My parents always tell us not to play with water since we were kids. In fact, research shows that drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths, and 1000 children died from drowning everyday across ASIA. As parents of two girls, I am concern on their safety when it comes to swimming. I let them swim because it is good exercise but I will monitor them whenever they are in the pool
Do you know the water running sound is very attractive to babies? This was what Bryan Yap told us during the CHEEKAABOO Workshop - Swimming Babies and Safety workshop happened at The Parenthood Sunway Pyramid West last Saturday, 18th Mar 2017. Bryan Yap is a Swim Educator with 23 years teaching experience for young children and educating young parents on kids' safety swimming. We were lucky to attend this workshop and learnt a lot from Bryan for free.
It’s important to get our baby used to water early in their life, as early as new born. Of course we are not talking about bring new born to swim but to build their confident in water. Such as telling baby ‘baby name, ready, here we go’ and pour the water on his head. After that, reward the baby with praise to form their confident to water.
From 6 months onwards, its time to send our kids to a swimming school. Parents have to check if the swim school is licensed and the swimming instructors are certified trainer. Its better to choose on ground swimming pool as it is warmer than the sky pool.