Swimming lessons

Abby - posted on 04/25/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I have been thinking about enrolling my 7 month (will be 8 months on the 05/05/10) son in the learn to swim program, but I'm just abit worried he's not ready? He loves bath time and can sit and play in his bath tub. Any mummys out there with the same worries as me?

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Try - posted on 10/09/2012

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I wouldn't worry too much - he's still small enough that he's only going to get to the pool if someone takes him there. If you want to teach him at that age, though, definitely do it yourself, don't hire a strange to do it - a baby can't understand that he's supposed to just trust this total stranger. It'll scare him for no reason and make learning harder.

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HI! my son will be also 8 month in a week... and i go to swim program since he ist 5 month. why shouldnt he be ready? my son loves it!!! You are present. You go together to the water and he learns to handle with it. it is quite great ! Try out it absolutely!

Tamarah - posted on 04/27/2010

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Hi my baby is 8 months on 6th May and she has been doing swimming lessons since she was 6 months.. at the time she started swimming lessons she couldn't sit up by herself or crawl, but she is doing really well. it has actually got her arms more co-ordinated to crawl properly. I think at the age of 6 months is the perfect time to start swimming lessons :)

Lisa - posted on 04/26/2010

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Just in reply to Alana, my 4 yr old has swimming lessons, and has been asthmatic since 8 months of age, we were advised that one of the best things we could do with him was get him in the water, as it can help with maturing of the lungs etc, at this age we didnt do swimming lessons but always went swimming at least a couple of times a month, so i guess it is really a personal choice and depends on whom you talk to.

Lisa - posted on 04/26/2010

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My daughter, born 27th Sept, started swimming lessons, 3 weeks ago, and absolutely lovesd it. The babies are taught to swim up and at this age it is a very natural process for them to learn. She is also taught to swim to the edge of a mat or the side after jumping in the water, I believe this will really benefit her in the years to come. I also have a four year old who has found things more difficult as he only begun proper lessons, 4 months ago, due to no pool close by and other circumstances, anyway, I would say go for it, not only will it teach them water awareness, but it is also such a nice time for you and bubs, i love it, we both do!!

Alana - posted on 04/26/2010

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My son will also be 8 months on the 5th and I have done a bit of research on swim lessons for babies because he also loves water and bathtime. From what I've read and researched babies under the age of 2 should not do swim lessons because the chlorine in the pools for swim lessons is so high and the air around them as well which causes asthma and broncholitis. It also said that doesn't mean you should keep them away from pools and swimming...just the lessons because they jack the chlorine levels. I'm still trying to decide if I want to enroll him into a swim class at an outdoor facility instead of indoors but now I'm nervous.

Fiona - posted on 04/26/2010

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Hi, My oldest son started swimming at 12 weeks and now LOVES the water. They just sing songs and splash and learn water safety. He is now 2 and very confident and aware. I still need to be in the water with him as he cannot swim yet but he is getting there. For us swimming 'lesssons' were about water safety.

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We've been swimming since my son was 3 months old and going under water too, he just loves it. I'm sure your little one will love the water too.
Have fun!

Jenna - posted on 04/26/2010

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I didn't enroll our oldest in swim lessons until around 5 and that was too late. He was a little too scared to get into the water.

As far as the Infant aquatics type of classes where the children are supposed to be able to roll over and float and even kick to the edge and hold on, I have a personal experience shared with me by a former instructor of that type of class. She had been teaching the class for several years and, of course, believed in it, and taught it to her own children. One day she was out by the pool with her preschooler, whom she had taught the technique to since she was an infant. They were walking around the pool and the girl fell in. Mom thought, oh she'll roll over and kick to the side then I can fish her out, so Mom waited for training to kick in. It didn't. The girl panicked and started to thrash and sink. Mom had to jump in and save her. Mom doesn't teach those classes anymore and even warns students about them in the infancy classes she teaches in the child development program at the local university, which is where I heard the story.

I am going to enroll our 7 month old in the local public pools mommy and me type water class. You play and sing and get familiar with the water but don't try to drown proof them. They just aren't old enough yet, I don't think anyway.

Astrid - posted on 04/26/2010

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our daughter arianna (seven months old yesterday) loves swimming. she has been going since she was three months old and going under the water from the first day i took her. newborns are born with a dive reflex. they naturally hold their breath. this reflex is there for at least six months. arianna goes under the water then then comes up. no tears, no fuss. i love swimming and i am hoping that she feels the same.

Christina - posted on 04/26/2010

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I have a son that will be 8 months on 5-13 and he will be attending his 5th week of swim class this week, we are in a class that is for 6-36 months, he is 1 of 3 kids in this class, and the other 2 are 2 years old. We more just do our own thing while the older kids are doing the actual lessons, we went in to this set of classes thinking that it would begin to teach him to be comfortable in the water and show us as parents what we can be doing with our child to continue to teach him and when he is closer to the 36 mons. we are going to enroll him again and then progress with the older classes.

Betty - posted on 04/26/2010

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Hey Abby,



I'm sure your son will be fine. Though I haven't started my daughter yet. (She's just turned 7 months a few days ago). But that's because it's getting cold here since it's Autumn.



