The Benefits of Baby and Infant Swimming
Benefits of baby and infant swimming are varied and include safety, health and development, bonding and psychological benefits.
Drowning is the second greatest cause of accidental death in industrialised countries. In excess of 50% of cases actually occur close to the waters edge. Infant swimming cannot guarantee to safeguard against drowning, but your little one has a much improved chance of survival if familiarity with water allows them to be relaxed in case of an accidental fall into water.
During our sessions your little one will learn to hold their breath, hold on at the side, turn in the water, and after entering the water come back to the side - essential skills that could one day save their life.
Toddlers are at risk of becoming over confident. When little ones begin to swim unaided more caution is needed to prevent an accident from occurring.
Health & Development
Baby swimming makes an early start to an active lifestyle. Swimming enables little ones to exercise muscle groups that are otherwise restricted by their inability to sit up, stand or walk. It can also help respiratory functions.
Babies that take part in baby swimming programmes are thought to be healthier and happier. Research shows that early swimmers perform better on tests measuring social, academic, motor and personality developments.
The aquatic environment delivers a multi-sensory stimulation. Both the physical contact and eye contact with parents also gives quality stimulation. This can be more so invaluable for premature or special needs babies.
The whole experience enables you and your little one to spend time together and may help consolidate the bonding process.
The more you put into your swim session the more you will see both you and your baby benefit.
Often parents / carers who come along to the swim session have fear of water themselves that they do not want their little one to have, spending time in the a water in a nurturing and fun environment may help you yourself become more confident.
Baby swimming can encourage your little one to feel both independent and self-confident as they discover how to move unaided, for short distances, through the water. This then in turn, develops a toddler who is so very keen to show-off their skills!
As your sessions progress, and you develop new skills, you will find both you and your little becoming more confident with each other in the water world.