Benefits of Infant Swimming
-Article by Karen Gill for Health Line
1. Swimming may 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. When swimming, babies move their arms while kicking their legs...
Down the road, this may improve:
• Reading skills
• Language development
• Academic learning
• Spatial awareness
2. Swimming may improve confidence.
Infant classes 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 may boost your baby’s self-esteem.
3. Increases quality time between caregivers and babies.
Swim time that involves a parent in the water promotes one-on-one bonding.
4. Builds muscle
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.
Swimming is also great for cardiovascular health and will help strengthen your little one’s heart, lungs, brain, and blood vessels.
5. Improves coordination and balance.
It’s not easy learning to move those little arms and legs together.
6. Improves sleeping patterns.
Pool time takes a lot of energy for babies. They’re using their bodies in completely new ways.
7. Improves appetite.
All of that physical exertion in the water will increase your baby’s appetite.
8. Swim time may reduce the risk of drowning.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), drowning is a leading cause of death among children and toddlers. Most of these drownings in children under 4 years old occur in home swimming pools. If you have a pool, early swim lessons may be helpful.