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The Benefits of Swimming Lessons for Your Baby

Posted in Uncategorized, on August 19, 2019 By Admin

The Benefits of Swimming Lessons for Your Baby

There are so many great benefits to enrolling your baby in swimming lessons. Even though they may not be able to talk or walk yet, it is great to get them in the pool to begin splashing and gliding through the water.  Your baby can start swimming lessons as early as 4 months old. When your baby is in the water their body is moving in a unique way, creating millions of new neurons in their brains, as they kick, glide, and use their hands to smack at the water.

Because of their delicate immune systems, pediatricians normally recommend that parents keep their young baby away from a pool that has too much chlorine in it. It is recommended, however, that you do not wait too long to get your baby in the pool! Research shows that kids who do not experience water at an early age grow to be more negative and fearful about swimming in general. 


Aquatics Academy’s Top 8 Benefits of Baby Swimming lessons

 

  1. Research continues to show that swimming together in a pool, lake or ocean is a family favourite activity. It is one of the largest participation sports in Canada. Swimming lessons really help to build water confidence when children are small. 
  2. Swimming helps to develop balance and coordination. The reason for this is that a considerable amount of your baby’s body is supported by water; therefore the main goal and focus for your baby is to maintain her or his stability in the water. 
  3. Swimming enables your child to build their muscles. Strengthening and working all of their muscles successfully helps to make your child physically stronger.
  4. Taking swimming lessons with your baby delivers quality bonding time for both of you. Time in the pool together gives your child the opportunity to have your undivided attention, with no outside interruptions.
  5. Swimming will strengthen your baby on the inside of their body. While swimming helps in developing their joints and muscles, it will also improve the strength of their lungs and heart and their brain development.
  6. An abundance of research shows that swimming will improve your child’s sleep patterns. While swimming won’t guarantee them sleeping through the night, the extra exercise swimming provides will definitely help to make them sleepier.
  7. Swimming can also help to increase your baby’s appetite. With plenty of gentle exercise in warm water, your baby will get hungry.  It is highly advised to have some snacks and milk (protein) for when they have finished their lesson!
  8. Swimming naturally will build water confidence in your child. We have found that parents themselves that have discomfort with water, tend to avoid lessons entirely. Being in the pool with your baby will not only make them feel more secure in and around the water, but it will also build your confidence too!

What About The Prevention of Drowning? 

Swimming lessons reduce the risk of drowning in children 1-4 years of age. According to the Canadian Academy of Pediatrics, drowning is the leading cause of death among babies, tots and even older children. Most drowning events occur in children under 4 years old, and at residential swimming pools. If you have a pool, early swim lessons are important for you and your family to take advantage of.  It is also recommended that even if your child has participated in swim lessons, they still must be supervised at all times.


Here is an important review of the physical, cognitive and emotional benefits of baby swimming lessons:


The Physical Benefits 

There are a wide variety of physical benefits for your child when they participate in baby swimming lessons. 

  • Promotes both balance and coordination, in and out of the pool.  It also helps with maintaining balance while your child is learning to crawl and walk. 
  • Lessons will strengthen both your baby’s muscles and joints, which supports physical strength and will in turn help them to move their body more efficiently.  
  • Baby swimming lessons will strengthen your child’s organs, such as their heart and lungs, which encourages better physical fitness habits into their childhood and future.

What are the Emotional Benefits?

  • Encourages early water confidence, especially in children with parents who have a fear of water, as this form of anxiety could be passed on to them.
  • Builds confidence overall that can be applied to other challenges and learning curves your child may face.
  • Generates opportunities for social experiences early in your child’s life.
  • Provides an exceptional bonding experience between you and your baby. In addition, it can become a tradition that your baby does with ‘just Dad' or 'just Mom’ to foster healthy lifelong parent and child relationships.


The Cognitive Benefits

  • The physical coordination required to swim will stimulate your baby’s brain to grow, which will create better communication skills for your child, and additionally, it will help to strengthen the communication between both sides of your baby’s brain.
  • With more and more experience, this growth will benefit reading skills, language development, academic learning, and spatial awareness.
  • Baby swimming lessons will also help build your baby’s perception of things like movement resistance in the water, what water feels like, what different water temperature feels like, and buoyancy.

If your baby is 4-6 months old, get them signed up for swimming lessons.  When doing your own research, make sure the place you choose has a warm pool, to ensure your baby’s comfort and an intimate class size with no more than 10 baby-parent pairs. This will allow you and your baby to hear the teacher more effectively and have lots of room in the pool to play and enjoy yourselves. At Aquatics Academy, these are just a few of the parts of our baby swim curriculum and experience.  We understand how important it is to find the right swim home for you and your family.

Please contact us for more info or to register your baby for his or her first swimming lesson experience! 

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