5 Reasons to Start your Baby Swimming Before Age 1
Even though your baby cant walk yet, he or she can certainly start learning swim skills! At Goldfish Swim School, our trained instructors use integrity, compassion and trust to teach kids ages 4 months and older swim skills that will stay with them for life, using a specialized curriculum. Youll find some additional benefits to jumping into lessons now, like these 5 Reasons to Start your Baby Swimming Before Age 1.
1. Its Natural
You may be surprised at how naturally babies take to water (after all, they were quite the little swimmers before you met them) so it is only fitting that you immerse them in water to keep them used to it. The sooner you introduce your baby to the water, the easier it is for them to enjoy and celebrate the environment. Once they get a little bit older, toddlers may enter phases where fear (of many things) is more prevalent. So, by having swimming as a natural environment early on, they will not have any new feelings to become adjusted to when they start learning to swim.
2. Bathtub fun
Maybe youve heard about the parents who struggle with bath time, or maybe you hate when your little one becomes agitated with water being poured over his or her head. Want an easy fix? Sign up your baby for swim lessons! At Goldfish Swim School, lessons teach babies that being in the water is fun which translates to having a GOLDEN experience in all water, including in the tub.
3. Showers with Baby
Moms (and dads) may often find that taking a shower becomes nearly impossible when theres a new baby because when theres a window of opportunity, say, when baby naps, you have to decide which is more important: Sleep or a shower? Usually sleep wins, right?! But when your baby is accustomed to the water, you can bring your little bundle of joy into the shower with you (provided youre using proper safety precautions). Use shower time as time for both of you to get clean, then you can both nap at the same time. Two birds; one stone.
4. Enjoy the Beach
Just because your little one isnt walking doesnt mean you cant enjoy the water when youre at the beach. Sure, youll have to make sure your baby is properly protected from the sun, but its definitely more fun to be splashing in the water than trying to stop all those tiny pieces of sand from continually making its way into your babys mouth. Because youve had your little goldfish in swim lessons and youve seen some extraordinary results, you wont have to worry that he or she doesnt know what to do in the water and you can enjoy the splashing and feel of the refreshing water.
5. Playing in the Pool
It can be a funny sensation for a baby to have their legs dangling in the pool with nothing to stand on, or just being wet in a pool if they havent been introduced to it previously. When your baby is in swim lessons and looks forward to playing in the water, you get to enjoy the water, too! No more sitting on the sidelines looking longingly to the pool: You can bring your baby in there. And babies who arent even one yet can learn how to go under water. Pretty fascinating, isnt it?
How Early Can You Teach a Baby to Swim?
Babies as young as 4 months old can start to become acclimated to the water with their parents. At this age, a baby is mostly learning to get comfortable in the water to lay a foundation for future learning and enjoyment. Starting to learn the basics of water safety with a parents supervision can also begin at this age.