My baby isn’t even old enough to walk, talk or hold a toy- Why should I spend time on swimming lessons? Are they really going to get anything out of it? What can they possibly learn at such a young age?
These are very common questions we hear everyday- Below are some of the reasons why it is important to introduce your little one to the water at an early age….
Increase Cognitive Development: Studies have shown that the gentle movements engaged through swimming actually teaches babies to engage both sides of their body simultaneously- This bilateral movement not only helps develop and maintain muscle memory, but also increases brain development. Click Here for the 6 ways Swimming Makes Your Baby Smarter!
Physical Development: Increased movement through swimming helps your baby develop and strengthen every part of their body- Feeling their own balance and buoyancy in the water will also help develop vital muscles and ligaments. Babies under 6 months of age are still apt to remember the swimming reflexes developed in utero, including the Mammalian Dive Reflex, Flexor Reflex and Moro Reflex.
Improved Confidence and Positive Self Image: A typical Infant swim class incorporates water play, social interaction, songs and skin-to-skin contact with a care-giver or parent. These elements of a structured class plus the excitement of learning something new, automatically boosts your baby’s self esteem. Studies have shown that children who had taken consistent swim lessons from 2 months to 4 years had greater sense of self control, stronger desire to succeed and were more confident in social situations.
Reduce the Risk of Drowning: Studies have shown that formal swim lessons reduce the risk of drowning in children over the age of 4. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), drowning is the leading cause of death among toddlers- Most of which occur at home in the family swimming pool. It is never too early to teach your child a life saving skill like rolling to find a back-float or reaching up for safety and climbing out of the pool. Formal Swim lessons also make parents more aware of drowning hazards and the safety skills to encourage and reinforce with their children.
Participating in a swim class with your baby provides a great bonding opportunity for parent and child. It is a great way to slow down each week and just focus on the class experience without any types of distractions. Swim lessons with our babies brings us into the present moment while teaching a valuable and life saving skill.