Swimming with your baby

Advice on the benefits of taking your baby swimming with information on baby swimming lessons and classes and the opportunity to purchase a range of baby swimming aids and toys.
Taking your baby swimming has huge benefits for you and your baby:
  • Babies get a complete physical workout
  • Babies get completely free movement in the water, which they would not get otherwise
  • Being in the water improves core muscle development and co-ordination
  • Eating and sleeping patterns are improved
  • Responding to commands can make your baby sharper mentally
  • Swimming in water is the only time a baby can be completely independent
  • It is fun and socially stimulating
It is generally agreed that you do not need to wait until your baby has been immunised to take him or her swimming, as the chlorine in the water will prevent any danger of infectious diseases. However do not go swimming if your baby is unwell.

A small baby can become cold and possibly overwhelmed so keep swimming times short and take your baby out if he or she starts to shiver. Water should be at least 32 degrees for a small baby.

When you are in the water let your baby enjoy the sensations and get used to the water. Keep your face at your baby's eye level.

Many special swimming classes exist, these have a clear structure, including some underwater swimming (this is safe as your baby's diving reflex takes over). Though you can begin swimming with your baby when you feel the time is right for you, many classes do not begin until babies are 12 weeks old. You may also want to wait until after your six week check.

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how old can a baby be before you can take them swimming?
by littlelilly 5th May 2009, 12:17pm
I think taken a baby swimming is the best thing you can do with a baby. Iam not a mother my self but a baby-obsessed auntie, i love! my litlle nephew who is 2 this april, he loves the water and is very fond of it!! (Try getting him out the bath!) i think that starting from a young age it can stop things in the future like them being scared of water and swimmin it could also be a sport they can use.
by gilbykenna 25th Feb 2009, 9:27am
My son and I go to classes run by babyswimming.co.uk. The instructor is great and classes are small. Isaac loves it and has more fun in the water than other kiddies much older than him
by weestretch 3rd Nov 2008, 10:14am
We have just completed our first course of lessons with Seriously Fun Swimming Schools (whom I think are local to Berks, Bucks, Middx) and they were great. I had a bad experience with our last lessons and these guys have small classes, warm pools and it doesn't feel like a cattle market which helped restore my confidence and enthusiasm for swimming lessons.
by eban 27th Jun 2007, 4:19pm
While away on holiday my baby daughter (then 4 months) and I enjoyed a few swim sessions in a small group of max 8 babies. Back home now and I'm trying to find a pool where we could do similar things but only a few pools actually offer "adult & toddler" in my arean (so she'll be too small...), and all of them only do it during the week. I will have to go back to work soon so I won't be able to take her at all unless I go part-time, which I can't afford. It's really a shame that it's so hard to find a place for baby swimming...
by Geordie 1st May 2007, 2:50pm