Swimming Lessons For Kids Approved By A Paediatrician Will Help Your Baby Develop  

by Pool Builders on 08-12-2012 in Articles

For several generations now there have been organised swimming lessons for kids of a very young age, typically starting at around 6 months to 12 months in age. However, it is just in recent years that the popularity of swimming for kids that young has begun to skyrocket. This is because paediatricians have finally started to approve swimming for children that are under the age of four years old. Past generations never had the research that we have today, or strong enough evidence to prove that swimming could actually reduce a child's risk of drowning or actually teach and promote swimming skills at what would be considered a proficient level. Doctors were primarily concerned that a child with swimming lessons would gain a false sense of confidence when they were around water, thinking that they were invincible. Parents would also have a false sense of security because they would think that just because the child had taken swimming lessons when they were a baby there was no need to worry about the possible dangers surrounding water.Swimming Will Reduce the Risk of Drowning

Recently, the American Academy of Paediatrics revised the policy on infant and toddler swimming because enough studies and research has shown that swimming for children that young do in fact reduce the risk of drowning. Now they have become advocates for the benefits of toddler swimming lessons.However, despite the American Academy of Paediatrics decision and new stance on swimming lessons, that doesn't necessarily mean that your child will be ready to take swimming lessons just because the classes in your area will accept children as young as 6 months old. It is important to remember as a parent that your child is an individual and their own unique individual development will be what determines the age where they will be ready to take swimming lessons and get the most out of the classes. Pushing a child too hard too young can have devastating consequences and can set back both their social and emotional development. It is best that they come to it on their own. Spend time letting your infant play and splash in the tub more to get them familiar with the water so when they go into a pool they will feel more comfortable and have an easier time acclimating to the water than they may do otherwise.The best way to get your child ready for swimming is to allow them to spend time playing in the bathtub, and engage in playful light splashing with them. You may also want to see if any other parents in your area want to join you for the classes.âEUR?

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