Babies swimming underwater

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It is natural for them to hold their breaths underwater, and it's great exercise for them too

Yes! You read that right. Many parents don't realise what natural swimmers their babies are, until about 6 months, babies placed in water tummy-side down will move their arms and legs in a swimming motion.

When the swimming reflex and the dive reflex are both engaged, a baby can then turn on their innate swimming ability. These reflexes don't mean the baby can swim unmonitored as they can still drown, so supervision is always required.

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Written by

Claudia Chia