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Bubs top swimming class de­mand Tummy time helps ba­bies to meet mile­stones

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LEARN to swim classes ba­bies are prov­ing a hit Townsville par­ents.

A grow­ing num­ber of par­ents are sign­ing up their ba­bies for wa­ter safety tu­ition.

The Love2Swim School at the Kir­wan Aquatic Cen­tre is ex­pand­ing its pop­u­lar ba­bies’ pro­gram.

“We are ex­pand­ing our swim school from Kir­wan Aquatic Cen­tre and are open­ing a sec­ond swim school on Al­lam­bie Lane in Ras­mussen to cater for grow­ing de­mand,’’ Love2Swim School owner Kristie Love- Pel­letier said. for for TUMMY

time is im­por­tant for ba­bies. It im­proves the strength of their head, neck and up­per body mus­cles.

“Our ba­bies’ swim classes are booked full at the Kir­wan cen­tre so open­ing a sec­ond school now is per­fect tim­ing.

Mrs Love- Pel­letier said Love2Swim School classes for ba­bies were the most pop­u­lar of­fered at the swim school.

“Par­ents ac­knowl­edge how im­por­tant it is that their baby is fa­mil­iar around and in the wa­ter,” she said. “Our baby swim classes start at three months, and it’s re­ally great to get them started right away be­cause there’s less fear, so it’s a lot eas­ier that they’re com­fort­able in the wa­ter.

This will make them ready for their fu­ture mile­stones.

Ba­bies of­ten get a flat spot on the back of the head by ly­ing on their back for a long time.

Tummy time helps to

“They start build­ing their breath con­trol and skills like kick­ing and back floats.

“There is a safety turn in that class where if they were to fall in the wa­ter, they know how to turn around back and grab the wall.”

Mrs Love- Pel­letier said the swim school en­cour­aged its baby and tod­dler swim stu­dents to be in­de­pen­dent at swimming.

“We want all our tod­dlers to be able to en­ter the wa­ter and re­turn to the edge and get out safely,’’ she said. “Skills that are taught are sub­mer- pre­vent this flat spot and im­proves the shape of the head.

Some ba­bies do not like tummy time. Tummy time usu­ally does not cause any pain. sion, bal­ance, in­de­pen­dence, turn­ing, float­ing ( front and back) and wa­ter safety flip and roll skills. Our meth­ods have been re­searched and proven to work.”

The Love2Swim School’s new Al­lam­bie Lane cen­tre will also host a free open day be­tween 10am and 2pm on July 26. Ac­tiv­i­ties at the open day will in­clude baby swim class demon­stra­tions, ac­tiv­i­ties, sausage siz­zle, face paint­ing, jump­ing castle and free swimming assess­ments.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit love2swim­school. com. au

Small vom­its or pos­sets are com­mon, when the ba­bies are on their tummy. This is mainly due to im­ma­tu­rity of the lower end of the oe­soph­a­gus ( food pipe).

If the baby does not like to lie on the tummy, you can start with short pe­ri­ods like one to two min­utes, two to three times a day and grad­u­ally in­crease. If your baby does not like the floor you can try on your lap or legs and give them a gen­tle rock, or rub their back.

You can also use a roll of HAVE you ever heard the term “ex­treme baby name pho­bia”. Well you’re not alone. Nei­ther had I … un­til a friend ex­plained her baby nam­ing predica­ment.

Af­ter nam­ing two ba­bies in the past four years, my friend claims she and her hus­band have “run out” of names that they both love.

My friend tells me she has ob­ses­sively searched lists and baby nam­ing books and blogs but has come up with not one name they can agree on.

Ap­par­ently this cou­ple even closely watches the cred­its of movies to see if any cre­ative movie- mak­ing types have a name that would suit their baby, due in un­der four weeks.

At first I could only gig­gle at my friend’s baby nam­ing dilemma, con­ve­niently for­get­ting my own baby nam­ing quandary with my sec­ond and third chil­dren.

You see, my hus­band and I had no trou­ble nam­ing our first child. We knew if it was a girl she would be Gemma and if it was a boy Willem.

Those names


cho­sen CROWN & An­drews presents this su­per cool new kids game, Jump­ing Jack.

The bunny has planted a car­rot gar­den around his hill. The only way to get him to jump off the hill is to pick the right car­rot.

The youngest player starts by towel un­der the chest to sup­port them. You can also dis­tract them by get­ting down on the floor next to them and play­ing with toys or books.

Put a non- break­able mir­ror next to your baby so he or she can see the re­flec­tion.

You can also dis­tract them by talk­ing, singing, stroking or tick­ling their hands.

There is plenty of in­for­ma­tion avail­able from Rais­ing Chil­dren and Sids and Kids web pages in­clud­ing: http:// rais­ing chil­dren. net. au/ when we were in our sixth month of dat­ing and nearly four years be­fore we be­came par­ents.

So when we were blessed with our sec­ond baby girl 12 months and two weeks af­ter our first baby girl, we were as lost for a name as our friends are now.

Agree­ing on Sophia as our sec­ond born child’s name was a painstak­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

We agreed on her name three days be­fore she was born.

Nam­ing our third would have been a pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence if we’d known our baby’s gen­der prior to the birth.

The dis­cus­sions over what to call our third child if we were to be blessed with a third daugh­ter be­came in­creas­ingly heated within a week of the birth date.

We sim­ply couldn’t agree on a flick­ing the spin­ner to see how many car­rots to pull from Jack’s bunny hill.

Play con­tin­ues un­til pulling out the car­rot that makes Jack jump. Catch him to win!

Suit­able for ages 4 and up with 2- 4 play­ers. Jump­ing Jack is ar­ti­cles/ pip_ tum­my_ time. html

http:// ww. sid­sand­kids. org/ wp- con­tent/ up­loads/ SIDS042L- Safe- Sleep­ing- Tummy- Time6pp- DL- Roll­fold- Sin­gle- PagesLR1. pdf The Townsville Hos­pi­tal Pae­di­atric Team is: Doc­tors Siva Si­vayo­ganathan, Mar­got Bosan­quet, An­drew White, Vana Sabesan and Anne Miller. Email ques­tions to aboutababy@ townsvillebulletin. com. au or text 0416 905 534. gi th ch G







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BUILD­ING CON­FI­DENCE: Swim teacher Kristie Love- Pel­letier with young marine L- plater Rurick Sch­mor.

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