Baby Swimming Lessons: 10 Important Tips for Parents

baby swimming underwater on her own and smiling

Dear parents,

Would you agree that helping children develop good aquatic skills as early as possible is important?

Did you know that latest research validates that early aquatic activity can contribute to strengthening your baby’s muscles, coordination, and balance?

What about relationships and quality time with the parents?

Do you know that your toddler will be able to swim 25 meters independently by the age of 4 if they persistently participate in our aquatic education program?

Aquanat has developed a unique, therapeutic method aimed to teach tangible aquatic skills to babies while incorporating extra stimulation to encourage strengthening of their muscles, and building of their self-confidence, independence, creativity, and social skills.

The method teaches parents how to facilitate their child’s learning, all the while improving the bond between parents and their babies.

Last but not least, as some of our clients report, your children will soon become little dolphins!

Here are 10 tips to help you make the most of your swimming lessons with your child:

1. Things you can you do before your first water session

Happy bath time: bathing is more than just getting clean. When being supervised, babies can find a whole new world of pleasure, games and fun in their bath time. You can create a magical beautiful space with toys, colours and murals, and play background music, but most of all share spacious precious time with your baby’s bath activities.

Being present, and from time to time active participation, reinforce feeling safe and connected, opens up opportunities to share the joy, and introduces opportunities to play and learn.

2. Food before, during, and after

It is recommended to eat around 20-30 minutes before the lesson, especially for younger babies 10 weeks -18 months.

Young babies and toddlers do not have the endurance or skills to withstand feeling hangry during their aquatic sessions. They will probably be agitated and wouldn’t be able to tell you why the lesson is suddenly no longer attractive for them.

It is also important to feed sufficient time before the session, so that food won’t be emitted or create heaviness. Being fed in too short a time before the water session can result in a discharge or in trapped air causing discomfort. You can help your baby by holding under her arms and by slowly lifting and lowering her body in and out of the water.

The changing pressure of the water, by a confident attentive parent, will be very reassuring and can help the baby release the tension and the air into the water!

As muscles are built during sleep and our immune system gets stronger after exercise, care should be taken to give the baby food before bed and after class as well.

Children who eat immediately after class and fall asleep, build the muscle better and progress faster.

3. Arrive to your lesson at least 15 minutes early

When you arrive early you have plenty of time to prepare for the session in a relaxed way. Having enough time to get ready provides an opportunity to establish a calm and relaxed environment for both yourself and your child. Taking a few minutes to connect with the pool environment can help the child to be more receptive to learning and interaction in the lesson.

Humans respond to one another’s nervous systems, and babies learn by mirroring their caregivers at a young age, hence, by self-regulating your own state of mind, you are helping your child do the same.

4. Create a ritual before the session