Swimming is such an important life skill, and they are encouraging parents to take their little ones swimming from an early age to encourage water confidence. It is best to start as early as possible when babies don't have fear or inhibitions. This early confidence in the water gives children the foundations to be confident swimmers later in life, so hopefully we have set our girls up to become good swimmers. Lara had some lessons earlier in the year and loved it although, like most things, they have now stopped over the summer holidays. Why do they do that?!
Swimming helps children in a number of ways advises Katie Matthews, Training and Development Manager at Swimming Nature:
- It increases their confidence in the water.
- Confidence encourages safety.
- Parent and baby swimming is a great bonding exercise.
- Swimming can be a great social activity.
- Physically, the lack of gravity helps improve co-ordination and balance.
- Swimming encourages muscle control.
- It's fun!
Former competitive swimmer Katie has been swimming from the age of 4 months and now teaches children from birth up to 14 years across all levels. She says:
Swimming is a life skill, but, I believe that this also refers to the personal development and dedication that comes from involvement in the sport. Everyone should have the opportunity to learn, have fun and be safe in and around water, let’s make it happen! It’s never too early or late to start, so let’s get swimming.
When you take baby swimming, remember to pack everything you need and get organised in advance. If possible, choose a pool with somewhere safe to put baby whilst you get changed, or ask another adult to go with you. You might even be able to take your pram into the changing room. It is best to visit in advance and have a look at the changing rooms to find out. You don't need to worry about dirty changing tables and benches though as the new HUGGIES® Little Swimmers® Hygiene Mat is perfect for keeping your little one clean and dry while changing. Cushioned and non-slip to ensure baby is safe, and machine washable for hassle-free cleaning.
Also remember to use a strong, leak-proof swimming nappy like HUGGIES Little Swimmers so that both you and baby can maintain your confidence in the water. The first disposable swim nappy, it is made from a special absorbent material that stops the nappy swelling in the water and features unique leak guards to help prevent accidents in the pool. Designed to make change time hassle free, it is the only swim nappy with easy open sides.
Remember too that it is best to feed baby 1-2 hours before swimming, and then immediately afterward, so be prepared!
If your swimming sessions are going to be in an outside pool or you're heading to the beach, don't forget to use good quality UV protection swimmer, like that from Platypus Australia.
For more information and tips on baby swimming visit www.littleswimmers.com