Several liters of water in a basin or inflatable pool – and inconspicuous part of the garden turns into a real amusement park. One and a half year-old Sasha practically does not get out of the water, except to overturn a full watering can on his mom’s feet. Bathing is a favorite activity for most children.
What a pleasure to drive the waves, splashing, blowing bubbles, playing with a floating duckling or a ship, pouring water back and forth, filling and turning the bucket upside down … The smallest inherited this irrepressible passion for water fun from the time of their “previous” prenatal life. Their body retained the memory of the comfort of the mother’s belly, in which they rocked smoothly all nine months.
Water is also an opportunity to make discoveries that are interesting and useful for children’s development. She is surprised by the inconstancy and tenderness of her touch, gives food for numerous experiments, which change with each month and become more complex.
According to experts, water has a beneficial effect on children for many reasons. “Children just need to understand what a liquid substance is,” explains child psychologist Regina Demart. “Water not only relaxes and contributes to the development of the child’s motor functions, it is also an excellent gymnastics for the mind and senses.”
Before allowing a child to play in the water, you must take the necessary safety measures:
- A baby under four years old can choke even a few centimeters of water, so parents need to be extremely attentive.
- Teachers swimming instead of the usual inflatable circles recommend sleeves, equipped with a special membrane that does not allow them to deflate. It is better to wear them to a child, even if he plays on the beach.
- Be careful with objects floating on the surface of the pool. A child can reach for them and fall into the water.
- Moving in the water, the baby spends a lot of energy, so try to feed him after water treatments.
- Children’s skin is especially sensitive to sunburn. Protect it from the reflected ultraviolet rays with a cream with the highest filtration rate (from 30 SPF).
The amazing properties of water used in obstetric practice directly from the birth of the child into the world. Experts recognize that the very first bathing of a newborn helps him to relax and calm down.
In the following months, the daily bathing ritual will allow the baby to correctly channel his energy and relieve the excitement accumulated during the day. And in the hot summer there is nothing better than swaying on the waves and feel the gentle and peaceful touches of coolness.
In this case, water not only brings a lot of pleasure, but also contributes to the physical and sensual development of the child.
Skin contact with water while bathing and gentle mother’s strokes allow children to better study their body, which means they feel more comfortable “in it”. “A person feels his body best when it is wet,” comments Michel Selare, a psychomotor specialist. —Boltaya in the water with their feet and hands or watering their heads, small children become aware of the structure of their body. In addition to sight and touch, water stimulates hearing and smell. Which of the babies will remain indifferent when they hear the hissing of a jet spurting from a hose, the sound of drops falling from a tap, or the smell of vanilla shampoo?
In addition, when playing with water, children personally see the results of their movements, which means they develop motor functions. No wonder they love to splash and splash when they take a bath.
It is interesting because what will happen if you slap on the water with your palm, and then hit harder and harder. “By the end of the first year of life, the child begins to establish causal relationships between events,” Regina Demart explains. “Turning a bathroom into a pool or pouring water on his parents, he feels the joy that is generated by the awareness of his power over objects and the world around.” So stock up on rags, and – whistle everyone up!
Between the 12th and 18th months, most babies begin to show their “scientific interests”. Why does a crocodile and ball float on the surface of the water, and the soldier goes to the bottom? Why can I fill the watering can with water, but the sieve cannot be?
The two-year-old daughter was surprised by her mother, who patiently filled the bucket with a teaspoon, poured out water, and began her painstaking work anew. Investigating their actions of “putting water inside” the vessel, children empirically discover the ability of different objects to contain something in themselves. What is not a dedication to physics?
At this stage, it doesn’t hurt to supply small naturalists with cups of different sizes, a watering can and a sieve so that they can carry out all the necessary experiments.
Closer to 2-3 years comes a new stage of their intellectual development. Pouring and pouring water into the vessels, opening and closing the taps, the future Nobel laureates notice that they can control the flow of water.
During these classes, kids learn the concepts of content and content, and in addition, they try to cope with another specific problem. At this age, when children are usually required to observe hygiene, babies often fear that they will leave some part of themselves in the pot.
Filling and emptying the vessels, the transfusion of water allows them to understand that the contents may disappear, but the content that remains remains unchanged. These games reassure children, and they begin to realize that their body is a single whole, which is not threatened with disintegration into pieces.
So they are more easily accustomed to cleanliness.
Two-year-old Sasha often asks him to bathe him in a foam bath, because he loves to hide his hands and feet in dense foam, and then with a loud laugh gets them out from under the water. Such a game of “water hide and seek” is especially important at his age. While playing, the child comprehends the phenomenon of the appearance and disappearance of objects.
His little frog, who hid under the water, did not cease to exist: to be convinced of this, it is enough to lower the hand into the water and raise the toy to the surface. This parting make-up helps him to more easily transfer a forced separation from his parents, which in real life can become a very painful experience.
Just as a frog disappeared from the water appears in the foam, so the mother returns as she goes to work in the morning. You just need to wait for the evening.
The general conclusion: filling, devastation, transfusion or immersion are fundamental skills that should be encouraged and developed, because in this way the child sets the milestones of his independent life. “It is very important that the baby shares the pleasures of bathing with his mom or dad, but we must allow him to enjoy these procedures on his own,” says Michel Selarier. Many parents intuitively understand this: “When Camilla was very small, I sat down next to the bathroom and played with her.
Now that she is three years old, I watch her from afar and give her the opportunity to play alone. I hear a splash, a floundering … and a loud laugh. ” Bathing just created to play pranks. “In fact, the noisy scuffling gives kids the opportunity to taste the forbidden fruit, to experience the pleasure of breaking the usual rules.
Slapping with your feet and hands on the water so that the spray scattered as far as possible, water the little brothers and sisters from the water gun, knock the bucket on the mother who lies down to sunbathe … In the summer you can find a lot of useful lessons, and at the same time you can develop all family members.
If a child cries while bathing, it means that this process causes a feeling of insecurity and insecurity in him. To reconcile it with water, do not force events. It is better to cancel for a while bathing, replacing them with a wet toilet.
Gradually accustom the baby to the bath, but do not fill it, but simply seat the child there, so that he feels completely safe. Talk to him in a quiet, even voice and pour a trickle of water.
To cheer up the child, act confidently. Put in the bath one or two toys that will delight him. Remember that the pleasure of water treatments is transmitted primarily through parents.
If you feel out of shape, ask your spouse to take the baton from you. If a child is frightened by the sea, bathe him, turning his face to the beach, and not to the horizon, so that he will not be afraid of a huge water space.
You can dig a hole in the sand, something like a “personal pool”. The baby will calmly fill it out of his watering can or bucket under your supervision.