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Parents want the best for their babies, guiding them through each developmental milestone — whether it’s rolling over, sitting up, crawling or walking.
One thing that every parent should add to that list is getting baby comfortable with water.
If your baby already loves taking her bath, then you’re already at a good place! But if your baby doesn’t like water that much, all the more reason to help him or her get comfortable with water and swimming.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently released updated recommendations to prevent drowning in children, including the fact that research finds swimming lessons are beneficial for children starting around age 1 and may lower drowning rates.
Experts with the AAP recommend families ask their pediatrician whether their child is developmentally ready for swimming lessons.
You can teach your baby or toddler to love the water, but remember that he or she needs an adult present at all times to prevent drowning. Specifically, the AAP recommends babies or toddlers in or around water have a supervising adult with swimming skills within an arm’s length, providing constant “touch supervision.”
Enrolling your baby in a swim class has many benefits that will transfer over into childhood. Here are some ways that taking a swim class can help benefit your baby:
Introduce your child to the water or develop his or her swim strokes by signing up for a swim class at Edward-Elmhurst Health & Fitness at Seven Bridges (Woodridge). We offer classes for ages 6 months and up.
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