Following on from our fantastic live on Tuesday we are delighted to bring you this guest blog written by Swim Global. Whilst swimming lessons might be on hold for the next month, let’s look forward to the future and getting out and about with those gorgeous babies again.
The Benefits of Baby Swimming
By Rachael and Steph from Swirl Global
Swimming can be such a lovely experience to bond with your baby but also teach them valuable life-saving skills. Whilst not every baby is going to be swimming independently as a result of baby swim lessons it does set the routine and pattern of practicing water safety for life; for example parents entering the water first, not jumping in until parent (or both of you have counted to three), how to roll over in the water and how to float.
Swimming strengthens their heart and lungs as well as their arm, leg and neck muscles. Bouncing and splashing in the water stimulates the vestibular system, aiding balance. With the support of the water your little one can practice the gross motor skills required for movements on dry land. Baby swimming is proven to help with little one’s eating and sleeping patterns (although nothing will guarantee that your little one will sleep through the night!)
Baby swim lesson prices do vary and are not always cheap but are an excellent investment if you can afford it as you will learn how to hold your baby safely in the water in a variety of ways to support and encourage movement, the beginning of water safety skills, as well as the opportunity to match words to actions through song and play aiding the development of speech and communication skills and you may just make some friends too.
How to prepare for a successful first swim:
Find out the temperature of the pool that you are going to visit; an ideal temperature for babies is between 30-32°C.
If you are worried about your baby getting cold in the pool you can invest in a neoprene wrap or neoprene costume.
Swim nappies – a large number of pools and swim schools now insist on a minimum of a disposable swim nappy with a reusable neoprene nappy over the top. Always bring a spare disposable (or two)
You can find out more about your options and ensuring a good fit here:
A change mat, if you don’t want to fork out for several items Cover me Baby’s cover can adapt as a wrap and change cover so the plastic change tables aren’t so cold.
Have a towel for baby that you can take onto poolside and wrap them in as soon as you exit the pool. Changing rooms aren’t always a warm environment to walk into from the pool!
If you aren’t swimming as part of a lesson, go and have lots of fun together! Just walking through the water holding baby close, singing songs, encouraging hand splashing and lots of eye contact and smiles are going to set the tone for a positive relationship with water long term.
This Blog was written by Steph and Rachael from Swirl Global for more information or if you have any questions please click on the link below.
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