start them off gently, in the bath tub. There are some things that you need to prepare when finally taking them to swim in a bigger pool, especially if it is open to the public.

  • Pick a pool that has a trainer pool, for beginners.
  • The changing room can be very busy, so it is advisable that you get them into their swimwear while still at home. Put their clothing on top of the swimwear.

Checklist

Things to take with you when taking a baby swimming

  1. Floats
  2. Goggles
  3. Swimming cap
  4. Snacks
  5. Drying towel
  6. Slippers
  7. Swimwear (should go without saying)
  8. Drinks

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In the end, rather invest this small amount of time in making sure that your baby learns to swim and is safe from various possible water injuries, including drowning. Get help from others who have done this. You are not alone.

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