Sunday, 1 April 2012

The Next Olympian

Alright, I supposed it's indulging in a motherhood fantasy just a teensy bit to imagine Josh winning a gold medal in the 400m freestyle at the 2032 Olympics. It was only his first swimming lesson after all. But maybe that's the prerogative of a new mum? :)

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We are very fortunate to live fairly near to Calm A Baby, a fantastic facility which includes a lovely warm pool where they do swimming sessions for young children, including newborns. Their instructors show you how to help your baby float in different positions to get them used to moving through the water. They also teach you to read your baby's body language and understand their natural reflexes in the water.

Yesterday, my husband and I took Josh to his first class and I have literally been smiling ever since. Throughout the 30 minute class, Josh was as calm as I've ever seen him and then even through changing and driving home we barely had a whimper, he was like a different baby. Even the fussiness we've been having in the evenings with him was improved yesterday.

Along with working towards teaching them to swim a bit later on, the swimming helps relax and massage the babies, it tires them out and improves muscle tone - it's supposed to be an effective remedy for colic too. For us, it was the first time we've really been able to engage in an activity with our son and it felt great to see him enjoying himself as well as locking eyes with us for reassurance. Can't wait for next week!

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