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Some babies (6-15 months) just won't float on their backs. Why is that? They get all tensed up with unhappy looks on their faces and nothing seems to work - songs cheek to cheek, mirrors or lying on mom's tummy while she's floating herself. They just seem to dislike the position itself. In fact, this doesn't seem to pass for months...

Any tips? Or do you think we shouldn't keep trying all the time? Is it really an essential skill or can they learn it later? Or does it only work with very started very early in life?

I find this video very inspiring: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEDUrEh7hSU

Katia
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Wed, Jan 9 2008 2:24 PM In reply to
Sue

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Hi Katia,

Once the righting reflex has kicked in at about 5 months a lot of babies don't want to lie on their backs( hey mum I'm a big girl I want to sit up!) I think it is important to keep reminding them about back swimming, we use variety of ideas to encourage them. "Rock a bye baby" where you have one hand under the bottom and the other behind the shoulder and swing them from sitting down to lying on their back and then up again in a smooth rhythmical action, "backwards and forwards" with one hand on front and one on back like a sandwich taking them onto their fronts and them onto backs. As they start accepting the back part of the movement extend it until you can whizz them round in a circle on their back and then quickly back onto their fronts (before they realise what they are doing) We find that older babies respond better to strong positive movements done quite quickly. There are always a few children who really don't like being on ther backs. I don't think you achieve anything by forcing these children and upsetting them, I think it just tends to make them resistant.

I see you are in Russia but in your beautiful photo it looks as if you are wearing a Maori costume, are you a Russian Kiwi?

love Sue

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Wed, Jan 9 2008 2:41 PM In reply to
Katia

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Hi Sue, thank you for advice. The sandwich thing is something we haven't tried yet. And yes, fast movements from front to back work quite well, but since they don't realize they were on the back a sec ago, does it make them used to being on the back?

It's not me on the photo, it's a pic from a NZ film, Whale Rider. I love it a lot. I'd love to be a Russian Kiwi though... :)))

Katia
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Thu, Jan 10 2008 8:22 AM In reply to
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I should have recognised it, I love that film. It's so difficult explaining things in writing isn't it.The song we use is

"We're going this way that way,

e e d c c c c

backwards forwards,

c c c c

over the Irish sea

c c c b c d

a bottle of rum

d d d d d

to warm my tum

d d b g

thats the life for me."

g g a b c

I hope this makes sense. We start with a front and back glide the same length and them gradually extend the back glide. There is quite often a little resistance at first but as the song gets going you can feel when the baby starts to relax and then make the back glide longer flipping them back onto their front as soon as they indicate you have gone to far. Even if the only tolerate very short back glides at first I think it is worth doing because they do at some point realise that you are not going to let go and will put them back on their front when they tell you to. Generally they are holding their head up out of the water to begin with but as the song progresses the head starts laying back, just for milliseconds to begin with but as they get more comfortable it stays back for longer.

love Sue

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Thu, Jan 10 2008 8:59 AM In reply to
Katia

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That sounds like an excellent tip. I'll need to think of a nice Russian song that would go with the moves.

Thanks!!

Katia