Here are the proven instructions to teach babies to go under water if under 7 months using the air in the face reflex:
Blow like a gentle gust of wind onto the baby’s face. You can see your baby take in a gulp of air and/or make a funny face – do this several times before you go in the pool to see if your baby still has this reflex. (This reflex is usually lost between 4 and 9 months)
Follow these steps in the pool:
- After the baby is comfortable and playful in the water, hold the baby under the arms facing you, and make eye contact with your baby.
- Count to three to set the signal,
- blow quickly on your baby’s face
- watch your baby make the funny face
- smoothly and gently lower the baby’s head completely under the water for one second
- When you raise your baby, wipe your baby’s nose so that not even a tiny water bubble will go into the nose.
- Give your baby a hug to your chest so that the baby will blow out and not swallow any air. Skipping this step may cause the baby to develop a hard tummy. This may become a big burp, and may even lead to throwing up.
- Immediately distract your baby with a toy.
- Do this about 5-10 times a session if the baby doesn’t show any discomfort.
- Extend the time under the water to up to 5 seconds pulling your baby toward you for a short glide as you step back.
- Place your hand gently behind your baby’s head gliding your baby to another person.
- Scatter underwater practice with practice on the other skills as instructed on the dvd, and playing with your baby.
- Enjoy your time together!