BABY IN THE BATH TUB:Consistently practicing the back float strategies when your baby is very young will make floating a pleasant experience for you and your child. When you are ready to go in the pool, he will love to float and he will be closer to being safe in the water.
Lay back in the tub and lay him down on the crook of your arm.
Sit up and holding the baby under the head, have the baby float on his back between your legs and move him gently in the water. Your baby will love it as he looks up at you and you talk to him.
BABY IN THE POOL:Soon the baby won't like laying on his back, you have to lull him to liking it. You want the baby to float alone.
Rest the baby's head on your shoulder singing to him. Hold this position as he likes it.
As the baby gets more comfortable, use your hands to cradle only his head.
Lightly support the head so that the baby will feel the water holding him up.
Distract him with a toy.
If the baby struggles to get upright, place one arm on the baby's chest and the other arm under the baby's back while you sing or talk lovingly.
Keep practicing this very valuable skill even if your child doesn't like it, you will see the baby relax.
When you practice going under water with your baby, instead to bringing him up to face you, turn him to float and look up at you, continuing the above activities.