Babies really enjoy being in the water. Swimming is the most complete sport and the first one that can be started, even before babies learn to walk or crawl. Until a few years ago, doctors and experts did not recommend taking children to swimming lessons until they were four years old, but in recent years a highly recommended type of swimming for babies has emerged: midwifery.
The midwifery is not classes for babies to learn to swim, among other things, because it is not until approximately four years of age that the locomotor system is sufficiently developed to swim. Midwifery is an activity that seeks the aquatic stimulation of the baby through a series of games that allow him to learn to float and move through the water with the help of his parents.
In this method, the role of the father or mother in the water is fundamental. Through technical guidance from the teacher in charge of the activity, parents participate in their baby's aquatic adventure. In addition, this contact will reinforce the initial bond between parents and babies, living an original, unique and unrepeatable experience.
The age for babies to start midwifery classes is not clearly defined. What the experts recommend is that you wait until the baby is four months old, since it is at that age when the immune system of the little ones finishes maturing, and the risk of suffering from otitis or colds is lower.
The Committee on Sports Medicine and Training of the American Academy of Pediatrics objected for many years to children under 4 years of age taking swimming lessons, on the grounds that considered that the risks of midwifery, - such as the chilling of the child, the possibility of water intoxication and infections -, and the false sense of security that could be produced in some parents by the fact that their children would be able to swim and self-care in the water were frankly harmful to health of the child. But since 2000 that position has changed dramatically: the Committee declared that risks can be avoided through precautions and security measures.
Each midwifery class varies by school. They usually last between 30 and 45 minutes, depending on the baby's stamina and reflexes. In addition to the help of parents and monitors, teaching materials such as balls or boards appropriate to the age of the babies are used.
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