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I once tagged along to watch my friend’s baby during her infant swim lessons. I had to stop myself from jumping in the water after her. Seconds passed, which felt like minutes, she was under water. All of a sudden she turned herself on her back and was floating in the middle of the pool. Her mom and swim instructor cheered her on. Meanwhile, I’m sitting there clenching the sides of the pool trying not to have a panic attack.
From womb to water, some babies are learning to swim before they can even walk. What if I told you babies should begin swim safety as early as when they take their first bath? According to Jan Elmer from Elmer Swim School, teaching a child to swim can start “as soon as the umbilical cord falls off.” I’ll give you a minute to catch your breath. You’re probably thinking, “You’re crazy! I’m not throwing my infant into a pool.” Well good news, you won’t be.
Find out what steps you should follow when teaching your baby swim safety.
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