Teach Baby To Swim

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The Advantage of Swimming Young

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It is crucial to teach your child to swim at a young age

Swim Baby
Many parents these days start their kids swimming at three years old and older. What parents do not realize that this is not young enough. These days swim schools offer ” Mommy and Me” private or semi-private swim classes and it may seem ridiculous because of the young starting age, but IT’S NOT! In my experience the younger the better! When the child starts at an older age, fear sets it stronger. Now I’m not saying that a baby would not be scared of the water, but an older child is more likely to have water anxiety. I have been teaching swimming lessons since 2006 and I can tell you that 70% of my students afraid of the water are three years old and up. The baby swim classes are for survival and getting them accustomed to being in open water (besides a small bathtub). So even if they are starting at very young age, do not think the lessons are not working if the baby is not grasping the skills right away. Simply being in the water and getting accustomed to the pool has huge advantages for learning to swim.

Here are some tips that you as a parent can do to start getting your infant or baby comfortable in the water:

  • Always sprinkle water on the tops of their heads when in the bathtub
  • Do not worry about getting their faces wet! (as long as their isn’t any soap.)
  • Use the same toys from the bathtub for your baby’s first swim lesson in the pool

I have a client who isn’t shy with getting her two baby girls (Elle- 2 years old & Sierra-1 years old) submerged in the bathtub. She has played in the bath with her daughters since they were infants. This bathtub play has made a big difference in getting her girls comfortable in the water. The first day of having lessons with them, I could tell that they really love the water and did not care when pool water hits their face. You can imagine how much faster they learned to swim without needing to spend time getting used to water during the swim lessons.

This is a huge advantage for your child to start young (6 months), they will be swimmers sooner because of taking the time to play with them in the bath. The best advantage as a parent is that you wont have to deal with that four year old screaming going to his/her swimming lessons. :)

From one swim instructor to all parents,  do yourself a favor and start them young! It could save their lives and is a great bonding opportunity as well. And remember to always make the water a fun place!

 

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