We are exploring misconceptions and looking at the positive effects of infant swim lessons.
#1 Parent tot classes are just about play
Learning through play has been proven to have significant benefit in early childhood development. Swimming also builds motor skills that affect balance, strength and coordination. This is a kind of learning that is lifelong and can’t be taught in a classroom. Finally, baby swimming lessons lay the groundwork for a potentially life-saving skill.
#2 Ear Infections from Swimming
Water in the ear doesn’t automatically turn into an ear infection. The ear has a natural defense that cleans and prevents infection. Infections sometimes can happen but drying your swimmers head, face and ears after swimming just like you would and he’ll be ok.
#3 Swimming isn’t Safe for Small Babies
Babies are far more comfortable in the water than on the ground. In fact they have an natural ability to demonstrate swimming motions. As exciting as it is, it’s always important to always keep a hold of them though, they are not yet swimmers. Swimming is a low-impact environment, which allows them to use their senses, explore and stretch their muscles without the comfortableness of scraped knees and bruised foreheads.
#4 Chlorine is harsh for Infants
Commercial pools used for swimming lessons are required to maintain a healthy level of chlorine. The chlorine is diluted to a level of safety that should not affect an infants’ skin. Also, infant classes are typically under 30 minutes in duration so their exposure is minimal.
But if you are still worried, a little rinse in the shower with mild soap and water will after pool time and after drying off applying lotion should do the trick to keep your little swimmers skin soft and smooth. The water is a fantastic place to bond with your infant. Your little swimmer will grow in more ways than you can imagine with swim lessons and, the wonderful memories of you and your now baby will last forever.