在水裡吹泡泡是我們教嬰兒下水閉氣前的一個活動。在吹泡泡的同時，也是在學習閉氣喔！不過，要讓嬰兒學會在水裡吹泡泡其實並不容易，因為約 7 個月前的嬰兒還有「吸吮反射動作」 (Sucking Reflex)，他們的直覺動作是 "吸"，而不是 "吐"。不過這也不代表我們必須等到嬰兒的「吸吮反射動作」消失了才能開始教孩子吹泡泡。嬰兒的模仿能力非常的好，對於任何事情，他們都會想要模仿，但他們只有很短暫的專注力，所以我們必須讓他們覺得吹泡泡是很有趣的事情，譬如，在他們面前吹泡泡、吐水、吹泡泡的時候做奇怪的動作或發出有趣的聲音。有些嬰兒需要幾堂課的時間才會開始模仿，初期，他或許會先把舌頭吐出來，嘗試舔水，再來他的嘴唇會開始觸碰水，這時他可能會喝到一些水，不過別擔心，而一些水對嬰兒無礙，但若你覺得他喝太多了，那麼，請停止這個活動，下一堂課在繼續。
我們越頻繁的吹泡泡給他們看，當他們的「吸吮反射動作」消失了，他們會更容易學會。我通常會建議家長在幫小孩洗澡的時候就常常做這個活動。當你的寶寶長大一點，他會開始覺得吹泡泡很好玩，而且會不斷的嘗試，就像照片中 1 歲 5 個月的寶寶一樣，半堂課都在開心的吹泡泡！
Teaching infants to blow bubble is an activity we do before letting them submerge. When they blow bubble, at the same time, they are holding their breathe. But it is quite challenging for infants to learn to blow bubbles because of the sucking reflex that still exist up to they are about 7 months or so. However, it doesn't mean we have to wait until the sucking reflex disappear. Infants are very good at mimicking. They will try to mimic anything they can. Because of their short attention span, we have to introduce this in a fun way like blowing bubbles out, spitting water out in front of him and making funny noises while doing it. It may take many sessions for your baby to start imitate blowing. Your baby may start by sticking out his tongue trying to lick the water and then his lips may touch the water and he ends up drinking it. Drinking a little water is fine, but if you see your baby drinking too much water, stop this activity and do it another day.
The more we show him how to do it, the easier he will do it once his sucking reflex disappear. I usually suggest the parents to do this activities during bath time. you may not have a time to visit the pool often but you have to shower your baby everyday :)
As your baby gets older, he will find this activity very funny and will practice more intensely like the baby on the picture. He is 1 year and 5 months old and spend half of the class playing blowing bubbles with his daddy.