Tips on How to Get Your Child Comfortable in the Water
As a parent, nothing is more heart-breaking than watching your child cry and scream in fear every time they go near the pool. The good news is that it's never too late to get them comfortable in the water!
Here are some helpful tips on how to do just that:
Make sure your child is wearing a swimsuit that fits properly
As adult, we are encouraged to make sure we wear appropriate clothing when we go to the gym and for children, getting them in a pool in really no different.
Make sure their swimsuit fits properly, otherwise they will feel uncomfortable and it could hurt them.
Even down to it being far too big a garment when full of water, leading them to get it caught somewhere or on something.
Make sure your child knows what type of materials are allowed (and aren’t) in the pool based on where you're headed. If they need one before getting into the water, make sure they wear it right for maximum comfort.
Also consider whether or not they can easily take this piece off if needed such as after using the bathroom; this could lead to little accidents if it takes them too long to figure out how to take the swimsuit off.
Use toys to help them feel less uncomfortable in the water
One of the best ways to get them comfortable in the pool is by using toys. One of my favorite types of water toy includes a float, which will help keep your child afloat and feeling more at ease while they are swimming or splashing around on their own.
Fish flotation devices offer just that, for children who might be less confident in the open waters; these can really make them feel like they aren’t alone out there!
Let them have fun with other kids and parents to feel more comfortable
It should be known that the age range for this type of thing is really very young, but it can even help them in adulthood.
The best way to get your child used to water play while they are still a baby is by getting them involved with other children who naturally swim well and play around all day long!
If you don't know anyone like that or do not live near any family members or friends, consider taking your kid down to the pool at their local park so they can meet people there and make some new friends.
They will almost certainly encourage each other's curiosity about swimming as one another grows older! You might also want look into joining a community program such as them play with rubber ducks and other floaties in the pool.
Talk about what they see underwater
One of the best ways to keep a child's attention on something, especially in a pool is by talking about what you're seeing.
For example, if your child isn't much for going under water yet and can only stand being there as long as their head remains above the surface try pointing out things like fish or other animals that might be swimming around them.
This will help ease their fear of getting too far below the surface!
Teach children how to hold their breath for longer periods of time
Another fantastic technique that can be used, even on very young children is by teaching them how to hold their breath for longer periods of time.
This will help with breathing and also encourage more curiosity about what's going on under the water!
For instance: tell your child they need to stay underwater as long as they possibly can without taking a breath and then when it gets closer and closer to the point where you know they are reaching their limit give them some advice remembering this important fact; no matter what happens don't take a deep breath before jumping in - just keep holding it until after re entering the surface again.
If done properly (and this should only be attempted if you feel confident enough that kid won't freak out) this will help them realize that they can hold their breath for a lot longer than they thought, which will make going under water much more fun!
Find a pool that has a shallow end and gradually goes deeper
If your child is nervous about going into the deeper end of a pool where there isn't anything to stand on or hold onto, you might want to consider finding one that has a shallow end and gradually goes deeper.
This way they can get used to being in water without having too much space under their feet so it feels like an endless fall!
It will also help them realize what's below them if suddenly something happens (like someone drops something) and they need to go down quickly for whatever reason.
They'll feel comfortable knowing exactly where everything is - even at times when they aren't feeling all that confident!
There are plenty of places with this type of setup, just ask around before heading out somewhere new; some parents recommend doggy paddle classes for this reason.
Give your child plenty of time to get comfortable with the water before you try teaching them how to swim
The most important thing to remember is that your child needs plenty of time before you even think about teaching them how to swim.
This means taking it slow and giving yourself or any other instructors enough time so they don't get stressed out while trying to teach something new.
Children are naturally curious, but because water can be perceived as dangerous there's no telling what might happen if their nerves get the best of them during this learning process!
There are a lot more things that could go wrong when swimming compared to walking on dry land where everything feels safer - which is why patience will always pay off in the end!
Make sure they wear goggles while swimming because this will make them feel safer and more confident in the water
Making kids wear goggles make it a lot easier to keep track of where they are and if something happens.
It might be hard at first for them to adjust, but after a day or two the feeling will go away!
They'll also feel more confident once they can see everything around them without having water in their eyes which is why getting your child comfortable with goggles is highly recommended - even on short trips to the pool during summer time!
Even going under water doesn't have to be scary as long as you talk about what's happening while down there too
For any future tips that anyone has about making children feel safer and more confident in the water please leave your ideas below so we can all benefit from knowing how everyone else does things
Encourage your child's independence by giving them something like a kickboard or noodle
Showing them how to do this will get their mind off of the water for a while and worrying about anything else that might be happening in the background which is why I would recommend doing it before any lessons on swimming or even just getting into deeper parts of the pool!
They can still have fun without feeling like they need some sort of help every time something new comes up - so let's focus more on making kids feel confident rather than totally dependent on others helping them out every step of the way!
Last but not least, make sure they wear goggles because when you're underwater everything feels very different compared to being above ground where things are easier to see. Not having goggles makes it harder for children (and adults alike).
Take breaks during swimming lessons so that children don't tire themselves out too quickly
It's always better to take it slow and make sure you know what you're doing before making any sudden moves with kids in the water.
They need plenty of time to get used everything, especially if this is their first time swimming and they're not entirely sure about being in water.
With the help of these tips, you should be well on your way to helping your child feel more comfortable in the water.
Remember that every kid is different and there are many ways to make them feel safe enough to enjoy swimming time with their parents or other kids.