January 14, 2018

Swim with your child during the cooler months!

Kids forget how to swim when they learn under 5 years old.  It is imperative to take your baby swimming to an indoor pool during the cooler months. Learning to swim is not like learning to ride a bike.  Children often develop a fear of the pool from year to year.  Parents get so busy with the holidays, and the cold weather does not make it appealing to go swimming!

The last time I took Caroline swimming at my neighbor's pool, she was so cold that I couldn't coax her to jump in!  She put her feet in the water and wanted out, but I had to pull her in the water (making it fun by laughing and tickling her.)  After I let her dunk me a few times she warmed up a little and swam to the bottom to get the hat - her new game.  

This winter, I have been making phone calls to find a public pool that offers family swim.  Locally, I found the Cumming Aquatic Center, Cumming Georgia.  It is a little far but the hours are great and I heard that the pool is warm!

Here we are.  The water is warm but it's cold in the showers!

Where do you go for family swim during the cold months?

Please leave me your comment, Miss Bea

September 13, 2017

Mommy! NO water on my face!

Practice swimming in your back yard! Let's work on getting water on the face.  This is a good way to lead into swimming under the water in the pool when your child does not like getting his face wet.

Fun is the name of the game when it comes to swimming!

Do this in the shower - set the signal - make it fun!

Then, when your child doesn't mind getting his face wet...

Put a toy on the step in the pool so that he has to put his face in the water to get it!  
Soon your child will be swimming!

Don't let him forget, practice in the bathtub!

Durham has lots of fun in the bath!

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August 3, 2017

Learn to Swim with Miss Bea - Teach your child to Swim

Your child can learn to swim - no excuses!  

It is one of your most important jobs!

Learn to Swim with Miss Bea will show you:

 Learn to swim ideas starting with the baby's first bath 
How to dunk your child with confidence
what to do if your 2 year old will not put his face under water 
How to improve your child's kick
How to get your child to swim by himself
And much more - in English and Spanish!

E. Swimming to Mommy

E. loves looking at Daddy underwater

Going underwater together is a sure way to make it fun, especially if you take a picture!

Many parents are worried about putting their child under the water.  If you are gentle and loving, you do not have to worry about your child going under the water.  First you have to have your child used to having water on the face.  You should do this in the bathtub, pouring water on the baby's face with a cup.  You start with a little water and wipe his nose.  As your baby gets used to that, you increase the amount of water by counting the seconds.

For a baby older than around 6 months, have the baby pour water on your face or on a toy's face.  Have the baby wipe his own face and your face and the toy's face making funny noises.

Put a toy in the bottom of the tub and see if your child will put his face in and get it!  This is a good was for the child not to forget to put his face in the water over the winter months.

How to get your child to love swimming underwater.

October 6, 2015

Gain confidence when putting your child underwater

Ali Grace underwater - one year old

Babies are swimming animals before they are born!  To continue this mindset, will ensure positive future swimming experiences.  Squeeze the  clean washcloth on the baby's face, first on the side, then over the eyes. Do this at every bath! As the child gets older, pour more water.  Pouring water on the baby's face in the tub will prepare your child underwater submersion in a pool. This does not harm your baby.  These babies are used to having water on their face.

Make sure to pour water on the face of your baby in the bath, then do the same in the pool.
Don't forget to play games have fun! 

Watch the video on youtube and subscribe to my channel for more baby swim videos that will answer all your questions, and buy my DVD, Learn to Swim with Miss Bea.

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March 16, 2015

Special Needs Kids Need Swimming Lessons too!

Many have called me through the years to ask my advice about their special needs children.  When Hannah's sweet mama recently reached out to me uncertain about the swim lessons she had just started with her little 10 month old, I told her to go for it!  Take it easy and have fun and keep it up all year!

Hannah and her mami, uncertain about the water!!

Hanna's first swimming lessons. 

Start your lessons in the tub!!

My newest grandbaby...

March 13, 2015

Will my child ever learn how to swim?

This Summer your child was well on the way to becoming a confident swimmer.  But it seemed to be taking forever and you just didn't have time to devote to this very important life skill.

Even though the weather is not conducive to swimming, find an indoor pool where you can go to continue to practice - even once a month.

If you don't have a pool near by nor any swimming lessons available for your children, then you have to practice in the tub!  Fill up the tub and practice.  Even get goggles and put them on in the tub to catch the toys at the bottom.

Getting a toy from the bottom 

Proud that he did it!

The most important thing is for the child to be comfortable going under the water.

Don't give up!  It takes time and dedication.  Some children need lots of help and support before they take off swimming on their own.  

I'm proud of this Daddy practicing in the hotel pool while on vacation!  He is right there for 4 year old James as he plays going under water and diving for toys.   

It is important not to get discouraged and give up on your child but take advantage of every chance you get in the pool.  

Practice in the bathtub or hot tub every chance you get.