A recent study conducted by the National Institute of Health has found that children who are introduced to swimming lessons in the first years of their life are less likely to drown — so what does that mean to you? There are a few things to consider before enrolling your tot in a class.
- Ask your pediatrician first. Because a baby’s immune system is still developing, they may recommend waiting until the baby is six months old before enrolling in lessons.
- Enroll in parent-tot classes. Many community pools, local high schools and local swim schools offer parent-tot lessons, mommy and me swim classes, which are a great way to introduce your baby to the water through song, one-on-one parent time and even such skills as going underwater.
- Keep the pool clean. Use a reusable swim diaper as they are better at keeping waste in than a disposable.
- Stay clean. Once your done with your lesson, wipe your baby’s ear out with a cotton ball to prevent swimmer’s ear, and give your baby a bath to clean off the chlorine and chemicals which can irritate their sensitive skin.