I've spent all Weekend drawing the Baby Swim Shorts and you can't really see them in the pictures. What you can see though is the exact positions that we use in the lessons. I think being able to see under the water helps too.
I'll add more of the swimming routines and positions, in part 2, possibly even get some animations up if I have time. I've mixed in real life pictures of myself and Amélie, although my body doesn't quite measure up to the computer version.
| This is one of the most basic positions and is used for many routines. Keep yourself low in the water, and try to allow
your baby to float rather than supporting them too much with your hands.
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| This position is used for many routines. Your baby is vertical, held by your hands under their armpits. The position
doesn't really have a name, I just called it neutral position as it is how we hold our babies most of the time.
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| The first back floating position (there are others) we were shown was how I naturally held our baby during bathtime. Supported with your hand under their head. I'm left handed, right handers will want to switch hands. When your baby is small
you can have their feet pointing towards your tummy. As they grow you will need to have them slightly to the side.
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|More Examples Of Swim Position|
|More Examples Of Neutral Position|
|More Examples Of Back Floating|
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I was curious at what age you started the lessons and how long did you spend, on average, in each "phase".
We started the lessons at 6 weeks old with our daughter. Our son wasn't able to start that early as they introduced a new rule that they need to weigh 14lbs at that particular company. We have started him with another company that do baby swimming but will transfer him back as soon as he is 14lbs.
The lessons lasted about 30 minutes and we flew through the different routines. No more than a few minutes on each.
Outside of the lessons we spend about 20-40 minutes in the local pool, and spend more time on each routine. I hope that answers your question.
Dear parents, I would like to thank you for your generousity for providing this site. my husband is also very interested in bringing the baby to the pool. I have to admit i was very worried truth be told: afraid for my 10 weeks old baby.he just dipped her in and out with strick orders not to dip her under, but now with your site I think i can be a bit more relaxed, he is quite happy that now he has some guidelines as to how to proceed. our baby is 11 weeks now and i'll be taking her to the pool tomorow.
Thank again for your parenting insight.