Turning Dominic into a Duckling - January
Follow the monthly updates of Dominic’s progress in learning to swim, this time including a dip in a hot tub and adventures with a floating frog!
We are continuing with the effort (mainly on my part!) to get him to lie on his back. Lying completely out of the water on the frog-shaped float was the only way he would tolerate it without screaming. Looking for all the world as if he is relaxing in a tropical paradise - arms behind his head and legs crossed he deigns to allow me to swoosh him around. 'In The Night Garden' characters are the current favourite and he delights in waving to an invisible Upsy-Daisy on the pool roof. I wonder if he will remember this in years to come and tell me off for blatant fibbing.
'In The Night Garden' characters are the current favourite and he delights in waving to an invisible Upsy-Daisy on the pool roof. I wonder if he will remember this in years to come and tell me off for blatant fibbing.
The frog floats have been something of a success all round, as well as lying on them he will happily kick his way independently around the pool on his front whilst holding on to the frogs legs.
At the end of the lesson we search for ‘treasure’ in the shallow end. This being weighted batons and assorted creatures that sink to the bottom. Up till now Dominic has refused to put his face in the water but now is keen to collect as many as possible. Only down side, he wants to take them home! We have to make throwing them back in a game once the lesson is over. This parenting stuff definitely teaches you negotiation skills on a regular basis!
Our other aquatic excursion this time round has been a hot tub initiation at a relatives. With his elder brother refusing to dip even a toe in, little aqua-tot Dominic was the opposite and happily splashed about, delighting in the warm bubbles going up his nose. He is definitely a Daddy’s boy at the minute and enjoyed copying him relaxing and sipping a cool drink (squash not beer!) Although we only allowed him in the spa for a short time he has not stopped talking about it since… another expensive home improvement idea that I will swiftly veto!
Swimming lessons are a hot topic for mums at playgroup at the minute. I have been passing on the ASA’s advice on a variety of topics – is it safe when your child has eczema, or a cold, when is the right time to start lessons for young babies. (Lots of info on the website here.) Some mums that I know are wondering about when their toddler should start going in on their own (usually around age three). Should you stick to your instincts about the right time, or just move them up to the next stage when the teacher says so? I would say it’s a bit of both, but ultimately you know your own child best of all. Dominic will hopefully be at this stage by the end of the summer. I look forward to charting our progression from now till then!