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A Baby's "Diving" Reflex - Do all Babies have it/Anyone tested it?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Gimpymoo, 25 May 2006.

  1. Gimpymoo

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    A Baby's "Diving" Reflex - Do all Babies have it/Anyone tested it? UPDATED

    Have started taking our 10 week old to swimming classes and have been advised by a qualified professional to start "Dunking" our baby underwater so they get used to the effect :eek:

    Im aware of the "Diving Reflex" which most babies are supposed to have which prevents them swallowing water but has any parent tried this with their newborn, im petrified to do it.
     
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  2. dun

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    I think they all do to be honest but :o wouldn't fancy doing it myself. Cant you just let him/ her splash on the surface? :p
     
  3. Mellownatts

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    Not sure about swimming but in the bath my GF did the same thing to get the kids used to water and they absolutely love the bath now and swimming, the sea etc..


    Edit: I wasnt a little uncomfortable with it too but seemed to help, i think. :p
     
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  4. Bobster

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    I have been taking my little girl swimming pretty much every week from when she was very ikkle to now (8month or so)

    I was told of this diving reflex but i didn't really want to try it to be honest.

    Sorry for the useless post but, i was scared to try :o
     
  5. loopylou

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    I've deen a program about it, was quite amazing, still don't think I would try it incase my baby was broke and swallowed a load of water.
     
  6. Le_Petit_Lapin

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    Just chuck it in. It'll soon learn.

    Gotta love evolution.
     
  7. Shador

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    don't do it!!! lol

    One of my earliest memories is of my mum taking me swimming in one of those parent and child classes and the worst bit of the class for me used to be when everyone was forced to go under water...parents and kids - used to hate it!

    Although I like to think I'm a very good diver and swimmer now :) so maybe it does work...
     
  8. Yas786

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    Hmmm my bro did it with my niece and my nephew when they were young, said they came out ok and without any ill effects. But tbh id be scared myself of dunking my little 'un in a pool :\
     
  9. fatiain

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    Deep end tbh.

    Going to take the new one swimming next week I think, I'll report back.
     
  10. cheets64

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    They have just spent 9 months in water.

    I must be true, the baby on the cover of the Nirvana album, got its eyes open and its swimming.
     
  11. fatiain

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  12. geeza

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    i learned to swim properly in the sea. I was 5 and all my older cousins were swimming away, apparently i just didnt want to be left out so tried to keep up.

    Yeh i never got why parent would 'dunk' their kids underwater. maybe i was, im not sure. If you throw a new born into the deep end i think it would have natural instinct to stay alive and so swim, not that id do it with my kid (when i have one)
     
  13. Ransom

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    not sure if i could bring myself to "dunk" our 3month old baby

    altho i hope he loves the water as i do.
     
  14. WantoN

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    I believe there are classes for you and your baby for this sort of thing, I'd be happy to do so under the direction of a qualified professional, I doubt very much I'd have the stones to try it on my own though.

    Ant :cool:
     
  15. MookJong

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    Parent and child

    Top board

    Double back with pike

    Sorted
     
  16. Gimpymoo

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    ROFLMAO

    Will post back after trying the above.
     
  17. qwerty

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    One of my (female) friends told me babies have an instinctive reaction to having their mouths filled with sand. They throw up.
     
  18. pyro

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    HAHA!

    I remember, when I was around 3, my father took me with a small raft out in the sea, it was pretty deep and he just pushed me in the water :eek: Next thing I knew I was panicking, he told me to swim or I'll drown, so I started swimming :D

    Anyway, gimpy junior has been swimming for 9 months, I don't see why he can't do it now! :D
     
  19. Gimpymoo

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    Just got back from swimming.

    Did the "Dunk".

    Baby didn't seem bothered to be honest.

    Me and the wife pooped ourselves though - Not for the feinthearted.
     
  20. S@njay

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    Dont anyone rember tomorrows world?

    The opening sceen was of the baby swimming underwater.