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Midwifery. Benefits and recommendations

Midwifery. Benefits and recommendations


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For some years now, the cliché that it was not advisable to take children to swimming lessons until they were four years old has disappeared. Now babies learn to move in water even before they know how to crawl or walk thanks to midwifery, a form of aquatic stimulation with very positive benefits for the baby's development. Before enrolling your baby in midwifery classes, it is essential that you consult with your pediatrician to verify that the little one can go to the pool.

In addition to relaxing babies - favoring their appetite, they sleep better and they are in a good mood - midwifery classes have many more advantages, both physically and socially and emotionally:

- Promotes psychomotor development. Although he still does not walk or crawl, the baby moves freely in the water and begins to have notions of space and distances.

- Helps the development of your locomotor system, improving muscle performance and promoting mobility and speed.

- Strengthens the respiratory system. Water demands a greater respiratory effort, so the baby will strengthen his lungs during classes.

- Stimulates baby's ability to observe and play, which will have a positive impact on other future learning and will encourage their creativity.

- Increases and favors the bond between father and / or mother and the baby. The baby will share with his parents a fun and enriching experience, an adventure that will make him bond with them much more emotionally. In addition, a bond of trust will be created between them because the child needs their parents to be able to stay in the water safely.

- Helps to learn to share and carry out activities with other people, increasing your confidence when communicating and socializing.

The baby will need time to acclimate to the water. You can help him during his daily bath by letting him have fun with submersible toys -then you can take them to the pool so that he associates the toy with water and fun- and by wetting his face so that when you start classes and he splashes he already knows that feeling. When you arrive at the pool on the first day, take the baby in your arms, hold him to your chest and speak to him in a reassuring tone, explaining that he should not be afraid because he is with his mother and / or father. Walk while with him through the water and little by little you get wet. This will help you gain confidence, feel comfortable in the water, and have fun while learning to float and navigate the aquatic environment.

The baby is going to discover a world to which he is not used. The pool is something totally new for him, and the most important thing is that from the first moment he feels comfortable in the water, avoiding the scares that may create a phobia. It is important that the pool has a temperature of approximately 32 degrees - to prevent the baby from getting cold in the water - and that the chlorine level is between 0.5 and 0.6 percent - excess chlorine can cause asthma and damage small lungs -.

In addition, the area where you are going to change your baby's clothes must be equally heated and it is recommended that it is not too far from the pool to prevent the baby from getting cold on the way.

Read the first part of the article: Matronatation. Mother and baby swim together

Angela del Caz

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