My daughter's cousin. (That's my husband's brother's daughter). Started swimming lessons at 6 months. Apprently, they don't actually really swim. They just splash around a bit and you're there in the pool with them. So nothing to worry about. :)

Adrienne - posted on 04/25/2010

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Our son is starting swim lessons in June hopefully. He would have started earlier but I didn't know how fast the classes filled up. The classes we'll be taking are more for familiarizing your baby with the water, teaching you water safetey, and proper ways to hold your baby in the water. They're not really to teach your baby how to swim. For those concerned with their baby around water, I would definitely recommend finding a local program that teaches your baby survival skills should they accidently fall in. A friend of mine, who lives where almost everyone in her neighborhood has a pool, enrolled her son in ISR. Here's the website so you can get an idea of what these types of programs cover.

http://www.infantswim.com/

Hope that helps! :-)

Karen - posted on 04/25/2010

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My DS is 7 months old tomorrow. I signed him up for Parent & Me swim lessons at our local CC starting at the end of July. I am looking forward to it! It will be 5 Saturdays so DH can be there too.

Charlene - posted on 04/25/2010

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i took my 7.5mth lil girl swimming 4 the 1st time 2day tho wanted 2 do it earlier & it really is amazing stay wiv them at all times n keep them safe & nothin can go wrong it really is something that all babies should do regularly i'm not a gr8 swimmer but she wz so excited she loves her baths n its like bein in a big 1 & mummy's in it 2 i wz pulling her around in a blow up ring the earlier the betta i say & wen she know's about swimming rather than just bein a big bath start getting her swimming

Jennifer - posted on 04/25/2010

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I live in scotland and ive taken bonnie to water babies classes since she was 8 weeks old it doesnt teach her how to swim but more saftey skills we do submersions with them i have the most amazing underwater photos of her, she absoutely loves it too all the babies do i think my favriot thing she can do and has done since she was about 4 months is hold onto the side of the pool all by herself its amazing deffinately take your baby to swimming classes xx

Shannon - posted on 04/25/2010

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We started swim lessons the beginning of April when he was 6.5 months. Drew loves them and he loves to go under water. Plus, he doesn't freak out when he is floating on his back. We go to a class that the teacher was certified by the Red Cross

Carrie - posted on 04/25/2010

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My daughter will also be 8 months on the 5th of May. My husband is a lifeguard and a swim instructor so he was insistent on getting her in the pool asap. She has been in since she was 5 months. She loves it. I was scared at first but when I saw how comfortable she was going under water it put me at ease. maybe you should try a Mommy and Me class at your local aquatic center? Good Luck!

Jennifer - posted on 04/25/2010

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Oh thank you! I have seen the Infant Aquatics stuff before but it was before I had a baby and had forgotten about it completely!

Gabrielle - posted on 04/25/2010

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You guys might want in to look in to a program called "Infant Aquatics". They teach 6months and up life saving skills, by not just familiarize them with water but how to roll over, float, and swim to the edge of the pool or wait until they are rescued. They require that the baby know how to roll over on hard surfaces first which is the only reason why my son is not enrolled yet. He's not doing it consistently. We have visited a few lessons and they do work. As soon as he's ready he will be enrolled.



We enrolled my step daughter in the classes they have at the Rec and she didn't learn anything and it took her about 4 years to actually learn how to swim. I can't count how many times she accidently fell in the pool (kiddie and rec center pool) where she almost drowned. Those classes that just "familiarize" kids just aren't worth it.

Akilyn - posted on 04/25/2010

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We have a pool and at first we thought we would sign him up for swim lessons as soon as he was old enough, but then I read that by doing that, he will become more comfortable with the water and there is actually a better chance that he fall or go into our pool. We have plans to put a fence around the pool, but until we do, I think I'm going to hold off on swim lessons. We'll still put him in the pool once it's warm enough, but no lessons yet.

Jennifer - posted on 04/25/2010

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Abby I'm in the same boat as you! My husband is active duty Navy, so I know that it will be rare, if ever, that we live somewhere that's not near water and I REALLY want Miles to be educated about it. Mine also is in love with bath time. I know that in our area, the swim classes have a beginning age of 6 mos, and it's not really a "how to swim" program, but its beginning to familiarize them with pools, etc. I so wish I had signed him up for this session, but they're SO popular that they fill classes by using a lottery. You have to show up at 6am the day of registration to get a ticket and then when your number is called and if there's a spot in the class that you want, THEN you can register. What a p.i.a!

Jennifer - posted on 04/25/2010

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Abby I'm in the same boat as you! My husband is active duty Navy, so I know that it will be rare, if ever, that we live somewhere that's not near water and I REALLY want Miles to be educated about it. Mine also is in love with bath time. I know that in our area, the swim classes have a beginning age of 6 mos, and it's not really a "how to swim" program, but its beginning to familiarize them with pools, etc. I so wish I had signed him up for this session, but they're SO popular that they fill classes by using a lottery. You have to show up at 6am the day of registration to get a ticket and then when your number is called and if there's a spot in the class that you want, THEN you can register. What a p.i.a!

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