Age for starting swimming
Sal - posted on 10/30/2012
I started my son at water baby lessons at 3 months, the younger they are the easier it is to introduce them to the water, as its like being in the womb. We had great fun bonding to songs and games in the water. But more importantly a friend of mines child age 3 fell into a river and was able to get her self over to the other side of the bank and hold on until her Dad could fish her out. She's convinced that the lessons at water babies of getting herself to the side and holding on saved her life. Swimming is definitely a life skill that every child should be encouraged to start as early as possible, it could be a life saver.
Gabrielle - posted on 10/23/2012
You can start a child in swimming lessons very early - now would be just fine. And I definitely recommend lessons, as swimming is a valuable life skill. Do your research and find a good school. Ours has an indoor heated pool, which is very nice. My daughter is 6yo and has been taking lessons for over 3 years. She is confident in the pool, with no fear. She's learning how to be safe and even how to rescue someone else with a life preserver.
Candida - posted on 10/15/2012
Anytime now. There are usually mommy and baby swim classes in many communities. I started my son around this time as well. He is now 8 years old and is a little fish :-) I highly encourage getting your child comfortable with water the sooner the better.
Kris - posted on 11/09/2010
She's old enough already. A community pool with classes for babies should be great for her. I started my little one in a class when she was 6 months. I had a ball. Or you can just go to the pool with her and walk around with her in your arms. Work on blowing bubbles with your mouth and showing her how fun it is to put your mouth in the water. She may get a kick out of that. Good luck!
Lana - posted on 11/09/2010
I wanted to take my little guy to swimming lessons at 5-6mths.
Since I am a working mom, I wasn't able to and was worried about guessing.
Now I actually teach my son swimming myself. I found the website www.uswim.com.
It's quite amazing because it is completely free and shows parents the steps they take should if they want to teach babies, but i think you can teach older kids as well.
It has been 8 months since I started teaching and now we go every week. Harrison now paddles by himself, turns around and grabs on to the edge of the pool. I have decided to keep him swimming so he never gets scared of the water.
Highly recommend the website and teaching your kids yourself.
Tara - posted on 09/24/2010
honestly ladies, i went to the pool with my daughter when she was like 3 or 4 months old and at first she didnt like the water,but she took to it really fast and now enjoys going frequently.shes not in lessons but we just go as a family and play in the water.shes now 10 months old and loves to splash and kick her legs.
Tanya - posted on 09/24/2010
We started swimming lessons when my son was just shy of 4 months old. He's almost 2 1/2 now, and he loves the water. My mother and I take him to the pool every week (except during the summer when we're out at the cottage), and he just started his 3rd swim class. Of course, your child is older, the whole goal is to get them comfortable in the water. The real "swimming" won't happen for a while. :)
Maria - posted on 09/24/2010
I introduced swimming pool to my son when he was 16 months old and to my daughter when she was 3 months old with method of Finnish Baby Swimming. By the age of 4 I introduced both of them Scuba Diving equipments. And when they were 5 years old they both were tested with Scandinavian 200 metres Able To Swim -test that they passed easily. When my son was 12 years old, he passed CMAS P1 / NAUI Scuba Diver -course with me. One of his hobbies is also sailing at the summer-time. My daughter and son doesn't train swimming in a competitive way - but they enjoy swimming still regurlarly, 1-3 times / week the whole year around (in the summer in the open water and in the winter in the swimming-halls. They have also usually once a year taken apart in a 10-days swimming course for children over here - which is great fun for them to learn more swimming skills with other children and with an adult that is someone else than their own parents.
I think you should take apart local baby-swimming classes or educate yourself to a baby-swimming instructor or swimming-teacher.
Have fun in the water with your child - supervised and safely! Remember the old rule that don't go swimming before its 60-90 minutes from last meal (that minimizes the most the risk of making a poo in the pool) and don't go swimming if you're sick or tired or in a bad mood and swim in the water that's at least + 30-32 degrees of Celsius (when your child is under 12 months old) with your child and start with shorter perioids like 10-15 minutes in the water until your child enjoys comfortably playing with you up to 30 minutes in the water etc.
Remember also that the most important thing that you and other people can do for yourself and for the other people is to take good care of your hygiene before going into a swimming-pool and afterwards. That minimizes the risk of getting any problems with the chemicals that are used in swimming-pools to keep the water clean for it's users safety! That means learning to take a shower with washing-shampoo before and after swimming in the pool and keeping your swimming-suit clean. And you can show your child to have more fun as his/her parent in the water if you wet your hair in the shower and keeping long hair tied up, using a swimming-suit that doesn't drop into a water while you're palying in a water with your child and your skin likes the swimming-pool water more if you don't were any make-up!
Sara - posted on 09/23/2010
You could certainly do it now. Make sure you rinse your baby off before you get in the pool, it will help her absorb fewer chemicals into her skin. And rinse her off on the way out, too. Just bring her in slowly, and hold her close until she relaxes a bit. Then you can get her used to the feel of moving through the water and take it from there.
