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Everyone knows that swimming has always been, and is, a very complete sport. Thanks to the movement through the aquatic environment, almost all the muscles of our body are activated, and in the case of babies, it is very important for the development of motor, cognitive, sensory and social areas.
That babies, or older children, are in contact with this medium, supposes a development of the musculature, strengthens the respiratory capacity and helps the expulsion of mucus in case of congestion. And of course, and this will appeal to many moms and dads, it improves appetite, increasing it (and the fact is that water makes you very hungry). And a multitude of benefits, but most importantly, it helps to improve the bond between mom or dad and son by strengthening affection.
One aspect to keep in mind if we are with babies from 6 to 9 months is that from birth until this age, babies have the reflex called 'glottic cut'. It consists in that even if the baby is submerged in the water, the glottis closes preventing anything from entering the respiratory tract. If it is not stimulated, this reflex is lost more quickly. In this way, one way to keep it active for longer is by carrying out controlled dives:
- Holding the baby by the armpits in a standing position in the water, we count one two and three, blow on the baby's face and submerge. And you can also do a dive for the baby and another for you to make it more fun.
- When we have the baby sitting on the curb, to which we introduce them in the water we do a small immersion as well.
- Place a toy completely submerged in the water (small, shallow pool) and try to catch the object with small dips. This exercise also favors future psychomotor skills and stimulates their visual and tactile perception.
Another important aspect is to instill in babies respect for the environment, that is, when we play with babies or little ones near water we try to make them enter or jump into the water at the command of the parents by: , and 3 !! or ready, ready now !!… ..and never before or without any order.
Thus sitting on the curb or standing (depending on the child) we will do both exercises:
- 1, 2, and (you wait a few minutes) 3 and each time lengthening the wait for 3. Or ready, set… .. go! The same as the previous.
- Also jumping any obstacle (hoop, plank, board, churro etc.)
- When they are very small we will put the baby's head on our shoulder to give him security and we will move little by little.
- Having mastered the previous exercise, we can place some type of auxiliary material: board, churro ... under the baby's neck and let it float.
- With the help of auxiliary material or not, put the baby in the back position and make movements from one side of the pool to the other.
And finally, the work in the prone position improves cervical tone as well as strengthens the spine and torso and makes the search for objects easier:
- Place a churro under the baby's tummy and make movements to reach an object.
- Catch the baby's hands and encourage him to do a crawl kick.
- Carry objects from one side of the pool to the other. We place a board in front of the child, he will take it with his hands and at the same time we will take the object in question to the other side.
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