Jumping from the wall

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Jumping from the wall

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One mom has once mentioned that she's concerned with forward jumps from the wall in a sitting position because she taugnt her daughter not to jump this way from the sofa at home, but to go down to the floor with her face towards the sofa. Her concern was that after doing jumps in the pool her little one would do the same at home. Sounds reasonable to me... Has anyone had any experience with this safety issue?
Katia
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Sat, Jan 19 2008 2:53 PM In reply to
jo.montgomery

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Hi Katia,

I'm sure everyone has a way of doing this but I would imagine we all teach safe entries into the pool.

I think children are better at sorting these things out than we give them credit for. The jumping-in is entirely context specific. There isn't water at the bottom of the sofa! I would have thought that teaching a safe initial entry into the pool (with a swivel entry at shallow end if your pool allows this) is a sensible and standard procedure. Jumping in with a parent present is an entirely different thing and shouldn't have any impact on learning to safely come down from the sofa or down the stairs, or even for them to learn that when they first get into the pool they do it safely. When bigger they probably will jump off the sofa though, or trampoline, or tree, or wall, or...anything they can! They are children and its fun!

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Jo (Cambridge)

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Sat, Jan 19 2008 3:15 PM In reply to
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Hi Jo,

My concern is related to what my parents told me about my own childhood. They found it entertaing for me and themselves to practise the following. The put me on the table or a chair (not sure), in a standing position and I jumped off the surface into their arms. This was surely fun before I did this from a different surface when they were around but weren't watching and definitely weren't expecting me to do it. I was really lucky that my dad caught me, by chance!

What I'm trying to say is that if a baby can jump off the wall into the pool before he/she understands some pool entry rules (and we do jumps before babies are able to understand rules), surely he/she can do this when mom isn't watching (not a good idea, I know). The chances that mom is not watching in the pool are low. However, an intention to jump when mom is not ready, is still possible. In the case of the sofa, the person I wrote about managed to teach her daughter not to jump from the sofa, despite her young age (12 months+). I think this was not related to her ability to understand the rules, but she just realised there was a different way to go down, one which was more fun. The mother's concern was that her daughter would find this confusing that she's allowed to do something in the pool, but not at home and may one day mix the two situations and jump off the sofa when mom wouldn't be ready for it.

Katia
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Sun, Jan 20 2008 5:39 AM In reply to
jo.montgomery

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As Parents we are always concerned about our children's safety and can only put into place sensible practices to help protect them. My firstborn learnt to crawl backwards down the stairs from 9 months, but my youngest refused this method and shuffled down sitting on her bottom. It was slightly scary but I had to trust her to know her own limitations. I understand yours and your Mum's concerns but it sounds like her daughter hasn't even tried to jump off the sofa yet? If she's 12 months+ she is surely old enough to understand that she must enter a pool safely and only with a parent present? We begin to teach safe entry practices with the very first visit.

I think you are doing amazing work over there and I think its great that Birthlight is spreading across the world. I think you will probably come across more questioning and concerns from Parents than perhaps we do in the UK where these methods of baby swimming are perhaps more widespread and that means you have an additional role in reassuring parents that their children will be safe. Keep up the good work!

Jo.

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Sun, Jan 20 2008 5:56 AM In reply to
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I think there is a lot to be said for the fact that children learn by their own mistakes. I wholeheartedly approve of jumping because it is fun and children learn a lot from it. Jumping from all sorts of surfaces is OK and children need to learn their own limitations. Jumping off a kerb is a lot easier than jumping off a wall. You can step off a kerb but you can't step off a high wall without a problem. Different methods of jumping apply to different situations. You can run in a garden but it is not OK to run on a road etc etc Painting on paper is good, painting on furniture is not so good. Eating food is good, eating your siblings is not. We breathe in air but we don't breathe in water.

I think the main thing here is that children are given 'permission' to jump, by a cue word or similar. This being the case the parent or carer is always ready for it. Children by their nature need to test things out for themselves though so parents should always be aware and watching because children will always do things they are not supposed to wherever they are.

I have had parents express concern but when I have explained some of the situations above they have always thought about it differently.

HTH

Maria

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Sun, Jan 20 2008 6:13 AM In reply to
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Yes, I would go with what Jo and Maria have stated. Whilst we need children to understand safety, we must offset this with their need to be 'risk takers' as it is through being a little more 'daring' with life that we develop both physically and mentally.

In the pool Mum or teacher should never be more than arms length away. Yes, at home the situation may be different but who can honestly say that their child has not taken some kind of tumble due to 'experimentation' when Mum or Dad has not been observing? It is all part of growing up.

In my baby lessons if a child insists on sliding in on their tummy from the side or from a float because it is how they come off a sofa or downstairs at home we applaud them for their initiative. When they are feeling a little more steady in an upright position they love to walk across big floating mats and jump in. They all get there in their own time with encouragement, praise and respect for their own particular limitations.

Belated Happy New Year everyone.

Phil

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