Monthly Archives: October 2015

Develop Strength & Coordination Through Swimming

Posted October 20th 2015

Bringing your baby or child to the pool has positive physical, mental and emotional benefits. By keeping your babies and children active this fall and winter, they can enjoy these developmental benefits!

Getting your baby into the pool early can help improve a their co-ordination and balance. With the help from buoyancy in the water, babies can more freely move their bodies, stretch out and use different muscles than they would be able to on land. Overall, babies who swim have a much better balance out of the pool.

Some emotional and mental benefits for babies include bonding with the parent/guardian, increased confidence, and wellbeing and improved knowledge of safety.

According to Swimming Nation Canada, swimming skills should be introduced at very early ages. Physical activity is essential for healthy child development. Among its other benefits, physical activity enhances development of brain function, coordination, social skills, gross motor skills, emotions, leadership, and imagination. Swim Nation Canada

A young child who participates in water related activities, can experience these benefits:

  • Increased confidence and positive self-esteem
  • Strong bone and muscle development
  • Improved flexibility, posture and balance
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced stress
  • Greater knowledge of their body and how to move skillfully Swim Nation Canada

Swimming is a sport that encourages building strength through resistance instead of weightlifting. “Resistance training including body-weight-caring exercises can benefit young bodies and prepare them for active lives” reports Reuters Health.

By using the water for resistance, each workout is scalable. The Mayo Clinic endorses that swimming promotes greater lung capacity and cardiovascular health. Mayo Clinic

With fall already here and winter just around the corner, keep your children active in the cooler months by signing up for swim lessons or water sports.

Babies at Bath Time

Posted October 6th 2015

Making the water a fun and safe place can start during a newborn baby’s first bath. In warm bath water, a baby can be naturally comfortable as a bath has a similar environment to a mother’s womb. By making every bath time a fun and relaxing experience from the start, a baby can learn to love and trust the water as they grow.

Baby in Bath

Start with sponges and cloths to wash the baby’s face and hair. It is important that the water moves down their face instead of up. This will prevent the water going up their nose. During each bath time, the baby should experience getting their face wet. As they grow older their faces should be wet often during bath time. Allow them to explore kicking and slashing- even making a little mess with the water! If the baby gets splashed accidently, smile and make a positive remark. By using positive language and expressions, the baby will pick up on this and learn that it is good to get their faces wet!

As the baby gets older, introduce different ways of getting their face wet. Use different bath toys such as a small plastic colander from the dollar store. It will be worth spending a few dollars to make the experience fun and interactive. Scoop the warm water with the colander and let the water gently wet the back of the baby’s head. As they become more comfortable, use more water and get more of their head, face and body wet. Eventually when they can scoop the water themselves, encourage them to wash their body, head and face with the colander.

A fun way to interact with the water differently is by introducing a shower. While singing a song such as the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” move in and out of the water stream allowing the water to pour down the baby’s face. While you sing “down came the rain” step into the stream, and while you sing “washed the spider out” step out of the stream.

Bath Time Safety Tips

  • Always make sure the baby or child- no matter what age is supervised during bath time. This includes the filling and draining of the tub. A child can drown in less than an inch of water.
  • Always make sure toys are added to the bath AFTER the baby or child is in the tub. This prevents them from crawling into the tub to get the toys.
  • Test the water temperature before the baby enters and watch for signs of the baby getting cold.
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