Studies show that swimming is an excellent activity to help stimulate brain growth and development at a critical time. This water activity helps build muscle strength, making children grow significantly stronger and more coordinated. It helps develop intelligence and problem-solving skills, allowing them to perform better at school. Children who regularly swim are also found to be more self-disciplined, motivated and self-confident.
Swimming is a rewarding activity for babies and parents. Children who have been immersed in swimming activities show higher intelligence, better social skills, are more independent, less timid, and could cope better with new and strange situations.
Learning to respond to commands during swimming lessons can make your baby sharper mentally, increasing levels of understanding and awareness.
Swimming also provides a complete physical workout that helps strengthen the baby's heart, lungs and respiratory system, which again aids in the development of the brain. As for motor and physical skills and strength, swimming is excellent for improving core muscle development and motor coordination. It also directly improves eating and sleeping patterns. Swimming allows for free movement, which means that babies can also develop actions they wouldn't otherwise have had the opportunity to experience.
1 to 2 years.
Through swimming, a child will develop better physical strength and coordination. These abilities will enhance her ability to crawl on her belly and to creep on her hands and knees. As a baby develops these mobility functions, breathing becomes deeper, more regular and more mature. This enhanced respiration helps the baby's ability to make sounds, which improves communication and overall language development.
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3 to 6 years.
It has been observed that children ages three to six are more willing to try floating on their own, easily flipping from front to back and vice versa, which makes it easier to teach water safety skills. At this stage, hand-eye-leg coordination allows the child to have better control of her body.
How to deal with your child's fear of water:
Ria Mckay, swim instructor and founder of Aqualogic Swim Co., gives some ideas to help parents deal with their child's fear of water.
Do not force your child into the water.
A child should never be in the water by herself.
If a child is crying, stay in the pool and hold her.
Allow her to cry while speaking in a soothing yet firm manner.Give positive reinforcements, like "I'm helping you," "You are safe," or "Don't worry, I will not let you go."
Keep the lessons short.
Lessons for children ages two to four should take about 15 to 30 minutes only. Anything longer than this is too much and the child will not be able to absorb whatever you teach her.