A baby or toddler who is comfortable with water on her face has an additional tool to use to self-rescue when she inevitably loses her footing while playing in shallow water.
Hey guys, this post is the second in a series I'm writing called Infant Bathing Techniques to provide a little guidance in the world of infant bath times. As a new parent, I remember feeling a tad lost about the whole bath time gig with my newborn baby. I felt like a lot of who … Continue reading Infant Bathing Techniques, Part 2: Newborn Bath Safety
I didn't know what to call this post, so I compromised. 🙂 This series is mainly aimed at new parents who are starting newborn bathing rituals. If you're reading this and your baby fusses about getting wet, and she or he is older than 6 months, I'd love to hear from you and help. Keep reading, … Continue reading Bathing (st)Ages, Part 1: A Few Days Old
This weekend, Molly and I visited the Seattle Boat Show. Boat Dad Trevor will be there both weekends with his sponsor, Centurion, which translates to, "Trevor is loving life, sitting in boats with friends who love boats, sharing all he knows and loves about boats with other boat lovers." I say this with adoration for him and I'm serious; … Continue reading Thinking Like a Boat Mom: Rules
I’m pretty pumped about the American Red Cross’s “Swim” app. It’s available to download for FREE on the App Store, and provides parents with a checklist for tracking swimming progress starting at the preschool level. (I can happily report I’ve already geeked out... I set up a profile for Molly and checked off “blowing bubbles.” … Continue reading The Swim App by American Red Cross
I’d like to begin with this piece of advice: prep everything ahead of time. It’s a tip I learned from my mentor Cheryl that 1.) I wish I’d learned earlier in LIFE, and 2.) has helped me in the classroom and in my transition to motherhood. After you’ve gathered all your supplies (see my list … Continue reading Getting Started with Your Newborn
To get to where we are today, I approached Molly’s experiences with the water wearing a few hats, so to speak; my parent hat, my teacher hat, and my swimmer hat. This worked for us: modeling to her; helping her do things with us; letting her explore by herself. It’s based on a teaching model … Continue reading Me & My Baby in the Water