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Old 06-02-2011, 01:37 PM   #11
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I would NEVER put my kid's head under!

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Old 06-02-2011, 01:49 PM   #12
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Those swim classes are wonderful for people who live in high drowning areas. I live in a neighborhood where 2/3 of my neighbors have a pool. So, teaching kids to swim is important. Plus, it's only June, and I think we've had 16 drowning deaths since January.

But, if you live in an area where you'll only be playing in splash pools or occasionally in a big pool, I wouldn't worry about putting his head under this young.
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I just signed up for swim lessons! Starts saturday at 9am, I can't wait. We have a neighborhood pool and so does one of his grandmas - where we are going today - so I think it's important for him to be comfortable with it. My neice took lessons when she was 6mo and she's 3 now and can't wait to go off the diving board even though she can't swim yet. hehe.

I figure I can judge how comfortable he is and go from there.
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Old 06-02-2011, 01:56 PM   #14
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Re: talk to me about infants at the pool

We "dunked" our kids early, being big "water people" and we needed to lifejacket train our ODS at a few months old to go boating. HOWEVER, it's not for everyone, you really need to work up to it and make sure your LO is comfortable in the water (like training a dog, you don't have them jumping through hoops at the first session).

If I were YOU I would not dunk your LO, for a first pool session of the season. Splash, play, blow bubbles, and just have fun. Your goal in going is to have fun, not teach.
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I did swimming lessons with DS at 8 months and they taught us to dunk their heads with the blowing in the face method and counting to three...

By the third lesson if you counted to three in the pool he would close his eyes and hold his breath.

HE still loves water and dunking his head.
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Old 06-02-2011, 02:02 PM   #16
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Like escapethevillage, I have drowning concerns. We live right next to a major river and our favorite park is there. I have to keep a sharp eye on DS to keep him from trotting right into the river after the geese. I'm not comfortable waiting for him to learn to swim on his own time frame, so we started lessons as soon as they would admit him. (5 months) Despite what DS seems to think now, he's not yet ready to swim on his own, but I feel better now that the building blocks are in place. I assure you, a swift dip in the water here and there has not traumatized him for life but been extremely beneficial.

His father, bless him, still promptly blows out all his air if he gets a dunking, then wonders why he sinks like a stone in a pool. (DH is afraid of water and can't swim. One of our deals is that I teach DS not to fear water, and DH will teach him not to fear needles.)
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