6 Ways Swimming Makes Your Baby Smarter… Water Babies is not just a catchy name- It really is true- Water Babies are Smarter Babies!
Achieve Developmental Milestones Earlier: Studies show that early exposure to the water increases a child’s development of basic visual motor skills and more complex skills later in life like understanding directions, language, writing and math.
Increased Brain Development: A Baby’s brain develops through bilateral cross-patterning movements (moving both sides of your body at the same time) When a baby is kicking and splashing around, his brain is growing!
Easier Time Learning & Heightened Cognition: Bilateral movements of the body activate both cerebral hemispheres and all four lobes of the brain simultaneously- This helps more nerve fibers connect between the right and left side which increases brain communication and function.
Increased Memory: Each time a baby moves it affects the size and memory capacity in their growing brains. Essentially the more you move the more you can remember- Swimming is the perfect activity to help achieve this goal as it engages all parts of the body.
Emotional Development: Studies have shown that children who participated in year round swim lessons from an early age were found to have a greater sense of self control, self discipline and an increased desire to succeed. Consistent skill achievement and goal setting through swimming, provides a foundation for a child with higher self esteem, more independence and increased comfort in social situations.
Physical Development: Studies conducted at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology supported the claim that Water Babies are STRONGER Babies. The movements practiced during swimming help babies developed a better sense of balance, strengthen muscles and improve grasping techniques.
Baby swim lessons are not only a fun and rewarding experience for both caregiver and child- It is a life skill with only positive results! Check out the other benefits of enrolling your baby in a swim class!