There are many reasons why teaching your babies to swim is the best thing you can do for them this summer. It is a stimulating and enriching experience for both the parents and the babies. It could be a daunting or an intimidating task for parents who are trying it for the first time, but swimming is an inevitable and vital life skill. Let it be your newborn’s first gift from you. However, there are few things you will need to take care of before their lessons.
1. Water safety
Children who are deprived of the ability to swim lose out on the joy of being in the pool just for play and start to fear for the time they are going to swim like a stone. Hence, it is important for them to be able to hack into this ability with full force and learn a skill needed to survive in unfortunate situations, as well as for fun.
2. Physical and mental health
Childhood obesity is not an emerging issue. It is a major problem that parents need to tackle to keep their babies healthy and fit. Swimming provides a complete physical workout and stimulates the five senses. It is a good engaging physical activity for the babies.
Parents are the children’s biggest influence. And when they are a baby they tend to imitate the parent. So if a parent fears being in the water, their children will as well, but teaching them to swim earlier in life eliminates this problem. This may also boost a parent’s confidence to get in the water and motivate them to try swimming if they haven’t learned it already.
4. Develops co-ordination
Swimming helps babies with their co-ordination and balance. It is also proven that babies who have learned swimming can grasp objects faster than those who have not learned to swim. These babies also tend to have a better balance out of the pool.
5. Develops learning skills
When they are being called, encouraged and interacted with in the pool, a baby’s mental skills improve as does their understanding ability. This may help them to do well academically in the future.
babies do not need to wait for their vaccinations to go swimming. Swimming helps build the muscles and joints of the baby, as it is an all muscle engaging activity. This, in turn, will make them stronger. It also contributes to the development of the baby’s heart, lung, and brain.
7. Improves sleeping pattern and appetite
It is a known fact that it is hard to make a child sleep. While swimming does not help them to sleep all night, it surely does make them sleepy and that is a boon for parents. This gentle exercise also makes them hungry, giving you a good chance to feed them nutritious food.
In this fast-paced world, it is a miracle if parents are satisfied with the amount of time they get to spend with their children. Swimming could be one of those activities that help you bond with your favorite human.