I agree with everyone's "now"! My son and I took a class in the spring when he was a year old. This summer, on vacation, he showed no fear of the water and actually jumped into the pool without warning twice- thankfully, we were right there to quickly catch him. In the moments while he was in the water and we were reaching to get him, he showed that the class helped as he turned upright in the water and held his head up. We're right now enrolled in our 2nd class. Along with my friends, I like the classes offered at the YMCA for their emphasis on safety.
Sharon - posted on 09/23/2010
We took our LO into the pool this summer at around 5 months old. I was very nervous about it so I checked with our pediatrician and they said it was fine as long as you used common sense - meaning don't keep them in the sun too long with that sweet sensitive baby skin, always keep a very good eye on them and rinse off afterward due to the chlorine and other chemicals (again, that sensitive baby skin)
She wasn't giddy or anything about the water, but she wasn't upset by it either. She just seemed very calm and a little curious.
Sigrun - posted on 09/23/2010
4 months old. Where I live they offer baby swimming lessons for babies 4-6 months old. My eldest was 6 months when she started and that was too old in my opinion. They've all but lost that reflex at that age that allows them to hold their breath under water.
Megan - posted on 09/18/2010
I taught swim lessons for a little while. I honestly believe that the earlier you get your child in the pool and start making them comfortable in it, the better for the child. For their nine months of gestation, they were floating around in--hello?--water. At 6 months old, your daughter is obviously not going to remember the womb, but the sensation is probably familiar to her. With you in the water with her, she should be comfortable, and in order to TEACH your child anything about the water, he/she must first be comfortable in the water. I think a lot of parents don't introduce their children to the water soon enough because of their own personal fears, but I have found that every child I know who is a afraid of the water was 4 or 5 before they were really introduced to the water. Think about it: Would you rather have your first experience in a pool (scary enough for any kid) be in the arms of your mom or dad? Or in some random class with a bunch of other kids your age and no mom or dad in sight? Seems like a no-brainer to me.
Ronna - posted on 09/17/2010
Yes, you can your baby to swim always accompanied by yourself. You can put her the arm floats and see for youself if she floats well in th pool. My 3 year old Carla started really young and she can swim on her own but always supervised by an adult.
Jennifer - posted on 09/16/2010
WARNING!!! So we put our daughter in Swimming lessons at the YMCA as soon as she turned 6 months old. It was great!! She loved the class. However....during one of the classes she spit up (what 6 month old doesn't spit up occasionally?) and the instructor flipped out and made everyone get out of the pool and they actually closed down the whole pool because some of her spit up got in the water! As a mom I honestly don't get embarrassed with too much because kids will be kids but I left our swimming class so embarrassed!! Unfortunately we did not return to class because of this! My daughter is now 4 years old and loves swimming so no harm done!
Krista - posted on 09/16/2010
Our son took ISR classes (Infant Swim Rescue) at 6 months. It taught him to float and turn over in the water if for some reason he ever was in a situation where he needed these skills. We bought. a small inflatible wade pool for the backyard this summer and he loved it!
Lika - posted on 09/15/2010
I had a wading pool that I put in the back yard for the summer, and in the basement for the winter... It's not as hard as you think to teach babies how to float, glide through the water, etc. Relax and enjoy. By the time mine was 6, he was already treading water, doing a basic crawl and doggie paddle and floating on his back in a regular pool with a 10 ft section w/o fear. Eventually, we had my mom pay for classes, and he still remembers a lot.
When ever you are comfortable taking her into a pool and when she is big enough to wear either a disposable swim diaper or a reusable kind.
My son accompanied me in a mom and tot aquafit class at the age of 6 months of age.
We entered into the equivalent of creative movement but in the water for toddlers when he was a year. This year at the age of two we are in a transition class from the "fun" swim class to a classic type swim class.
My son loves the water. We have a hard time keeping him out of it. We do a lot of camping and canoeing so teaching him to respect the water and how to move through the water is important to us.
Kelly - posted on 09/14/2010
We started our eldest at 8 months and our youngest at four months. Both took to it straight away and absolutely love it. We chose to start early because we have a pool at home and wanted to be confident about taking them in. We went through a local swim school and it has been great. Apart from teaching the children to swim they also educate the parents on water safety and drill in about not becoming complacent around pool and water safety just because the kids are having lessons.
Amy - posted on 09/14/2010
You can typically start at any time. It depends on where your looking but at a local YMCA I think they had 6-12 month age group, then 1-2 years, etc. We would have gotten our son into swimming but just haven't had the money yet.
Christie - posted on 09/14/2010
NOW!!!! All my children were introduced to pools and swimming at 6 months they all swim great because of it..they even have lessons for babies at most rec centers..and lotion baby good after being in the pool because of the chlorine...6 months is a great time
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