Swimming is one of the most amazing experiences you can share with your baby!
Babies have a real affinity with water. They spend nine months in the womb, and many expectant mothers choose a water birth as the most natural introduction to this world. Water is recognised as a warm, supportive environment during labour and provides a natural transition for your baby from the womb to the “outside world”.
Babies can be taken swimming from birth, they do not need to have completed their injections and very young babies love the freedom, massage and gentle exercise that the water offers.
The benefits to both parent and baby of swimming together are immense:
Plenty of eye contact
Plenty of skin contact – it’s a wonderful way to bond with your baby
Helping you and your baby feel relaxed and confident in the water
Makes swimming a fun and socially stimulating activity (for both you and your baby!)
Even parents who can’t swim can enjoy relaxing in the water with their baby
There are further benefits too, especially if you join a fun, progressive programme like Puddle Ducks:
It is the only time your baby can be completely independent (when experiencing gentle submersions)
Only in the water, can a baby move freely and develop actions they wouldn’t otherwise be able to in their first year of life. This gives “swimming babies” the opportunity to develop crucial higher brain functions, core muscle development and co-ordination far earlier than they would otherwise be able to
Even though gentle, baby swimming classes provide a complete physical work-out: strengthening your baby’s heart, lungs and respiratory system, which again aids development of the brain
Regular swimming often improves eating and sleeping patterns
Learning to respond to key words (within a few months) can make your baby sharper mentally, increasing levels of awareness and understanding as well as improve communication between you
Encouraging a baby to take regular exercise from such a young age is also an extremely healthy routine to instil which may prevent childhood lethargy
But most importantly of all, baby swimming should instil a love of water for the rest of your child’s life.
Puddle Ducks baby and toddler swimming classes teach your child to swim, be safe and have fun in the water. As a national swim school that has been established since 2001, the Puddle Ducks programme is carefully structured with a strong ethos of putting your child’s happiness first. Here is a short video of our classes
and for more information and a full listing of classes please visit www.puddleducks.com. Classes run at the Red Lea Hotel on Friday mornings.