Is your little one a Water Baby?

               

"Swimming is the most popular recreational activity for children (7-17) in the U.S." 

Playing in the water is a great way to enjoy, especially in summers. The idea of signing up your child for swimming during the summer break can sound interesting as it serves the purpose of keeping them engaged and also to beat the heat. Swimming is a lifelong skill, teaching your child to swim can have significant benefits for both his/her health and safety Here are some key facts about how it benefits your toddler:

Swimming requires you to synchronize your arms and legs along with coordinating your breathing and other body movements. So, the main focus for your baby is on maintaining balance. On the whole, babies who swim have a much better balance out-of-water. 

Swimming strengthens your baby on the inside. Swimming uses major muscles strengthening your baby’s muscles and joints. It is a fantastic aerobic activity to get your child’s heart pumping thereby reducing the risk of childhood obesity.  

Swimming improves the sleeping pattern of your child. Swimming is a relaxing and peaceful form of exercise that will help to make your baby sleepier.

Swimming improves your baby’s appetite. The main reason for an increased feeling of hunger is because your child’s body expends calories to keep him/her warm as well as to keep swimming. So make sure you have some sort of snack for post-swimming.

Swimming builds water confidence and safety. By teaching your child to swim, he will become a stronger swimmer. The experience in water greatly reduces the risk of an emergency if your child is near an unsupervised pool or a beach.

 What age is it ideal for children to take swim lessons?

Kids won’t really become competent swimmers until age 6 or 7, starting at 4 or 5 is good. Kids between the ages 2-4 experience fear with water. Giving them exposure to water as a fun activity will help them overcome the fear and make them associate being in the water as a fun experience.  Signing your child up for a water-themed summer camp can be helpful. Research shows early swim lessons help children develop better balance and stronger movement. 

Before diving in, here are a few things you should know

Basics

It’s important for your child to feel comfortable in the water. So before you join your child into a formal swim lesson, consider enrolling your toddlers and pre-schoolers in informal aquatic programs.

Infant and toddler aquatic programs are very popular for kids, particularly during summers. They are a good way to teach your kids to enjoy being in the water and teach kids about how to be safe around the water.

Signing up for a swimming lesson

Summers are the best time to test the waters and gauge your child’s interest in the sport. While checking out options, see whether you can observe your child’s practice to understand how well your child is flourishing in the water.

Opt for a swimming program that fits you and your child

Doing research on what works best for you and your child is crucial. Children most likely won't be able to take solo lessons until they are 5 years old. They require being in the water with someone they trust and that has to be a parent naturally.

Pick the right gear

Having the right equipment is essential for any sport. Check with the instructor before you buy swimming essentials for your child. Goggles that provide a clear vision and protection from chlorine and cap that tightly tucks hair are a must. Know that putting your child in the right swimsuit makes all the difference.

Safety aspect

Water sports are appealing but they pose safety challenges. Children should be closely monitored when in pool. Even if the child has learnt swimming, it’s crucial to teach smart practices to prevent any accidents from occurring.  While signing up for swimming classes always check that your child’s instructor is safety-trained and certified.


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