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  1. #1
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    Default Swimming lessons

    Hey everyone,

    I just stared taking my 16 month old girl swimming lessons about 1 month ago.
    Unfortunately she got an ear infection after two weeks so i have not taken her back yet.

    I was wondering how old you were when you taught your children to swim, and if you have any good ideas that help for those who have thier own pool.


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    My kids both did swimming lessons, but really it was being able to go in the pool at home that seemed to help them actually swim.

    To be honest it just kind of happened. They had both been to swimming lessons so they were fine with going under water, and playing monkeys around the edge. It just kind of progressed as they started putting their heads under more while holding the edge, jumping out to me, swimming out to me, swimming from corner to corner, swimming the width, copying me dive etc. Also they liked diving for rings underwater, even though most the time they never actually got the ring, it seemed to give them more confidence (they do that kind of thing at swimming lessons too.)

    Hopefully someone else can give you better advice though! Is she still going to to do swimming lessons as well?

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    The rings are a great idea! Thank you!.
    Its good to hear the different things that work for different people.
    We have a pool, and I will take her back to swimming lessons as well.
    Just want to make sure her ear infection is all cleared up because this is the second one she has had, and the first one took a long time to go away.

    I really enjoy going into he water with her, and swimming lessons as such a great way to make it really fun as well, with all those monkey climb around the edge of the pool as you mentioned.

    We recently brought her a little baby floating ring seat. She cant float yet,
    and she likes to cling to us instead of us holding her next to us, which is fair enough really when your getting use to a giant bath. So i thought the seat might help her in our own pool just to get use to being next to us and floating and playing in the water.

    Shes getting use to having water over her head as well, she thinks its hilarious when Daddy or her toys get water over the heads, so it encourages her.

    Looking forward to taking her back, as I think she will get use to it quickly, just a matter of keeping it going. Bit hard when the weather is cold as well because we cant go in our pool.


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