“I don’t understand why my little one has stopped making progress” …sound familiar?
If you’re reading this, then you’ve probably noticed a slight change in your little one’s attitude to swimming and their lessons. They were smiling, laughing, playing, kicking, splashing in the water, and going underwater, but then it was like something changed overnight. What was once something they looked forward to and happily took part in is now met with reluctance which can result in a cry, a tantrum or just a stream of ‘no’s’.
But there’s no need for you to worry. It is all part of the learning process, and it has a name too. It’s called a learning plateau, and it’s completely normal. Little one’s progress at different levels and go through phases within their baby swimming journey which reflect their development outside of the pool. Our teachers are trained to work with you and baby to get through them.
We all know that growing up can be a tough experience (and adulthood has its fair share of challenges too!) Your little one is taking in a huge amount of information day to day. And sometimes they need to stop, pause, and take a breath, and really make sense of it all. This typically happens when they’re 18 months to 3 years old; toddlers can experience many of these in their early years as their pre-frontal lobes of their brains develop. But it's important to remember that they’re at a key part of their learning and growth.
Working with your little one and continuing to grow their water confidence with them will help you both through their learning plateau. So they can go back to falling in love with the water again. This can be during lessons, bath time, or just visiting your local swimming pool in your own time. There are lots of tactics you can try, to make any plateau that may be thrown your way that little bit smoother.
Your teacher is one of the best trained baby swimming teachers in the world and will support you during your lessons to go through this learning plateau. At Water Babies, we’ll work together at a pace to help you and your little one. When they’re ready, we’re ready.