Baby swimming: exercise and fun for the little ones

Babyswimming counts among new parents the most popular baby courses. The splashing in the water makes the little ones a lot fun and train them while playfully their motor skills and their muscles. That sounds good, but there are some things that you should apply.

What is it about the baby swimming?

First things first: When infant or baby swimming is not about course about learning any swimming strokes and to keep itself afloat. These are children motor earliest at the age of four to five years in the position. Babies do not learn it, to save themselves in case of accidents in the water itself.

Baby swimming: Mother and Baby

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In addition to the water getting used to, especially the fun and movement take center stage in baby swimming lessons. The buoyancy in the water ensures that babies can move more easily in water than where the still weak muscles are struggling with gravity on dry land. Many children makes the joy and they discover themselves and their bodies, as they would not be possible on land. This strengthens the self-perception and physical feeling.

At the same time kicking and splashing in the water acts like a little fitness training. The exercises, which sets the instructor, this train different reflexes and movements and train the coordination. No wonder then that the little swimmers sleep very well after bathing mostly - after all, they have a real workout behind! But do not worry, under the expert guidance is required, although your baby in the water aerobics, but not overwhelmed. 

And yet, baby swimming makes most children joy and it stimulates the development of motor skills, but it gives the little swimmers no significant development benefits. No study has been able to clearly demonstrate that children who have attended a baby swimming course, solely their peers in any manner which would be expected later. Although a study by the University of Cologne is evidence that small swimmers have better physical coordination than age-matched non-swimmers in the first six months of life. However, the non-swimmers get this advantage probably no later than the beginning of crawling in no time again.

So you understand that baby swimming is not as indispensable early intervention, but as an opportunity for you and your baby to spend time together to enjoy close physical contact and have fun.
submerge allowed babies in baby swimming?

No, you should refrain. Although infants have an innate breath holding reflex so that they, as the name suggests, automatically hold their breath when her face comes into contact with water. However, this reflex disappears within the first weeks or months. Exactly when that is different from baby to baby. Theoretically, you could try before diving, whether the reflex in your baby is still present. However, you would need his reaction to the wetting of the face then interpret perfectly correct. Therefore, doctors advise precaution of immersion exercises from the baby swimming, to avoid the risk of accidents altogether. 

Baby swimming: Information and tips at a glance

➤ It is recommended to start with the baby swimming only when the baby can raise his head and hold themselves. That is the case with most babies from the age of 12 weeks. Pediatrician Dr. However, Karsten Theiß recommends an entry with about half a year because the parent-child bond is then even more closely.

➤ Baby swimming lessons are held at best in small groups and under expert guidance. Ideally, the Instructor has completed training at the DLRG or the DSV.

➤ pediatrician Dr. Tisza strongly recommends that babies should have completed the rotavirus vaccination before the swimming lessons and between vaccination and first bathing visit at least 14 days have passed.

➤ The water temperature 31-33 degrees should be. Ever very important: heat. Your baby may not freeze. Blue lips, mottled skin, trembling or whining are unmistakable signs that your baby for today ranges. After bathing and showering then you should dry your baby good (especially the hair!) And thick pack when you leave the warm swimming pool. Do not forget beanie!

➤ The younger your child is, the shorter the swimming lessons should fail. For infants for example, 15 to 20 minutes range. Older babies usually keep just 30 minutes of swim out.

➤ swimming makes you hungry! Plan after the swimming lesson breaks for breastfeeding or take a milk or tea with.

➤ sick or tired babies should not be to the baby swimming. Is your child at risk of allergies, you should seek the advice of your pediatrician before the baby swimming. Why do you read on the next page: That you should consider when baby swimming.

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