Swimming: When should be introduce and how?

@caesarin (1091)
Indonesia
April 29, 2007 9:50pm CST
I like swimming and I wish I could bring my daughter of 14 months to swim along with me. I read a book where western people introduce their babies when they were about 6 months old or younger. WOW. I can't imagine myself doing so. There are things that I worry about. There's no indoor pools around for children so I'm afraid she might catch cold after the swim. How long should I let her swim? Also water is cold, no hot/warm water pools around. How are the mothers introduce swimming to the babies? How?
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@lissaj (532)
• United States
30 Apr 07
I think it is best to do it at an early age, so that they aren't afraid of the water when they are older. My children were all introduced to swimming around 6 months. They were only let in for a small amount of time at first, getting used to it. Now I can't keep them out of the water.
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@cherhost (1073)
• United States
30 Apr 07
Well let me tell you... I took my kid swimming when she was 6 months old! Yes I know but I am very brave I guess... it was so easy. There are floats just for babies... I had a great time and so did she. But the one thing I did was bathe her I did not like the chemicals on her. But go get you a kiddie pool at Walmart or something like that... fill it up and let her go to town. It is just like a bath! Good luck
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• Canada
30 Apr 07
I have heard about this as well and have seen it in different baby books and from what I can gather they just put their little one's in the water and instinct is supposed to take over . They say a baby that is really young will do it on instinct but as they get older they learn fear and lose the instinct . I would worry about my little one catching a cold and would worry that she would fall over as well . My suggestion that you as her mother will know when you feel when this is comfortable for you , I wouldn't do it until you felt comfortable yourself .
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@rapolu_cs (1184)
• India
30 Apr 07
I think 2yes of age would be the correct for the kid to learn swimming as this is the age where they learn how to balance themselves and even they build up their self resistance to infections caused by water because some babies are very sensitive and they get easily effected with the bronchites infection and may frequently get attacked with cold. I certainly let my son only after he completes his 3yrs.
@Gemmygirl1 (2871)
• Australia
30 Apr 07
A baby can swim at birth, they're very good with water - all you need to do is continue to keep them in the water, just play with them in the water & they will learn as they grow! You cant catch a cold from being cold - you catch a cold from germs in the air that have been carried by someone else & coughed or sneezed out in to the air! You can take a baby in to a normal pool, you just hold on to them. Think of a water birth - the baby goes straight from the mother & in to the water because they have been in fluids & everything is fine! A baby will automatically hold his/her breath when they are put under water too so everything would be fine! I would like to have my daughter in lessons but for the moment she's too young to be in the normal lessons & the lessons that are designed for infants, are just too far away from where i live, otherwise, i would have had my daughter in the water from day 1!