Why You Need to Teach Your Baby How To Swim
Many parents are discovering the art of teaching their baby to swim. Not only is it fun for your baby to swim, bond with you, and play with other babies, it is a great way for you to interact with other parents as well.
It was only discovered in the 1960's that babies were able to swim independently underwater. But since then, it has been learned that it promotes self-confidence and personal development - physical and emotional. It gives your baby a calming, zero-gravity environment to move freely where they otherwise could not on land. This is incredibly beneficial to babies with Downs syndrome and cerebral palsy.
The benefits of baby swimming include; increased motor development, social skills and intelligence, increased concentration, alertness, and perceptual abilities, and improved nap time and night time sleep patterns. Babies who learn how to swim have been known to walk earlier as well, due to their increased muscle control.
It's only natural for a baby to feel comfortable and happy in the warm water. You don't have to worry about your child breathing, because they automatically hold their breath while underwater. This is called the "mammalian dive reflex". After all, they did spend their first 9 months in fluid.
If you have your own pool, it is up to you as a parent to decide when you want your baby to start swimming. There is no age limit. They can even start right after birth. Some classes however, ask that you wait until they are 3 months. Others recommend you start as early as possible. But keep in mind, the longer you wait, their confidence in the water decreases. Closer to their first year, they can actually develop a fear of water if they are not familiar with it. You should never force your child to learn if they don't want to. This will only result in a stressful situation for your child which could become a problem later on.
Don't expect your baby to start swimming like a pro right away. It takes time and patience. But even though they can't swim on the water's surface until they are about three, they can swim for short distances under the water with the help and encouragement of their parent. Have an underwater camera available to capture that special moment.
Check with your local community swimming pool to see if they have classes available. You and your new baby will love it.
Cassandra Germsheid is the owner of Baby Tips Online (http://www.babytipsonline.com). She is a stay at home mother but sometimes works part time for her local newspaper.
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Why Convertible Cribs Make Sense
Who doesn't love cool gadgets that morph into dozens of tools with a twist of the wrist. Finding baby equipment that grows with your child is like hitting the jackpot ? particularly when it involves big ticket items.Purchasing a crib is one of the major decisions you'll make when furnishing your child's nursery. Size, style and color are important considerations, however another option is quickly moving up on the priority checklist ? being able to convert from a crib into a larger bed.You'll generally use a crib for the first two to three years and then move on to a larger bed. Toddlers are still small enough to comfortably lie down in a crib, but many parents move to a bed so the child can easily get in and out ? especially important if you have a child that is scaling the sides the of the crib.Manufacturers today are making cribs with adjustable mattress heights, removable sides and add-on kits that let you easily change the crib into a toddler or day bed and even a full size bed. These models may cost slightly more but taking into consideration that the use of the crib has been extended from two to twenty years, the additional up-front cost may be worthwhile.For more details on convertible cribs, visit your local baby store or a furniture showroom specializing in child's furniture. Some of our favorite convertible cribs are by:Da VinciThe convertible cribs created by Da Vinci are some of the most beautiful cribs we have seen on the market, hands down. While some models, like the stunning sleigh bed, have sides that do not drop down, the upside is you have a beautiful piece of furniture that doesn't look like it's a crib masquerading as a bed. StorkcraftWe've all been oohing and ahhing over the new 5 in 1 convertible by Storkcraft. Not only does it do all the normal crib to toddler to day bed to double bed transitions, but it can also be changed into a sofa! Just imagine sending your child off to college with a sofa that was once their crib! Now that getting your moneys worth!Alta BabyOne of our moms raves about her 4 in 1 convertible bed (crib, youth bed, day bed, headboard/footboard for full size bed) and has reported that the conversion has been smooth each step of the way.
Potty Training Guide
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Baby Showers To Remember
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Baby Development - But What Role do Parents Play?
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TEA for TWO, For BABY and YOU!
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10 Ways to Make Toilet Training Fun & Exciting
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Better Health and Happiness for Your Baby
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Creating Good Feng Shui in Babys Room
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Gift Giving For Baby
Since they are you friends or relatives, chances are you know their lifestyle. Do they like to travel or like taking day trips to the amusement parks or zoos? If yes, backpack diaper bag is a good idea. A backpack diaper bag frees up both hands and it looks good on both man and woman. Baby carrier is another good choice for gift for active parents. Think about other travel accessories like shopping cart strap, stroller cup holder and other small but useful traveling gadgets. Portable booster is a good idea too. It is always cleaner than the ones you find in most restaurants.
The Perfect Baby Shower Gift
Have you found yourself frustrated trying to decide what to buy for a baby shower gift? By the time you have spent energy, money and time buying and wrapping the "perfect" gift, you find that someone else had the same idea. This scenario is the same embarrassment that you felt in Jr. High School when some girl wore the identical dress for the Spring Dance. I can reassure you that help is on the way for those who don't find gift shopping a thrill a minute.
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How Much Water For Baby?
While drinking more water is a good idea for everyone,especially during hot summer months, too much water can beharmful to infants 6 months old and younger. According to astudy in Clinicians Reviews a 1997 survey of new mothersfound that nearly 25 percent give their babies water atleast 3 times per week in the first month of life.
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