Baby's First Swim Lesson: Everything You Need To Know

All parents want their children to grow up healthy and safe, and that starts with teaching them how to swim as soon as they are physically able. Even babies can learn how to swim and gain valuable water safety skills, but there are some essential tips you should know before taking your little one into the pool for the first time ever. Here is everything you need to know about a baby’s first swim lesson.

Planning For The Big Day

While a baby’s first swim lesson is a milestone in their life, it also requires parents to prepare both themselves and their child. If you’re planning to attend your child’s first swimming class, here are some things to know before you go. First, how old should my child be? A typical age for a child to begin taking swimming lessons is between six months and two years old. Most children will not be ready for classes until they can hold their head up on their own (if they haven't already), so plan accordingly!

If my child isn't potty-trained yet, do I need to bring them into a wet diaper? Yes! Children must wear diapers while learning how to swim because accidents happen - even if they're only in water up to their chest or stomach. The last thing you want is for your little one to get upset or scared during class because of an accident that could have been prevented with proper preparation. Also, keep in mind that many pools require diapers during classes for sanitary reasons.

For babies, most swim schools require parents to get in the pool with their little ones. Especially in group classes. Having a parent hold them in a large body of water is comforting to baby versus having a stranger do it, at least for the first few times. 

Packing The Bag

If it's an outdoor pool be sure to bring sunscreen. Bring towels for you and baby, your flip-flops or water shoes, a hair tie to pull your hair up, and a change of clothes for the both of you. Pack snacks and baby formula if under the age of one. Working out in the water may bring on an appetite for your little one and they may be starving by the end of their lesson. This is one of the most important times to bring a pacifier. Since it will be your baby’s first time, they may need something soothing for them to feel some comfort. 

Since regular diapers won't hold up in the water, be sure to bring baby in their swim diaper and pack a few extras. Swim diapers are made to withstand water while regular diapers will puff up (as they are meant to anytime they retain liquid) so they'll become heavy and weigh on your baby. You can buy disposable swim diapers or cloth swim diapers. Either one will work great for your baby. Be sure to pack all of your items in a durable backpack that's easy to clean and dry if it gets wet such as this awesome diaper bag.

Preparing Yourself And Your Child

While preparing your child for swimming lessons, it’s important to set them up for success. Make sure to schedule their lesson on a day that isn’t too hot or cold. The ideal temperature is between 75 and 80 degrees. You'll also want to schedule their lesson either before their nap or after. Scheduling around their nap time is a formula for disaster since they'll be cranky and tired. Make sure your baby doesn’t have a cold or respiratory infection before going into their first swim class. There are also things you can do to prepare yourself as well. For example, you can wear one of Lands' End modest swimsuits under your clothes so you don’t get embarrassed if you need to change in front of other parents and children. To be sure that you come well prepared, it's always a good idea to speak with the instructors and ask what to bring and how to best prepare.

By taking a swim class, parents will gain confidence in how to handle their baby around water. Baby's first swim lesson is also a great way to bond with your child. 

Article written by Best Baby Care Tips

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