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Why I’m starting swimming lessons before his first birthday – and you should too.
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However, all opinions are my own.
Ever since I learned we were pregnant, I knew that our baby will receive swimming lessons early In life. What I didn’t know – and learned later – was that you can start them really young. You can even do water activities before their first vaccine!
“Every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two are children aged 14 or younger. For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries”CDC Report on Unintentional Drowning
We live in Florida, therefore we are always around water. We love the water so much we even have a boat! because our definition of fun usually means boat+water.
Our weekends are constantly enjoying the Florida weather and
I asked a friend who is a swim
You might say that I am exagerating by putting Manny in swim classes before his first birthday, but I don’t think I am. I think the younger they learn how to be safe in the water the better. Swim lessons allow them to enjoy the water in a safe manner.
Am I expecting him to swim by his first birthday with these swimming lessons? Absolutely not. Am I expecting for him to be one of those babies that flip to their back on their own and swim to the surface? I don’t know much about this technique or the research behind its effectiveness in child safety. I’m open to this method if it will make him be safer or other methods of water safety techniques.
What am I expecting? I’m expecting to have the peace of mind that I am giving my son valuable tools for him to learn how to have fun and enjoy the water in a safe manner.
At 9 months, Manny took 5 swimming lessons with a private instructor.
During those swim lessons Manny has learned:
- How not to reach in into the water. A danger he could lose balance trying to reach out for a toy and fall.
- How to sit, STOP, and then roll to his belly and back into the pool.
- He started understanding the concept of playing in the stairs and the concept to kick while being supported to reach a toy.
- He started to learn and trust to float on his back – although he still needs a lot of work with this. He still gets very scared.
Manny might have a long way to go, and repeating the same exercises over and over again might be boring to me, but I understand the importance of this repetition for him to get comfortable with the concepts.
If you choose the right class setting, your kids will take these classes as a fun activity vs. a torture event. Manny cried for three classes and I quickly realized that he needs me inside the water with him along with the instructor. He is still very little to be with just the instructor.
When to start swimming lessons? my answer would be as soon as they get out of the womb!
The sooner they start getting comfortable with the water the better. From playing in the
If you would like to follow our journey as I share his milestones and what he learns, I will be sharing our progress through my social channels: Instagram, Facebook, and