Goldfish Swim school recommends starting your child in swim classes before a year of age but starts lessons as early as 4 months of age. Not convinced yet? Check out these facts:
1. It’s natural
Babies have an instinct when it comes to water. They were in fluid the full first 9 months of their life after all. As children grow up, they develop fears. Therefore, the earlier you introduce them back into the water, the less likely they will be to fear it. Toddlers may have to adjust to the water, whereas babies will have an easier time enjoying it.
2. Bath time Comfort
I’m sure most of us parents know how difficult giving a bath can be when your child isn’t comfortable with water. Myles used to throw a fit when it came to washing his hair because he hated water on his head! Since starting at Goldfish Swim School, he now takes showers and puts his head under the water without assistance.
3. Time Saver
Along with comfort comes the ability to take your little one into the shower with you. When it comes time for your baby to take a nap, what do you do during that break? Most of us would choose sleep over showering. Why not shower while your child is awake? Just take them safely into the shower with you.
4. Peace of Mind
Now, I’m not saying drop your 6 month old into the ocean and let them swim on their own. However, there comes a peace of mind with having your child in swim lessons. They learn the basic skills to get themselves out of the water if needed and how to stay above the water if they are unable to get out right away. This means taking your baby to the beach or to the pool is less stressful and more enjoyable!
As mentioned above, I don’t expect Charlotte to start swimming before the age of 1. I don’t expect Myles to swim on his own at 3 either. We simply want them to be comfortable in the water. They shouldn’t fear the water, but rather respect it. With that being said, hopefully this will help others see why starting swim lessons young may be better than waiting.
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