I researched online and came across babyswimming and was raring for Aaliyah to try it. She loves water and she loves it so much when I give her a bath every morning. Her favourite position is the face down position where I get to massage her back with soap. She didn't even cry when i wash her face with water. It's one of my favourite things to do with her. Bath time! So evolving from how she loves water, we brought her swimming! Her first lesson went really well. The service was quite good too. Let's endearingly call the person who helped us "auntie".
First, auntie helped to undress Aaliyah and changed her to her swimming diapers. She then massaged Aaliyah for abt 5 minutes and Aaliyah really loves it. I can tell from her facial expressions. She even aaaahs and cooos and gurgles.
See how relaxed Aaliyah is now? She's all ready to face the tub. She's so gonna scold me for this embarrassing pic when she gets older..
Next, auntie slowly and carefully placed the float around her neck. This was a little bit uncomfortable for her but her cries only lasted a few seconds. She got used to it. Auntie then held her and slowly immersed her into the tub of warm water filled with balls and toys. So fun! She threw a confused face at first. Ooooohh... what is this warm squishy feeling?
Auntie helping her to gain her confidence in the water. Slowly she lets her go....
Hey hey hey, this is FUN! She's smiling!
For a first-timer, she knows how to hold the handle of the floatation device around her neck. Just look at the picture below! Auntie said that she is clever. "Survival skills" or what. haha!
Auntie and Mummy giving Aaliyah lots of encouragement.
Slowly and steadily letting her go.
On her own!!! Splish Splash, Splish Splash! Enhancing her gross motor skills.. "Mummy!! Where's my legs?!?!" expression on her face. kekeke!
Aaliyah having fun with Mummy and Daddy!
OK that is it for today. 15 minutes of swimming and Aaliyah is tired and thirsty. Milk time! Gulp Gulp Gulp! Mummy and Daddy managed to do some shopping that day. The whole day in fact, with Aaliyah asleep peacefully in the carrier, too tired to bother. Hehe!
Daddy was so happy to see Aaliyah so happy that he bought her a swimming package as a gift to hone her skills. Here's to weekly swimming sessions, Baby Aaliyah!