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September 14th, 2012, 08:58 PM
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So tonight was Tuckr's 2nd real bath in the tub with me. He loves to play in the water so I get in with him and fill the tub up about half way and let him play. So tonight I had a hold of him and he kept trying to turn his head into the water. So I let him to see what he would do.
I about peed myself cause he just kept doing it. He was in no danger I had a hold of his head so he was laying down and his ears weren't even covered. But he kept turning his face holing his breath and submerging his Face. He would turn back after a second and giggle not gasp for air.
I know he doesn't have "fear" yet but this should be instinctual right? I mean once he figured out where the water was he would hold his breath before going under! I feel like he shouldnt be able to do that...
Now I was a water baby so to speak. I LOVE the water and have always been most comfortable in the water since day one. My whole family is like that. We are very much water people. Can this be like a predisposition to be attuned to water?
....I feel I have some googling to do, I just wondered what other moms think!

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September 14th, 2012, 09:27 PM
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I've never heard of that before. I'd probably be freaked out & not let Adalyn do it again if she tried doing that, lol.

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September 15th, 2012, 05:18 AM
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It's normal, I've known a few babies who loved to dunk their faces, you will just have to watch him extra close.

Remember he came out of a big water balloon

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September 15th, 2012, 06:33 AM
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Michaela did this exact thing during her first bath - in the baby bath, with me holding her head. I turned her head gently back up. I don't think she'll do it again though because she tasted the baby bath and did not like. I don't know if it means she has a predisposition to being good with water but we do intend to start taking her to the swimming pool once I've had my 6-week PP check.

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September 15th, 2012, 06:33 AM
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Actually before a certain amount of weeks babies can instinctually swim in water. I watched a video that freaked me out of newborns just swimming away. They looked happy. But they lose that after a few weeks old. I can't remember what age exactly.
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September 15th, 2012, 07:24 AM
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It's so weird. I figure if he's comfortable and as long as I'm holding him and watching him very carefully I'll let him. I figure it can't hurt him if he isnt inhaling water or anything. I'm hoping it will continue and he will love the water as much as me.

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September 15th, 2012, 10:46 AM
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I used to teach swim classes and with the newborns, we started blowing in their faces before they went under water around 6 weeks. It helps them gasp a deep breath and hold it for a second to take a quick dip. We have VERY few newborns though. Most babies were 3-6 months when they started.
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September 15th, 2012, 10:54 AM
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We have video of Lily going under water in the pool at a few months old. Blew in her face and went under... Te camera was underwater and you can see her little legs froggy back up to the surface. I'll have to find it and post

After our NICU stay and the doctors worrying about aspiration and my water birth there's no way I'm letting him stick his face under wether he wants to or not lol

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