Photos by MJ Klein
Swimming has always been big in my family, since the days when we all lived in Florida. I’m determined to help Phoenix cultivate a love for the water and swimming, so we put her in the bathtub to begin the process of getting her acquainted with being in water.
We have a Taiwanese made float ring that attaches behind the baby’s head and supports her in the water. Phoenix took to the float right away (nothing seems to really bother her) but when I placed her into the water she got very scared. Her natural fear of drowning kicked in and she didn’t like it one bit. In this photo she looks so small and vulnerable at the end of the bathtub, but I assure you, she warmed up to the idea rather quickly.
Within a few minutes she began to move around and feel more secure. After I pushed her back and forth, she really began to enjoy herself. She appeared to like the feeling of being weightless.
Here she is enjoying the experience. I can tell you that now, Phoenix absolutely loves the water. She kicks her legs, and uses her hands to propel herself around. The next step is to take her to a kiddie pool.
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About These Photos
These photos were taken on the day of the second time we had Phoenix swimming. My wife, Hui-chen was present the entire time, and she did not take her eyes off the baby (you can see Phoenix looking at her in the last photograph above). On the first day, when I first put Phoenix in the bathtub, I kept my hands on her until she got over her fright of the water. We took things very slowly and I certainly was in no hurry to introduce her to this brand-new experience. I did not have my camera in the bathroom with me on the first day, nor did I have any activity on my mind whatsoever, other than the business at hand. I only consented to take photographs on the second day after my wife began to supervise her, and only after making verbal conformation with Hui-chen that I was going to leave the room to get the camera.
When using a device like this with your child, please do not allow any force on earth to compel you to leave your child unsupervised for even one second!