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What should parents know about baby swimming?


Does this world really need one more blog, vlog, e-book or podcast about baby swimming? Does anyone really want to listen to your story? As long as we are telling stories from our heart, honestly, and as long as at least one person listens or reads it, it’s worth it! Why? Because no one can tell the story my way, no one fights my battles in life, lessons and authenticity, even across the ocean. That’s why I’m presenting you my story, the Manual: “What should parents know about baby swimming?

WHAT the Manual on baby swimming IS?

THE ONLY online manual about baby swimming (english and serbian language) which at one place, through personal examples of a dad and a professional in the world of swimming, you will get the answers to the parents’ doubts, fears about baby swimming.


You can order - HERE!


Designed for parents, pregnant women, future mums, dads, who wants to their kids to be safe and relax in water, in time when baby swimming is not fashionableness, but the most important life skill!

WHY the Manual on Baby Swimming?

Swimming is not only a fun activity for summer months, but an important life skill every child should master – starting from a very early age. That is why none of the possible fears or excuses is big enough to prevent you having a unique experience and joy with your baby in the water, which usually takes about two and a half years and can never be repeated or corrected.


What can you EXPECT from the Manual on Baby Swimming?

This Manual is not the one where you will find professional language or definitions from the water sports, but the one where, at one place, through personal examples of a dad and a professional with two decades of experience in the world of swimming, you will get the answers to the parents’ doubts, fears about baby swimming, and general information about swimming at a very early age.


Apart from my personal experience, these pages (on more then 100 pages) illustrate the stories of other parents and their babies and their first experience with the water and baby swim lessons in the “Baby swim club”.

WHAT the Manual on baby swimming is NOT?

The Manual “What should parents know about baby swimming? is not a “book from your school reading list” to be read once, memorized and put into practice. The idea of the manual is to be there for you whenever something crosses your mind and you want to learn more about baby swimming, so you can always go back to it and find exactly the thing you need in these pages.

For WHOM is the Manual on baby swimming?

The Manual “What should parents know about baby swimming?” is for parents, pregnant women, future mums, dads, whole family, who wants to their kids to be safe and relax in water in time when baby swimming is not fashionableness, but the most important life skill!

Yes, yes… It’s exactly for you:


· Pregnant women,

· But also future dads

· Parents with babies who wants to go to baby swimming

· Parents who goes first time with their babies to the sea

· Parents whose child supposed to experience first contact with the water

· Parents who wants to enroll their children in swimming school – pre-swimming school

· Parents whose children are afraid of the water

· Parents of children with disabilities

· But also aunts, uncles, grandmothers, grandfathers,… who can read it or give it to someone.

Is this the Manual for PREGNANT WOMEN?

Yes, yes, for you as well.

When I started with baby swim lessons, I couldn’t even imagine having two pregnant women with their babies in the pool. It was a double challenge for me.


Special attention is given to you - swimming and prenatal experience from my point of view!, (in my work with pregnant women in water) Why? Because, light swimming prepares the body and mind for a new life chapter – parenthood!

WHY is it important to SWIM with your BABY?

My kids have been in the water since the age of four months. Of course, that does not imply everyday trainings… they were relaxed and enjoyed the water.


Children who take up swimming as babies have a stronger immune system, better muscle tone, they sleep better, and their motor skills are significantly more developed. But what is more important, we need to teach them how to feel safe in the water at a very early age and make them feel comfortable in the water, and of course, teach them how to prevent drowning.

The Manual about baby swimming can HELP you also if:

· You are in two minds: Whether to enrol you kid in a swim course?

· You are just wondering: Why do I need such a thing in my life!?

· You are insecure: Is baby swimming safe enough for my baby?

· You are asking yourselves: How will I manage a baby in the water if I hardly manage him/her on the dry?

· You are not confident: Are the pool and the water quality good enough for my baby?

· You are wondering: How often should I swim with my baby?

· You have second thoughts: What is a trustworthy swim instructor supposed to look like?

· You don’t know: When exactly should I start with baby lessons? Should I stop in winter or should I go on with my aquatic adventure round the year…

· You have never heard anything about baby swimming, and if you have, it was just a couple of general things…

INSPIRATION for the Manual on baby swimming was...?

Inspiration for manual was everywhere...

One the one hand, as I was still working as a general secretary of the Swimming Association of Serbia and was in the world of top swimming on daily basis, I tended to pay more attention to the foundation of swimming, the youngest children, where the swimmers are made. I wanted to understand their challenges and fears, faced both by swimmers and non-swimmers.


On the other hand, it was devastating for me to read in the newspapers or see on TV that someone’s child drowned. Being a swimmer or not!


Third, once I got the honourable “dad” title, I wanted to give swimming, and baby swimming a “touch of warmth and colour”, as I believe we all learn as we live. I wanted to share my experience!

This is what motivated me even more to start working on education of parents and those who spend time with children, not only next to the pool, but outside the pool as well. And to work on the prevention of youngest children, starting with baby swimming.

They gave a CRITICAL review of the Manual…?

About the unique manual, on baby swimming, recommendation, they gave their expert opinion from the point of view of swimming, parents, psychologists, children's development and education:

· Nađa Higl, the first woman of Serbian swimming who has become the world’s number one, a European record breaker, today is a mother of two boys www.skolaplivanjanadjehigl.com

· Jasmina Mihnjak, psychologist Editor of the parenthood portal www.bebac.com

· Professor Dr Zlatko Ahmetović, Founder of TIMS, a full-time university professor, Emeritus www.tims.edu.rs

Recommendations

  • “These pages contain quality and applicable tips and are the real gems for us parents because they make us go easily through everyday dilemmas about situations we come across with our children. As a parent, a coach, a former swimmer and a mother of two boys I’m overwhelmed with the accuracy and clarity this manual has. Nađa Higl, the first woman of Serbian swimming who has become the world’s number one, a European record breaker.


  • This book will illustrate all the benefits swimming has both for you and your baby, and I’m quite sure that once you read it you will go splashing with your baby in the water. These are lessons for all parents…Don’t take my word for it, see it yourself!“ Jasmina Mihnjak, psychologist Editor of the parenthood portal www.bebac.com


  • This text is recommended with pleasure, both for reading and reflecting… Also encourages the parents specifically to ensure the benefits both they and their babies can have from water.” Professor Dr Zlatko Ahmetović, Founder of TIMS, a full-time university professor, Emeritus www.tims.edu.rs


Experience of “my” babies and their parents about baby swimming!

  • Baby swimming – a mixture of energy, calmness, and experience in the water, Melanie Čalija Kovačević, mother of Stefan, Simona and Sergej

  • We made the right step, Goran Šebez, Filip’s dad

  • We overcame the hypertonicity of the shoulder belt, Marijana Terzin Stojčić, mum of Dimitrije Stojčić

  • Enjoying the water is priceless, Andrijana Erić“, Uroš’s mama

  • Baby swimming makes you smile and sleep tight, Vesna Ranđelović, mum of a boy whose name is Filip

  • Our babies were quite special after baby swimming!, Leana Petrović-Vučković, mum of Anđela and Trifun

  • I had prejudice, but the water has taken it away…“, Jovana Marković, mum of Jakov, Danilo and Žuna

WHO makes the TEAM Manual on baby swimming?

All the material was prepared by my family, who has been together in the water since the fourth month.


I believe that using the Swimming Dad concept www.swimmingdad.com and the Manual “What should parents know about baby swimming? , I can motivate you to start swimming, feel safe in the water and enjoy it, the way my family does! I find it crucial that even at the micro level, I succeed in raising the awareness of parents, children and their friends about how swimming is such an important life skill.