Infant, Baby, and Toddler Swimming lessons at AquaTech Swim

One of the most popular line of questioning we get is about infant, baby and toddler swimming lessons. From questions like, what age should a child learn to swim to what are the benefits of infants learning how to swim? So we decided to write an article that can help answer your questions about Infant, baby and toddler swimming lessons. 

Get your infant, baby and toddler swimming at AquaTech! Between our recreational options of AquaBaby and/or our more structured experience of Tadpole level lessons, we’ve got you covered! We also have a free trial lesson for all new Tadpoles! When your baby isn’t old enough to walk, it may seem silly to take them to the pool. But there can be so many benefits to splashing around and gliding through the water. Being in the water engages your baby’s body in a completely unique way, creating billions of new neurons as your baby kicks, glides, and smacks at the water. Children who don’t get their feet wet until later tend to be more fearful and negative about swimming. Younger children are also usually less resistant to floating on their backs, a skill that babies can learn! Let’s review some of the benefits of infant, baby and toddler swim:  

 

Infant, baby and toddler swim lessons improve cognitive functioning:

Infant, baby and toddler swimming lessons improve cognitive functioning: Bilateral cross-patterning movements, which use both sides of the body to carry out an action, help your baby’s brain grow. Cross-patterning movements build neurons throughout the brain, but especially in the corpus callosum. This facilitates communication, feedback, and modulation from one side of the brain to another. Down the road, this will improve:

  • reading skills
  • language development
  • academic learning
  • spatial awareness

When swimming, your baby moves their arms while kicking their legs. And they’re doing these actions in water, which means their brain is registering the tactile sensation of water plus its resistance. Swimming is also a unique social experience, which furthers its brain-boosting power.

Infant, baby and toddler swimming lessons improve confidence:

Infant, baby and toddler swimming lessons improve confidence: Our infant, baby and toddler options include elements like water play, songs, and skin-to-skin contact with parents or caregivers. Children interact with one another and the instructor and begin to learn to function in groups. These elements, plus the fun of learning a new skill, will boost your baby’s self-esteem.Studies have shown that 4-year-old children who had taken swim lessons at some time from the age of 2 months to 4 years were better adapted to new situations, had more self-confidence, and were more independent than non-swimmers.

Infant, baby and toddler swimming lessons increases quality time between caregivers and babies:

Infant, baby and toddler swimming lessons increases quality time between caregivers and babies: Even if you have more than one child, swim time that involves a parent in the water promotes one-on-one bonding. During a swimming lesson, it’s just you and your little one focused on each other, so it’s a wonderful way to spend quality time alone together.

Infant, baby and toddler swimming lessons build muscles:

Infant, baby and toddler swimming lessons build muscles: Swim time helps promote important muscle development and control in babies at a young age. Little ones will need to develop the muscles needed to hold their heads up, move their arms and legs, and work their core in coordination with the rest of their body. Not only does swim time for babies improve their muscle strength and ability on the outside, but the exercise provides internal benefits as well by getting those joints moving. Swimming is also great for cardiovascular health and will help strengthen your little one’s heart, lungs, brain, and blood vessels.

Infant, baby and toddler swimming lessons improves coordination and balance:

Infant, baby and toddler swimming lessons build muscles: Swim time helps promote important muscle development and control in babies at a young age. Little ones will need to develop the muscles needed to hold their heads up, move their arms and legs, and work their core in coordination with the rest of their body. Not only does swim time for babies improve their muscle strength and ability on the outside, but the exercise provides internal benefits as well by getting those joints moving. Swimming is also great for cardiovascular health and will help strengthen your little one’s heart, lungs, brain, and blood vessels.

Infant, baby and toddler swim lessons improves coordination and balance:

Infant, baby and toddler swimming lessons improves coordination and balance: Along with building muscle, time in the pool can help your baby improve their coordination and balance. It’s not easy learning to move those little arms and legs together. Even small coordinated movements represent big leaps in your baby’s development.

Infant, baby and toddler swimming lessons improve sleeping patterns:

Infant, baby and toddler swimming lessons improve sleeping patterns: Pool time takes a lot of energy for babies. They’re in a new environment, using their bodies in completely new ways. All of that extra activity uses up a lot of energy, so you may notice that your little one is sleepier after a swim. You may have to schedule in time for a nap after time in the pool or move up bedtimes on the days that swim time is in your routine.

Infant, baby and toddler swim lessons improves appetite:

Infant, baby and toddler swimming lessons improves appetite: There’s nothing like a day in the pool or at the beach to make you leave hungry, and babies are no different. All of that physical exertion in the water, as well as the energy it takes their little bodies to stay warm, burns a lot of calories. You’ll probably notice an increase in your baby’s appetite after regular swimming time. Finally, infant, baby and toddler swimming is a wonderful parent-child bonding experience. In our hectic, fast-paced world, slowing down to simply enjoy an experience together is rare. Swim time with our babies brings us into the present moment while teaching them important life skills. So grab your swim bag and wade in, we’re here for you!