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Many parents worry that their children do not know how to defend themselves in the water, which can endanger their lives, so one of the lessons that children should do is Learn to swim.
Cruz Lobo Sanz, Infant Aquatic Education and Activity monitor at the Baby Swim pool in Madrid, explains how babies over a year old can become familiar with water and develop dexterity in the aquatic environment.
Swimming is an activity that stimulates the entire locomotor system through psychomotor exercises and is good for them to be more alert in all senses.
Babies who have contact with water "will begin to crawl, walk, move, even communicate with other children, because we usually work in groups with more than one child," explains Cruz Lobo. They look more willing and more awake. In the aquatic initiation they learn not only to float, but also to play in the water, to move their legs and to strengthen the dorsal.
It is beneficial for the respiratory system and the heart. It is, in short, a very complete activity, especially for babies who are beginning to discover the outside world.
In addition to all these physical and healthy benefits, the aquatic environment helps to establish the emotional bond between parents and children. "It is a very relaxing activity for parents also because when they are with their babies they disconnect, the mobile does not ring and they are with their baby," says Cruz Lobo. They are happy to see their baby happy and calm in the water, and a very important and special bond is created.
After 15 months, although it also depends on how soon the child begins to become familiar with the water, their learning is a little faster, because they already know how to walk and this makes them move better.
It begins to work with babies helped with material, that is, with different materials in an upright position, moving the legs in the doggy style and the little arms. "And as we remove flotation material and put it on the swimsuit, the child acquires another increasingly horizontal posture, the posture that he will acquire when he grows up," says Cruz Lobo.
With two years, babies still will not swim as an adult, we have to be aware that the child undergoes a psychomotor development process that we cannot skip.
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