Baby swimming is one of the most rewarding activities parents chose to do with their babies, it is a great way of bonding whilst giving the opportunity to learn life long skills.
At Swimming Wonders, we teach parents to teach their babies to swim. We use voice commands to instruct babies to respond to directions. We teach them how to be ready for underwater swims holding their breath, holding on, turning around, kicking and having fun along the way.
Over the years and with all the experience gained teaching over 300 babies a week , we have designed a well thought out and thorough program which allows the little ones to develop their skills in a structured way with the help and love of their parents.
Baby swimming has lots of benefits for the little ones. Firstly initiating a perfect way to exercise – the water fully supports the babies, allowing them to move more freely then they do on land. Which in turn, helps with strength development for their muscles. Secondly, Baby Swimming prevents developing a fear of the water. When babies are introduced to the classes at a young age, their first memories of the water and swimming are those of fun, enjoyment and water safety.
Swimming Wonders is the ideal way to start socialising with your baby, at the same time as learning. Our classes have a maximum of 10 babies, and each child gets individual attention while being in a social group watching and interacting with their peers learning and having fun.
TIPS WHEN FIRST INTRODUCING YOUR BABY TO WATER
Swimming is a fun and rewarding activity and it should be introduced to babies as such.
I don’t think there is a “too soon” age to be introduced in the water, the younger your baby is the happier they are likely to be. Don’t forget, they’ve only just left the comfort of the mother’s womb, so being in warm water will still feel entirely natural. One of our youngest babies started at 4 weeks old. The longer you wait to introduce them to the water, the harder it is as toddlers develop resistance to instructions and become more apprehensive to get in the water.
You can follow the below top tips when introducing your baby to the water.
- Make sure the temperature of the pool/ bath is between 30-34 degrees. Until children are a year old, their ability to regulate body temperature may not be fully developed.
Make it a bonding experience. Lots of skin-to-skin contact is key. This will make them feel secure and relax in the new environment and it is a great way to bond
Gentle start- When getting in the pool for the first time, make sure you enter slowly, feet first and slowly submerge the rest of their body. Bounce gently whilst cuddling them without abrupt movements until you feel they are becoming more comfortable
Always hold your baby– Stay within arm’s reach at all times as a general rule
- Listen to your baby– All babies are different and each react to the water differently. It’s very important to listen to the cues your child gives you, and never push them to do things if they don’t seem comfortable. Not only is this safer, but making it a traumatic experience will make it much harder to teach them to swim
WATER SAFETY TIPS WITH BABIES AND TODDLERS
While we want to ensure that our babies and toddlers enjoy their time in the water, it is paramount that both children and parents appreciate the real danger that water can pose.
Babies and children can drown in less than 2 cm of water and it can happen in a matter of seconds Children ages 1-4 years old have the highest drowning rates and in a place like Dubai where we are constantly surrounded by water it is very important parents teach their little ones the importance of staying safe around the water.
TOP 4 SAFETY TIPS
Never, ever, leave your child unattended around water. A quick Instagram or FB check on your phone can be all it takes for a little one to drown.
If you have a backyard pool make sure you have it either fenced or have a pool cover to avoid falling in.
Be aware that it is not just swimming pools and the sea that pose a risk. In the home be vigilant at bath time, with full buckets, even a full kitchen sink, if you have a climber.
Start swimming young. Kids can begin swim classes as soon as they are born. Joining baby swimming courses will teach you and your baby some safety measures when in the pool like holding the breath once underwater, holding on the side of the pool or even not jumping unless an adult give you the thumbs up to do so.