This REALLY bugged me when I saw it (on youtube)
Baby Floating (a 7 month old baby floating in a swimming pool - "learning" how to "self rescue")
I couldn't stand to watch it! I literally CRIED ... just thinking about what is going through that baby's mind. I know that "baby floating" is nothing new, but I've never actually SEEN it done before. When I stumbled onto this video I couldn't imagine ever doing this with my own baby!
I do realize however - this is a "self rescue" technique. And perhaps it's not such a bad thing. BUT I just can't imagine flipping my 7 month old baby around in a pool like this!! Surely there's a gentler, safer approach!?
I have never seen/heard of anything like this ever. What is the point?? On one hand I want to say the baby must be ok with it because it isn't crying or thrashing around and doesn't really seem upset. On the other hand it might just be so terrified that it can no longer function... I just don't know what to think.
One thing I do wonder and worry about is when she is flipping the baby over and putting it's face in the water. Babies don't (as far as I'm aware) understand having to hold their breath. That baby must be in danger of inhaling water when she is putting it's face in the water. Although it doesn't appear that that is happening, but still. I would never do that.
That is freaky, but the baby doesn't seem distressed. I wonder how they risk it the first time. I guess you just have to have faith that instinct will kick in, but I would not be able to stand that. Reminds me of the scene in "The Joy Luck Club" where the mother drowns her baby. Makes me sob when I see it. Very heart rending. Can we change the subject now?
Never heard of this either...
I would like more info on this "event".
But I still think there should surely be a safer approach to teaching a young child water safety. Or even if someone were to do this whole "floating baby - self rescue" thing ... WHY just flip your baby around like a ball like this woman does!? How can that poor baby NOT be startled!? The poor baby has no idea what's going to happen next and WHEN to breathe and when NOT to breathe! And towards the end of the video it looked like the baby gasped for air a little bit. I mean - the poor thing was sitting on the deck and she suddenly flips it backwards into the water! The part that bothered me the most was how careless the woman seemed. She didn't seem very loving and careful. She acted like the baby was a play toy flipping it around in the pool. I feel so bad for the baby just wondering what it's thinking.
The point in all of it is obviously so that if the baby/child falls into water, they can "self rescue" and just float/swim until someone gets them out. So it is done for good reason. But I think that EVERYTHING and ANYTHING can be taken overboard - and personally I think the video of the woman with the baby that I posted in my original thread - I think that she is way to careless and that poor baby looks startled!
Now perhaps if it was done in a more caring way, it might not bother me so much. But the way she does it really gets to me.
Ok I can understand wanting to try and prevent your kid from drowning but when they are that young WHY would you have them be in a situation where they could end up in the water? Unless you are going to leave your baby unattended right next to a pool (and anyone with half a brain won't be doing that) and they roll themselves in, there's no way for a baby who can't even walk to end up in a pool. I love how the intructor was talking about how her baby was in the pool at the wall and she turned her back for a minute and when she turned back around he was floating in the middle of the pool. Ok great, the training saved your baby from drowning. But maybe you shouldn't be putting your 8 month old in the pool by himself. And you sure as hell shouldn't be turning your back while he's in there. That also would prevent drowning.
I think it's a great idea!
If I can help my child by teaching it a life saving technique in a safe enviorment then HELL YES I'm going to do it!!
Accidents happen. Thats why this is important. Especially if you have a pool.
I was taught to swim at a very young age. And I cannot imagine not knowing how to swim. I recently read about 6 teenagers who drown because neither they nor the adults they were with could swim.
I believe that putting my child through minimal discomfort to teach it something that could save his/her life is nessecary. It is your job as a parent to keep your child safe at all times. That being said, you cannot allways be there. So for the times that you are not there your child should know how to respond to certain situations.
And like you said - the kid can't even walk yet - how are they gonna get to a swimming pool unless YOU put them there! Or even if they can walk - confine the area with the pool. Or don't have a pool. And always watch your child - never turn your back away - especially if there in a possibly dangerous position/location. Seriously people - ugh. Sorry. They just make me mad.
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