Whether your little one has suddenly stopped enjoying being in the water and you’re not sure why, or you’ve simply heard the term ‘water wobbles’ being talked about and are wondering what it’s all about, here’s some information we’ve put together that explains what’s going on.
What are the ‘water wobbles’?
‘Water wobbles’ is a phrase that’s used to describe how the natural development stage that most children go through between the ages of 8 – 24 months old manifests itself in the pool.
It’s a time of conflicting emotions for your little one, and normally coincides with them starting to gain a bit more independence.
They might be just starting to cruise or walk; they’re definitely becoming more aware of their surroundings and generally more adventurous (they’re probably falling down, bumping into things and getting frustrated when things don’t go their way, too!).
Yet while they’re craving independence, they’re also starting to experience separation anxiety, becoming distressed if you leave the room, or clinging to you when other people are around.
All of which is frustrating for you, but even more confusing for your little one.
What are the signs my child is going through the water wobbles?
No two children are exactly the same in the water, but if they were previously pretty happy and suddenly start to display any of these signs, then it’s a fair bet that the water wobbles have hit:
What can I do to help them?
Any stress you’re feeling will quickly transfer to your child, so the best thing you can do is to keep calm and keep smiling – remember, the water wobbles is just a phase, and it will pass!
And when they come out the other side, your little one will be just as happy and confident in the water as they were before (if not more so).
In the meantime, here are some things that will help you both through this challenging time.
Finally, don’t forget that your Baby Swimmers teacher will have worked with lots of parents to help their children through the water wobbles – they’ve seen it all before, and will have lots of tips for you to try.