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Bubs top swimming class demand Tummy time helps babies to meet milestones
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.
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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.
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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.
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BUILDING CONFIDENCE: Swim teacher Kristie Love- Pelletier with young marine L- plater Rurick Schmor.