Benefits of baby swimming
Baby swimming has so many benefits – for both of you – that it's hands-down one of the best things you can do with your little one from when they''re just a few weeks old.
Benefits for your baby
It goes without saying that teaching your little one how to be safe in and around water is a skill that could help to save their life one day.
But taking your little one to regular baby swimming lessons
has lots more benefits for their overall development and wellbeing, too.
Great for their brain development
Incredibly, your baby’s brain develops more rapidly during the first year than at any other time of life, and physical movement plays an important role in this.
The different exercises used in teaching your baby to swim are all excellent for improving their co-ordination; while learning to respond to verbal cues, such as ‘reach’, ‘hold on’, ‘turn and swim to mummy/daddy’, helps make them more alert.
Research* shows that all this increased brain stimulation eventually leads to enhanced learning.
Fantastic for their physical development
Because your baby uses so many more muscles when they’re swimming than when they’re on dry land, it gives their little bodies a complete workout and is a great way to strengthen their heart and lungs.
Swimming also strengthens those developing arm, leg and neck muscles, while reaching for toys helps stimulate the natural movement of their arms and legs.
You'll probably also notice that they sleep & eat better after a swim!
Helps with emotional development
The physical contact of being held in the water by you is superb for enhancing the bond between you and your baby (so you’ll both enjoy the benefits). And once they learn how to move around in the water by themselves, you’ll enjoy seeing their independence and self-confidence grow.
Your baby will start interacting with other babies as they join in the fun and games, which is great for developing their social skills; and as they get older, you’ll soon find they’re singing along to the songs (though we can’t promise we’ll make singers out of them!).
* The Early Years Swimming Project at Griffith University