April 2013 Moms

What do you think of baby swim lessons?

I am thinking of having my son in swim lessons when he is about 6 months, I saw some videos of the little babies that turn themselves upwards if they accidentally fell in. It looks really interesting... http://www.infantswim.com/
 
 
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Re: What do you think of baby swim lessons?

  • This was on our local news!  I think it's pretty cool

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  • I would assume you'd be with him the whole time? If so, I say go for it as long as you're super careful about the sun. Is it indoors or in the evening? I lost my dad 2 years ago to melanoma, so the sun is a huge worry for me.

    I do think its pretty fascinating though that babies can swim!
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  • image mrshall10210:
    I would assume you'd be with him the whole time? If so, I say go for it as long as you're super careful about the sun. Is it indoors or in the evening? I lost my dad 2 years ago to melanoma, so the sun is a huge worry for me. I do think its pretty fascinating though that babies can swim!

    You are within arms reach of your child while they are learning.  

     
     
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  • I think it's pretty cool, but I haven't started any of my kids in that kind of lesson. I might if we had a pool in our backyard, but for now traditional swimming lessons are enough for us.
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  • My situation though is we have a creek running behind the house. There is one spot where it is about 5 feet deep though. Of course, I will be watching him to the best of my ability, but there are always accidents.
     
     
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  • We are planning to do this.
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    The sahm board talked about this recently. Its pretty controverial. I would be concerned about the method in which they 'teach' the babies. I'm not in a hurry to scare my baby into learning how to stay afloat. I get that you have a safety concern, but I wouldn't rely on anything other than being super aware and a fence to protect my baby near moving water.

    I'm not in a rush to teach my baby to swim. Or read.
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  • We did traditional baby swim lessons with my first son starting at 4 months. It was a fun activity for me to do with him, meet some other moms and get him comfortable in the water. He never was made to roll over on his own. But now at just over 2 yo he can jump into the deep end of the pool and swim all the way across and pull himself out on the other side. I love that he is a great swimmer but I still try to always be in arms reach.
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  • image NandaB:
    The sahm board talked about this recently. Its pretty controverial. I would be concerned about the method in which they 'teach' the babies. I'm not in a hurry to scare my baby into learning how to stay afloat. I get that you have a safety concern, but I wouldn't rely on anything other than being super aware and a fence to protect my baby near moving water. I'm not in a rush to teach my baby to swim. Or read.

     

    We personally know several people who did the class with their infants - none of the infants cried, and most of them laughed or smiled during the class.   They weren't scared.  I wouldn't do it if I thought he was going to be scared.  

  • I'm pretty sure the type of swimming lessons you're talking about are very expensive and on a one on one basis. Definitely look into availability in your area.
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  • image OhSewCrafty:
    I'm pretty sure the type of swimming lessons you're talking about are very expensive and on a one on one basis. Definitely look into availability in your area.

    I have looked into it, there are a bunch of programs here in Sacramento, one is 14 weeks, though I am leaving back to WV in the middle of August, and there are no programs (That I have seen yet, still looking) that offer infant training unless I go all the way to middle Ohio once or twice a week (Nope!)

    The ones I have seen are like $150 or so, which I honestly think isn't bad at all. 

     
     
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  • I think its great, my husband is going to start 'water babies' class at 6 months with our guy!  Our 2 nephews both started at 6 months, loved it, and are both excellent swimmers at 2 and 4.
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  • These swimming instructors get paid ~$100 for a 10 minute lesson! Wowza! I think I need to look into teaching these lol

    ETA: I think I was reading that wrong. It looks like it's ~100 for a week of lessons. Still, 5 lessons, at only 10 minutes each, for $100.... These people are getting paid $120/hour!
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  • Yes I will enroll my DD when she is 6 months old. We live at the beach and near two rivers I was taught to swim at a very early age and feel its a good thing. I would never continue if DD was scared or uncomfortable and doing lots of research about the programs in my area make me feel at ease with it.
  • Started Norah is lessons at 6 months, will start Nellie the same. Swimming is a life skill that we take seriously. My IL's live on farms with multiple dams, the girls have to have basic skills.
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    I think swim lessons are awesome and swimming is such a critical life skill. If that creek was behind my house, though, I'd build a fence so freaking high around my backyard so that no child could get ever back there.  
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