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.
August 22, 2017
There is much research of the benefits of baby swimming.
Lana Witehead of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance made this slide show:
Lana Whitehead "Scientific Benefits of Early Swim Lessons" NDPA Symposium 2012 from National Drowning Prevention Alliance
Scientific Benefits os Swimming Lessons
Swimming Promotes Sensory Integration
August 3, 2017
Your child can learn to swim - no excuses!
It is one of your most important jobs!
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.