Originally Posted by Lonestar22
No matter how many safety precautions you take accidents still happen. That's why this is taught. I would rather my child have this skill and never have to use and then be in a situation where it is needed and not known.
While I agree that a 7 month old baby should never be unsupervised that is not allways the case. You cannot honestly say you have never looked away from your child while they were in the water. Your human. That's the point of this. Your having a party, many kids and adults are there. Your watching your child play about 20 ft away form the pool. You refill your drink. This takes about 30 seconds. You look up and cannot see your toddler anymore. You run to the pool where an adult has pulled him out. He crawled over to the pool and was bumped by another child and fell in. He is safe and sound because he was taught to flip over on his back and swim.
Stuff like that happens all the time. It has nothing to do with bad parenting. It's life. Plain and simple.
If the child can walk then they should be learning how to swim. If the child can not walk, there's no way for it to end up in the pool. I don't know anyone with a child that young who would be letting the child crawl around unattended to get knocked into the pool. I actually knid of doubt anyone would put their kid down to crawl around near a pool. That's just an accident waiting to happen. And if it's a party I'd be worried about someone not paying attention and stepping on the baby.
I'm not saying if one decides to go this route, they are a bad parent. I can see how it's an attempt at a safety measure and that's fine. If people want to do it, go for it. I personally feel like, with a child that young, there's too much unknown as to how much the baby will understand of what it's supposed to do. And I really can't see how a baby that young would ever be in a position to end up in the water. It really just seems unrealistic to me, to have a baby that young around a pool and not be holding it the entire time.