The most frequent question of parents is from what age can your baby swim. Babies can enter the pool environment from 3 months old, let’s not forget that they developed in a wet environment for 9 months before they were born. Baby swimming is definitely one of the few activities that babies can start at such a young age. But there are some basic conditions that are important for parents to know with lifeguard training.
The babies must necessarily enter a warm environment, with a water temperature of 31-32oC and an air temperature in the pool area at 29-32oC
Disinfection of the water must be carried out in the most natural way possible, in order to protect the sensitive baby’s skin and eyes.
Specially trained instructors
Instructors running the course should be specifically qualified in infant swimming and toddler swimming.
Functional locker rooms
Swimming pool changing rooms must be functional and properly organized for infants with the necessary equipment so that parents feel independent and comfortable to carry out the activity without other assistance.
Choosing a safe and supportive environment in which the parental bond is promoted. Moms and dads can relax and play with their baby.
An environment full of love for children, where respect is given to each child’s unique personality.
Swim with your baby from infancy!
In this article you will read some reasons why at Little Submarine we promote baby swimming from as early as 3 months.
Conversion of neonatal reflexes into conscious responses
Babies from the moment of their birth have innate abilities due to the environment in which they developed (amniotic sac). These abilities are classified as neonatal reflexes and exist for reasons of survival. From the moment of birth, these reflexes begin and gradually decrease, until the 4th month of the child’s life. Research by the University of Rio Majior in Portugal showed that baby swimming offers the baby the ability to keep in contact with the liquid element, to convert these reflexes into conscious reactions and to develop his swimming skills over time.
Water is a means of developing basic abilities
Engaging infants in swimming activities can facilitate the development of their basic motor skills. The buoyancy provided by water not only has the ability to partially or fully facilitate some movements, but also controls body posture by reducing the effects of gravity. The density of the pool water serves to promote muscle strength without overstressing the joints. Baby swimming programs give babies the opportunity to move in the water with relative freedom, as opposed to the limited movements they are able to make outside of the water. In the water, the infant moves its arms and legs in combination, finds its orientation and the right direction and reacts to the suggestions of its parents.
Enhancing physical development
Infant swimming contributes to the physical development of infants and more specifically to the development of their body weight. Swimming makes babies relax and therefore fall asleep more easily. In this way, the release of growth hormones is stimulated, which increases their sense of appetite as well as their weight gain.
Social learning theory and the bond with parents
According to Social Learning Theory, children during early infancy and toddlerhood learn behaviors and establish habits through observing and imitating parents. For this, an important role is played by the level of involvement and interest of parents in sports activities and physical exercise, as they act as role models for their children. Like children whose parents are understanding and loving, they show finer social skills and have positive expectations of peer interactions. Research from the gymnastics academy of Sofia states that the pleasure of playing in the water, combined with the process of getting used to its physical characteristics,
For all the above and more, we welcome babies from 3 months to our swimming pool.
- And we remind you that we provide the right conditions to accommodate infants:
– Warm pool water at 31-32 ºC.
- – Ambient temperature at 31oC.
- – Appropriately equipped changing rooms.
- – Provision of baby care products for the baby.
- – Properly trained baby swimming instructors.
- – Staff always available to help with your every need.