Swimming can be an enriching and joyful experience for the whole family. And getting your child to swim at an early age can teach them a few important life skills and help shape their other skills as well. Besides, it is reported that Accidental drowning and submersion amongst kids 1-14 years are the third highest causes of death in Australia. Leaving the shocking details aside let’s just focus on the bright side. Shall we? Here are a few lifelong benefits that babies will have in getting into the pool at an early age.
Teaching Water Safety
As mentioned, by learning to swim at an early age, the child will learn to master safe techniques of swimming and possibly teach someone else to learn a life skill as well. This could save your child’s life as well as another person’s life someday.
And swim time gives an opportunity for skin-to-skin contact between the baby and parents. This is an ideal time for dads to get involved since the mothers have more time with their babies at some level.
Helps Improve Overall Wellbeing
Water naturally relaxes people. Swimming can help improve your baby’s sleep patterns and give him/her a good appetite. Isn’t this good news for all parents?
Swimming can get young children interested in the importance of exercise from an early age. A swimming session will provide a good overall workout for the baby as well as you and strengthens the baby’s lungs and heart whilst stimulating the 5 senses. All the kicking and splashing will allow babies to develop better muscle strength giving them extra leverage as they begin to walk.
By creating a weekly swimming class for your baby along with the family will help create more family time together and becomes a routine practice with benefits in tow. As you begin to make it a regular activity, getting into baby swimwear will let your baby know that it’s time to have some fun.
Increases Learning and Co-Ordination
Proven studies have concluded that children who started swimming at a young age have advanced motor development, intelligence, and social skills. These skills include the ability to solve math problems, follow instructions, and sharpened language skills. Besides this swimming improves coordination and balance in babies through the usage of swim toys. They learn to have better balance and grasp objects with much ease.
Babies are natural swimmers. With the kind of ability, they have in the water, they’re able to take the water with much more confidence than adults. Learning to swim and developing mentally and physically through water play will help them become more independent and give them increased confidence. It also prevents fear of water.
The Younger the Better
As we said babies are just natural swimmers. There are no special requirements or skills that your baby needs to pass before getting into a pool starting from ages to motor skills or even completing a vaccination chart. All you need to do is follow a few safety rules and keep an eye on them and that’s it.