Learning materials for babies in the pool

Learning materials for babies in the pool

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For babies to learn to stay afloat in the water and master the aquatic environment, it is advisable to use different elements or learning materials. Cruz Lobo Sanz, monitor of the Baby Swim pool in Madrid, recommends us which are the most suitable materials to stimulate babies during their first contact with water.

When the holidays arrive and the family goes to the beach or goes to the pool, doubts arise about the material that the baby should use in the water. Cruz Lobo recommends that parents "use the same material with which the baby is working at that time, that is, if he is doing exercises with a churrito with his connector we recommend that they continue with this, since it is not good to go up or lower their level, each stage of learning can have its time and it must be respected ".

1. Cork board. Thought and designed for babies under one year of age in their first contact with water. It is ideal for a baby of about five months, which is the minimum age at which you can start working with babies in the aquatic environment. This cork board has a very large base and an adjustable hole where the baby is inserted. Its objective is to familiarize the baby with the water while working the balance and offering security while moving through the water. The use of the table requires constant vigilance on the part of the parents or the monitor because although it seems simple babies can turn around with this material. We must keep the baby on the table, releasing and grabbing him little by little, or giving him the hand. The table is the starter material for babies.

2. Churro. The use of the table gives way to the churro with its connector. The baby goes inside the churro with the connector centered in the front. With this material, it is more difficult for the baby to balance than with the small board, because it has less base. The system is similar to a float and its function is to stimulate the baby to work on balance and flotation. The mission of the parents or monitors is to hold and release the baby in an alternative way and, little by little, until the child acquires autonomy. Babies usually take a month or month and a half to master the churro technique. However, it is normal that they do not quite succeed because they always turn around a little.

3. Full belt. The whole belt adjusts to the baby's body and is used, at first, with two small boards or two corks to reinforce the stability and balance of the baby in the water.

This material serves to work autonomy and movement and, in addition, adds difficulty to the child's work in the pool, since with the belt it is more difficult for babies to maintain balance. Babies have to work harder to stay and move.

The second step of learning in the water with the belt consists of removing a cork board. The remaining board is usually placed in a horizontal position to avoid being bitten. With this added difficulty, the same games and activities are performed. Finally, this board is also removed and then we move on to the whole belt without boards, which costs a little more. In this stage of learning in water, babies already have autonomy and show good balance.

4. Belt of cork boards. From the whole belt, the baby moves to a belt of several cork boards, which is placed around the waist. At the beginning, normally, three corks are placed on the back and two on the front, and as the baby progresses and increases the dexterity of the baby, we remove small boards. The baby can keep three fixed on the belt and, as an alternative, we can introduce corks inside the swimsuit, which can add up to five, distributing and balancing. This depends a bit on the children, as there are some who have better balance and others who go backwards, so more material must be put in front. If the baby goes forward, to correct posture, we will put the material behind.

5. Corks in the swimsuit. The last and easiest step is to place the corks inside the swimsuit, to take them off little by little and one by one, as the baby progresses in his learning. While the baby is using all these materials, his posture in the water is upright. It is only from the moment they carry two or three small boards that the child begins to go more horizontally and begins to acquire the horizontal swimming posture that helps us move in the water.

Marisol New

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