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Why should you take your baby swimming?

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2008_image4.jpgLearning to swim is a fabulous activity which, first and foremost provides your little one with a vital life skill which could one day save their life.  However, there are many other benefits for babies, children and also parents themselves. Research from Griffith University in Australia shows that introducing babies as young as two months old to swimming can have lasting beneficial effects. The biggest benefits are in their development.    Experts say children can get up to 15 months ahead in social and emotional development by the time they are 4 years old and  can also be 6 months ahead in physical development and 10 months ahead in cognitive development
 
Being in the water is the only time that a baby can move freely & be completely independent  (when experiencing gentle submersions), developing actions they wouldn't otherwise be able to in their first year of life. This helps the baby to develop crucial higher brain functions, core muscle development and co-ordination far earlier than they would otherwise be able to. Many swimming classes teach little ones respond to key words (within a few months) and this helps to your baby sharper mentally, increasing levels of awareness and understanding as well as improve communication between you. What's more, even though gentle, baby swimming strengthens your baby's heart, lungs and respiratory system as they have a complete physical work out and this again aids brain development.
 
With lots and lots of eye and skin contact, swimming is a wonderful way 2008_image3.jpgto bond with your baby and enjoy some real quality time together where you can really of focus on your little one, whilst also helping both of you to relax and feel confident in the water. With highly trained and experienced teachers, not to mention great pool facilities, even parents who can't swim can still enjoy classes and relaxing with their baby. 
 
Coming to classes often provides a parent with the necessary support to enable them to relax and enjoy the experience. Good teachers are trained to understand the needs of both parent and baby, and are also qualified in lifesaving and resuscitation skills. It's also a great social experience, providing an opportunity to forge long lasting friendships.

Classes can vary, so take time to find a class that will give you the experiences that you want – whether this is just water familiarity or a more progressive approach; and whether the style of the class is relaxed and fun, or more formal and regimented. Specialist baby swimming classes follow a clear and progressive structure and will usually involve some underwater swimming for your baby.  However, the emphasis should be on parents and their babies having fun, with no baby being forced to do anything against his or her wishes. 
 
Puddle Ducks classes are full of carefully designed but simple activities, gentle submersions and are packed full of songs. Songs and rhymes provide gentle stimulation and are the most effective way to communicate with your baby. Repetition is fun, reassuring and promotes 2008_image2.jpglearning. Puddle Ducks classes are progressive with many children swimming 10m independently before they start school.

For more information about baby swimming and classes in your area, please visit www.puddleducks.com

Puddle Ducks

Puddle Ducks

Puddle Ducks classes are full of carefully designed but simple activities, gentle submersions  and are packed full of songs.  Songs and rhymes provide gentle stimulation and are the most effective way to communicate with your baby. Repetition is fun, reassuring and promotes learning.  Puddle Ducks classes are progressive with many children swimming 10m independently before they start school.

For more information about baby swimming and classes in your area, please visit their website

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