How to Teach Your Baby to Swim: From Birth to Age Six by Douglas DomanTeaching an infant or toddler to swim is not only a matter of safety, but also a great way to stimulate physical coordination, concentration, and intelligence--all the while making your child happier, healthier, and more self-confident. Based on the revolutionary learning principles developed at The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, How To Teach Your Baby To Swim pairs 160 photographs with detailed instructions for teaching your child to dive, float, and swim.
How to Teach your Infant (aged 6-15 months) to Swim
How to Teach Your Baby to Swim
BrillBaby talked to qualified baby-swim instructor Nicole Arnulphy and pediatrician Elsie Lim to answer your most pressing questions about infant swimming. NA: Infant swimming is an excellent way to start your child early along the path to becoming water safe, as well as gaining this important life skill. It's also a great chance for bonding between a baby and her parents. NA: As many times as possible! As for how long, it really depends on the child - until he gets either cold or bored. EL: When it comes to using a swimming pool, I recommend waiting until after the baby's first set of immunizations, at the age of two months. NA: Until about 6 months [the mammalian dive reflex will stop water from getting into a baby's lungs].
If your tot takes to water like a guppy, it may be time to sign up for swim classes. It's definitely a compelling case for signing up your child sooner rather than later. Here are some factors to consider when figuring out whether your little one is ready for swim classes. The group now supports swimming lessons for children ages 1 and older who show signs of pool readiness and are frequently exposed to water the previous recommendation was swim classes for most kids ages 4 and up. If your sweetie seems ready for splashing in something bigger than the bath, discuss the topic of swim lessons with the pediatrician, who can give you a better idea of where your child is developmentally, emotionally and physically, and make a recommendation of a suitable program in your area.
If you have a pool at home, you may wonder what the right age is for your kids to start swimming lessons so they can be safe and feel secure around water. The answer depends on how old your kids are and what you mean by swimming lessons. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends swimming lessons for all children age 4 or older. They used to recommend that you not begin formal swimming lessons until kids are at least 4 years old, the age that children are thought to be "developmentally ready" for swim lessons. However, they are no longer opposed to aquatic programs and swimming lessons for toddlers and preschoolers between the ages of 1 to 4 years old.