Swimming - a vital skill for babies to learn

Swimming should be something all babies get to take part in


As a child I was a swimmer. I got up at 5am to swim before school and the minute the school bell ran I would head back to the pool for a gym and pool session. Before I joined the club I used to swim with my family. I started to swim without any aids at 1.5 years of age so I have always enjoyed playing in water and I would love Molly to feel as comfortable in the water as I do. For this reason we have taken Molly swimming since she was around 4 weeks of age.

swimming

Since birth Molly loved her bath, the midwife even commented on how relaxed she was when she got her first ever bath, so we were sure she would love swimming and she did. The first time we took her we took her to the local pool but it was too cold for us let alone her and it was not quite so fun. The second time we took her to a baby pool which was much warmer and she loved it. She was so relaxed that she even started to fall asleep in the pool. From then on she has enjoyed going swimming and gets more and more excited each time we go.
The Department of Health recommends that you can take your baby swimming from a very young age. There is no need to wait until they have been vaccinated. - NHS

We were unsure about taking her so young as we had thought she should have her injections before jumping into the pool but we saw that NHS guidelines say you no longer need to wait for injections before starting swimming so we decided there was no need to wait.

One thing we hate doing is dunking her under the water - we do it but  I get so nervous each time. She doesn't seem to mind though and never moans when we do it. She doesn't mind having water on her face which is great as it makes swimming and showering so much easier.

swimmingpool

Since she has been young we have taken her to the pool a lot. In fact we have just signed up for our Council's gym membership which means we can go swimming as much as we like without thinking about how much it will cost us. We have gone a couple of times in the past few days and I will probably take her a few times a week without my hubby as I don't need to worry about cost. This will also help me get back on track with my fitness as it will mean I can go to the gym, swim or play badminton.

Today we found out that the council have a swimming scheme for pre-school children so we put Molly's name down for that. We were warned there were hundreds on the list before her but we are not too concerned as she doesn't need to be in lessons any time soon but I would like her to get into lessons as early as possible.

We spoke to one of the swimming teachers who were are the pool today ans she said that she can tell the difference between those children who swam a lot pre-school to those who never went and we would like Molly to be a child who loves being in the water as much as she does now, when she is older.

 

Training Mummy

Training Mummy is a 30 something mum to two beautiful children - a girl born February 2014 and a boy born in October 2015.

4 comments :

  1. Couldn't agree more with how important a life skill this is. My two little ones have had lessons from pre-school age and it makes a difference as they both love the water!

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  2. Molly loves the water and I love taking her but I do hope we get her into lessons as soon as possible just to make sure we don't miss out on anything and she continues to love the water.

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  3. I've been taking my little one since he was 10 weeks and we love it. He's very relaxed and loves the water so hopefully will stay that way!

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    1. I think it os such an essential skill and something they should enjoy from as early on as possible. Glad your wee one likes it :)

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