Getting your child ready for baby swim lessons requires a little prep from mom and dad too! You will probably be surprised at how quickly toddlers and even young babies take to the water, but finding the most success is a lot easier when you prepare beforehand.
Here are some things to get your kid ready for their swim class debut:
Mommy & Me classes. The best preparation for baby swim lessons is a “Mommy & Me” type swim class. These classes are designed to provide babies with quality time in the water, in a safe environment and with your support close by. Exercises build confidence, provide fun, and create curiosity and comfort in the water.
Water comfort exercises. The bathtub is a great place to help your child become more comfortable in the water, the younger the better:
- Use a bucket to pour water over your baby’s head, providing time between dunks for your baby to get accustomed to the feeling.
- Encourage your baby to put their face in the water, blow bubbles, splash and play.
- Put on swim goggles to let your baby take a peek underwater and explore.
Work at these exercises and your child will associate the water with fun and enjoyment.
Proper swim gear. Your baby needs the right equipment to get the most from baby swim lessons, here is the gear you will need:
- If your child is not potty trained, swim diapers are a necessity. This includes the diaper itself and plastic outer pants, with a swimsuit over.
- Swim goggles help your baby see underwater and feel more comfortable.
- Some babies are more comfortable in a rash guard.
Baby swim lessons are one of the most important things you can do for your child to keep them safe. I love helping out parents with young children in swim lessons here in Houston, if you have any questions about what to expect or what you need, ask me in the comments.