Did you know that babies can start swimming as soon as they’re born? Most babies are born with an innate ability to control their breathing and will automatically move their arms and legs in a swimming motion when in water (the Bradycardic response).
As long as you and baby are healthy and have no open wounds (possible risk of infection), you are safe to swim. The NHS confirms: “You can take your baby swimming at any age… It doesn’t matter if they haven’t yet completed their course of vaccinations”.
Being surrounded by warm water is reminiscent of being in the womb for your baby, so the experience should feel quite familiar and relaxing for them. It’s a great bonding experience for you and your baby, and for your partner and other children – swimming is a fun and healthy activity for all the family.
Swimming can do wonders for your baby’s confidence, both in and out of the water. Getting baby swimming early will help develop her motor skills and heighten her senses.
With just a few basic preparations, you and your baby will be ready to take to the water:
- Choose a pool with warmer water – at least 30°C to 32°C
- Invest in a sturdy swim nappy
- Make sure the pool has baby changing facilities
- Take plenty of fluffy towels for both of you!
At Swimkidz we only use warm water pools and babies can join us from birth in our hydro pools. All our lessons are baby led; our world-class trained instructors work hard to ensure every moment spent in your lessons is fun filled and memorable. We carefully explain exactly what we are doing and why with clear demonstrations; in effect, we are teaching you to teach your little one.
Swimkidz will be there with you every step of the way to ensure your experience with us is amazing. Contact us today to find your nearest class.
Reference: When can I take my baby swimming?