There is more and more research about the benefits of babies swimming. http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a539332/swimming-with-your-baby provide a full article about this subject.
“Your baby can go swimming at any time from birth, although most baby swimming classes start at six weeks. If you are keen for your baby to be introduced to swimming before he is six weeks old, your partner or someone else can take him. Some private baby swimming classes start as early as four weeks. There’s no need to wait until your baby is immunised before taking him to a pool.
If your baby is younger than six months old only take him to a pool that’s heated to about 32 degrees C. It’s best to go to baby swimming lessons that use warm pools for young babies
Here is the testimony of Oly Sang who did a lot of research looking at options for Maia.
“Putting Maia, my 8 month old, in swimming classes was probably the best decision I have made. Yes, I was very nervous, it isn’t easy to hand your child over to someone and watch them stick your baby’s head underwater, which is why you must research very well before deciding. But fears aside, I actually wish I would have signed her up earlier. There are so many benefits that come with swimming beyond just swimming. First of all, she gets her right amount of exercise, which my baby girl needs plenty of since she’s got an excess of energy, lol. But there are so many benefits linked to swimming at such a young age that will actually help my baby’s physical and emotional development (I invite parents to research it) and as an added extra bonus, the nights my baby goes to her swimming classes, she sleeps like, well, a baby, all night long! I would recommend this to anyone who can do it, make the time, make the sacrifice it is well worth it. I know that one day my baby will be an excellent swimmer and this can also one day possibly even save her life.”
Maia lives in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and goes to Kidsfitness center. Her teacher’s name is Hamlet.
Advices before swimming
- Make sure the pool is warm enough. If necessary, ask the pool attendants to check the temperature for you. Babies under six months need a temperature of about 32 degrees C. Make sure the water comes up to your baby’s shoulders to keep him warm, and keep him moving in the water.
- As soon as your baby starts to shiver, get him out of the pool and wrap him up warmly. Babies lose heat more quickly than adults, so they shouldn’t stay in the pool for too long.
- Start off with sessions of 10 minutes and build up to 20 minutes. If your baby is under a year old, limit your time in the water to 30 minutes maximum.
- If your baby has a bad cold, a temperature or seems unwell, don’t go swimming. Also, your baby shouldn’t swim with a tummy bug and shouldn’t go swimming until he has been clear for at least 48 hours.
- If your baby has a skin complaint, check with your GP to make sure that the chlorine won’t irritate him. Always rinse the chlorinated water off your baby after swimming and apply a moisturiser all over his skin, especially if he has dry skin or eczema.
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Web support: Christian Castillo
Baby: Maia Jiménez
Text: Oly Sang