Why teach your baby to swim?

Not only is swimming a great way of bonding with your baby, but it can help them develop physically, mentally, and emotionally. We cater to babies of all sizes and abilities; and the multi-sensory environment of the pool has a nurturing effect on your baby's natural development.

Babies demonstrate an innate diving reflex from birth which is also held by various aquatic mammals. It enables them to control their breath underwater for short periods of time, and as they start losing this reflex at about 6 -9 months, it is highly beneficial to get them swimming early.

We aim to teach skills that not only teach your baby how to love the water, but to be confident and respectful of it.

The benefits of taking your baby swimming

Water Safety

Sadly, drowning is the third-biggest cause of accidental death among children under five in the UK. Babies have no inherent fear of water, but they have a natural and instinctual ability to hold their breath when submerged. Learning our basic safety exercises such as kicking to the surface and floating on their backs could potentially one day save your child’s life.

Brain Development

Your baby's brain will grow faster in the first few years of their life than at any other time. Recent research suggests that baby swim classes help with cognitive development where repetitive activities create patterns for memory and learning.

Bonding with your baby

As one of the first activities you can do with your newborn, this is a special time for you to bond with your baby. The progressive format of the classes give plenty of opportunity to praise and encourage your baby building their self confidence. Mothers with post-natal depression find the bonding time and mild exercise very beneficial too. It is also a great environment to meet and bond with other mums.

Health benefits

Water resistance activates and strengthens the muscles, and helps strengthen heart and lungs. Classes can also greatly aid in improving your baby's sleeping patterns. Additionally babies gain improved strength, stamina, and co-ordination. Swimming encourages an active lifestyle from an early age, which can lead to activities later in life.

Social interaction

As well as encouraging your baby's social interaction our classes are also a great opportunity for you to meet new friends.

Vaccinations

Medical research shows that a baby does not need to have had any vaccinations before you take your baby swimming. However, if you have any concerns we do advise that you speak to your G.P. or Health Visitor.

This NHS article may answer any other questions you may have.

http://www.nhs.uk/chq/pages/1035.aspx