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Old Aug 5th, 2011, 03:24 AM   1
HarlaHorse
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Dunking babies underwater?


To me, I'm not too keen on it, but I know alot of people do it to their bubbas. My MIL told my mum that she used to dunk her kids underwater from their very first swim, so I mean, from they were newborns! She'd blow in their face so they'd take a deep breath then dunk their faces under. I'm so scared that shes going to dunk Lacey underwater since she has a pool in her backyard and I'm going there for Christmas and it'll be hot by then, she'll only be about 3 months old. I'm thinking of just saying 'one of my friends dunks her bubs face underwater, I think its mean,' because she doesn't know that I know that she told my mum, so maybe that will stop her, but nothing I've said has stopped her before. I know a lot of babies that have been dunked underwater and absoloutly hate the water. If she dunked my baby girl underwater while I was there I'm not sure what I'd say, it'd freak me out. I'd probably say 'thats mean! Don't do that!' or something, but I don't count on her to listen and all her family will be there, I don't want anyone to back her up. I HATE being around OH's family, I'm sure he'd have something to say, but I'm just hoping that if it comes down to it he actually holds his ground! Argh I'm stressing over nothing as usual!

What do you guys think about dunking bubbies underwater though?



 
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Old Aug 5th, 2011, 03:58 AM   2
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I've never heard of that, that sounds absolutely craaaaazy!
Surely that can't be good for the lungs? Plus it would put stress on the heart from the shock?
Seriously, do people actually do that?
I'd never let someone dunk my baby underwater, anyway. She can learn to swim when she's older like Elena.
Is it necessary for something? First I heard of this!



 
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Old Aug 5th, 2011, 04:07 AM   3
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Yea is there any reason behind it!!!???? Seems totally ridiculous if there isn't a damn good one!!!



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Old Aug 5th, 2011, 04:21 AM   4
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we learnt about this in college
there is no harm in putting baby under water. there lungs seem to have some way of stopping them from choking on the water or breathing it in. we had to watch a video on it...but I fell asleep so I don't remember how it works all I know is it is safe and people use it to help prevent drowning apparently...
you blow on the babys face so they take a deep breath then dunk them under the water.
can't say il be doing it but it is okay to do. some babys are fine with it and others hate it.

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Old Aug 5th, 2011, 04:27 AM   5
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we learnt about this in college
there is no harm in putting baby under water. there lungs seem to have some way of stopping them from choking on the water or breathing it in. we had to watch a video on it...but I fell asleep so I don't remember how it works all I know is it is safe and people use it to help prevent drowning apparently...
you blow on the babys face so they take a deep breath then dunk them under the water.
can't say il be doing it but it is okay to do. some babys are fine with it and others hate it.

xx
Yea I guess it makes sense, but unless you plan on leaving your baby unattended in the water i don't think it's too necessary???
I guess you never know!



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Old Aug 5th, 2011, 04:49 AM   6
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I don't think its harmful.....anyone seen Three Men and a Baby? They dunk Mary under the water to take a photograph

I can't see it being too pleasant mind. I don't particularly like putting my head under water in a swimming pool so I can't see babies being too happy about it - but I don't think its harmful, only for a second though.



 
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Old Aug 5th, 2011, 05:35 AM   7
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I don't think its too harmful, I have heard a few horror stories but its more that I don't think it could be too fun for the bubba. I think it'd be aweful for a baby to be dunked underwater! I don't see the point at all. All me and my siblings know how to swim fine and our mum never dunked our heads underwater. I'm going to be so angry if she dunks Lacey underwater! At least Lacey will know who to hate!



 
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Old Aug 5th, 2011, 06:21 AM   8
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I know it isn't the same but when I was about 6 I was in a little blow up boat in France with my dad and he thought it'd be an amazing idea to push me over the edge into the sea as a surprise to make me less scared of the water (I wasn't scared of the sea and could swim well but didn't really feel like falling out of a boat in to waves). Needless to say I was incredibly annoyed and wouldn't go back in the water for days. Some people have stupid theories.



 
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Old Aug 5th, 2011, 06:25 AM   9
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I know it isn't the same but when I was about 6 I was in a little blow up boat in France with my dad and he thought it'd be an amazing idea to push me over the edge into the sea as a surprise to make me less scared of the water (I wasn't scared of the sea and could swim well but didn't really feel like falling out of a boat in to waves). Needless to say I was incredibly annoyed and wouldn't go back in the water for days. Some people have stupid theories.
Well, my mum took my little brother to baby swimming lessons when he was a little baby, a few months or something and the instructor used to dunk their heads underwater all the time and several of the babies used to scream their lungs out when they were put anywhere near the water because it turned them off and gave them a fear of water in general so I understand what your saying.

I feel my job is to keep my baby safe, I don't believe she'll feel safe in my arms if I dunk her head underwater, it would break trust.



 
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Old Aug 5th, 2011, 08:52 AM   10
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It is safe to do there are like aqua baby sessions that you can take babies to where it is done in a safe professional situation. My mum wanted me to take Lily but the idea of putting my little girl underwater like that wasn't to appealing to me. But as it is Lily loves the water, loves going swimming and cries when I get her out of the bath.



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