Benefits of Infant Swimming Time

Even though there are numerous studies that prove infants can breathe and swim in the water even without proper training, some of the people still think that throwing their infant at the pool is a crazy thing to do. They may be thinking that babies cannot hold their breath and would cause them to drown. However, having a swimming session can be very beneficial to your infants and babies.

If you have a pool in your house and you have an infant, we encourage you to have a swimming time with your babies. Of course, before you let them plunge into the water, make sure that you have good pool maintenance, or if you are using the public pool, make sure that it is safe for the babies and that it does not contain harmful and harsh chemicals. The babies have delicate skin and doctors do not advise to bathe your babies in chlorinated pools and water until they are passed six months old.

But why do they need to have infant swim time?

1.It improves their confidence

There is a study conducted in 2010 that shows children aging four years old and who were taught swimming lessons when they were 2 months old until 4 years, were able to adapt to new situations in their lives as it gave them more confidence and made them more independent.

Also, prior to this study, old research has linked swimming to infants having the following:

  • Greater self-control
  • Better self-esteem
  • Stronger desire to succeed in life
  • More comfort in social situations

2.It reduces their chances of drowning in the future

It is always better to learn something earlier than later. Infants and preschoolers who are taught how to swim can effectively reduce their chances of getting drowned during the session compared to children who are taught years several years later.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics or commonly known as AAP, children getting drowned is among the leading causes of deaths in toddlers are children, and families who have swimming pools are the mostly the victim. If you have a swimming pool in your house, it is better to teach your children as soon as you can to avoid accidents and unexpected things to happen in the future.

According to numerous studies, children under one 1 year old can already be taught how to swim.

3.It improves their cognitive functioning

Different physical activities especially swimming can help your baby’s brain to grow and function. Over time, this may help them improve the following:

  • Spatial awareness
  • Reading skills
  • Academic learning in the future
  • Language development

The babies would need to kick and use their arms and legs while being submerged in the water which makes the brain register the tactile sensation plus the resistance in the water.

Final Thoughts

There is no such thing as “too early” to teach your young ones with life skill that at the same time can improve their abilities and brain functioning. Although much research is needed to publish to establish this claim, a lot of parents and practitioners already have been doing this technique to teach their infants swimming as early as 1 to 2 years old.