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September 15th, 2012, 07:39 AM
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I just posted about how my son has loved the water since day one and has no fear when it comes to submerging himself.
Well someone mentioned A video they had seen about a newborn swimming (I can't remember who mentioned it now)
But I did some research on this toPic and HOLY MOSES ITS COOL!
There are a bunch of videos and all kinds of instructions to teach your young baby how to swim starting as young as day one but suggested to wait Til 5 days to 1 week of age.
Well Tuckr is closer to 3 weeks now and I'm goin to start using bathtub techniques to get him started. This is really cool. They use it a lot for drowning prevention. So if a young child falls in a pool it will be able to swim to the side of the pool or flip over and float on its back.
Its neat! I'm posting links to a couple videos

This one is weird but interesting notice the baby's instant smile at the end
YouTube - Baby Swimming Survival Video

This one is newborn or very young babies
YouTube - Baby Swimming amazing new borns....

This one shocked the hell out of me!!! This is incredible!
YouTube - Baby Swimming Self-Rescue


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So we had our first lesson! I just gently laid Tuckr in the tub about half full of water and held up his head with one hand and massaged his arms and legs and his body and dripped water over him. I put my hands on either side of his head like in the video and swished him around until he was comfortable and he started to float. Then I switched to one hand and continued to massage him and let him float and relax. He was instinctively moving his arms and legs in swimming like fashion. We continued this for several minutes.
I plan on repeating this for a week or so or longer until I feel he can float alone and let go. We will try after a week if he keeps up the good work! I feel this was very successful! A very good first session!
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September 15th, 2012, 09:06 AM
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Infant Swim Resource.

The classes are crazy expensive but we tried to get Lily into them two summers in arow since we're often at my parent's house who has a pool. The only instructor near here though has had some issues and took time off so it didn't pan out.
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September 15th, 2012, 09:48 AM
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That person was me. I saw the video years ago when I was pregnant with my first. Shocked the crap out of me. But it sounds like a great idea.
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September 15th, 2012, 11:35 AM
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I read in my baby book that newborns have what's called a "swimming reflex" and if put in the water they will kick out their arms and legs or something.

Oz and I will be doing swimming for moms and tots but our community centre doesn't accept babies much younger then six months so we won't be doing it until the spring lessons I think.
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September 15th, 2012, 12:31 PM
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That's cool. There are swimming lessons that start in January that I would like to do with Theo.
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September 15th, 2012, 12:50 PM
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I just cringed at the thought of swimming in January in Ontario but I imagine there are a lot of indoor, heated pools up there unlike here in FL where they're all outside and unheated.

My parents and sister both have pools so we're planning on putting Emily in lessons starting in April or so.
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September 15th, 2012, 03:37 PM
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It's amazing. Tuckr has felt "light" in the water. When takes a bath all I have done is support his head with one hand like the second video I posted because he floats so well on his own. So tonight we are going to have our first lesson. I am going to video tape it and report back with my findings!!!
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September 15th, 2012, 07:31 PM
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I just cringed at the thought of swimming in January in Ontario but I imagine there are a lot of indoor, heated pools up there unlike here in FL where they're all outside and unheated.

My parents and sister both have pools so we're planning on putting Emily in lessons starting in April or so.
Oh yeah, it's in an indoor pool at a rec centre. The lake my city is on is only warm enough for swimming in the summer.
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September 15th, 2012, 09:53 PM
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I learned how to swim before I learned how to walk. We had a pool in our backyard though... I don't have a pool in my backyard but I do plan on Micah learning at a pretty young age!
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