D.R. asks from Milford, CT on March 01, 2008
Swimming Lessons - Milford,CT
I want to take my 8 month old twins to swimming lessons at the local YMCA. The nurse at my doctors office said she thought they were too young? He felt it was appropriate. I asked what their (the Y) approach is and they said it's a gentle approach to introduce them to the water and get them comfortable and gain confidence. Any thoughts or experiences?
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Thank you so much for all the info and insight on swimming "lessons" for my 8 month olds. I signed them up and we start at the end of the month. My husband and I took them to the pool for the first time last week and they absolutely LOVED it. It was amazing to see how comfortable they were and I look forward to tomorrow when we take them again!
C.R. answers from Glens Falls on March 05, 2008
Since my child was 6 months old, I have taken her to swim lessons at the YMCA. I think it is a great opportunity! She has gained muscles in her legs and was able to become more independent. With her having some developmental delays, she didn't start walking until she was 20 months old, but she was doing a lot with help that wouldn't have been possible thanks to the swim lessons. I highly recommend them!
K.F. answers from New York on March 04, 2008
The younger you start them the easier it is. I was a swim instructor for 9yrs. You can always start with a Mommy and Me class to get more comfortable with the idea.
D.H. answers from New York on March 03, 2008
My son began swim lessons at 7 months at New York Sports Club. It was a mommy (or Daddy) and me class so we went into the pool with him and the instructor showed us what to do. He absolutely loves it.
L.D. answers from Albany on March 07, 2008
I have to agree with the nurse and if you do some research online, you will see most sites do. I have read that children do not really have the muscle control needed until they reach 4. Our local pool will not even offer lessons until they are at least 3. Our local Y is a joke when it comes to swimming lessons so I would go and see what the classes are really like. There are only a few accredited organizations (the Y wasn't one of them) I have seen for lessons with babies and they do not teach them how to swim but instead how to turn themselves over should they fall into a pool. I think it goes back to their abilities being so young. I know our pool even with the youngest class focus mostly on behavior in the pool and not going in without permission, not just jumping in, etc.
What did your doctor say?
F.D. answers from New York on March 03, 2008
Check this out! Was just sent around this week!
J.S. answers from New York on March 04, 2008
D.P. answers from New York on March 03, 2008
You can start them at 6 months. I also signed my now 16 mo. old up for lessons at 6 months at the Y and she loved it! She's always loved her baths so it was an easy transition. The earlier the better! Good luck!
K.T. answers from New York on March 04, 2008
Hi, I think the younger the better. I signed my then 4 1/2 yr old up at safety swim a very reputable company in Long Island where we live. I knew I wanted him to have the same instructed for trust purposes. That didn't happen, my experience was not a good one, for several reasons but the biggest for us I believe is I waited to long to bring him. He feared the water from the short years of me reminding him to stay away from the pool! b/c it could be dangerous However, with that being said I did learn this. children as young as 1 yr old were swimming and clearly felt comfortable in the water. Even going under! children 2 and 3 yrs old were swimming. the parents that I spoke to brought there children at a young age. remember as fetus' they were swimming in fluid. so they should be right at home. good luck
A.J. answers from Albany on March 02, 2008
If the YMCA offers it for that age there must be a reason. If you do it it will be a nice way to get out of the house as well as enjoy new experiences with your kids. You may also meet some other moms & form a new friendship.
My kids at 4 and 5 years old will be taking swimming lessons for the first time starting this week. I chose to not involve my 2 year old because I think he is too young for what I want my kids to accomplish. I don't need any more bonding time with him. He gets all my attention. It is my older kids that need me a little more now. My 2 year will certainly take lessons probably when he turns 4 if he wants to.
J.P. answers from Albany on March 03, 2008
I have taken my son to our local Y swimming classes since he was 9 months old. It was a great idea. He was scared the first few classes but after that took to it nicely. The water was a little cold but it has definitely changed his opinion of being in the water. Now he knows how to hang on to the edge, blow bubbles, kick and scoop, etc. Plus he learned a lot of songs and met some nice families with kids his age. The people at the Y are very nice and don't force you/your child to do anything that he/she doesn't want to do.
We also take a tumbling tots class that is a lot of fun. It is like a big playgroup but it takes place in the gymnastics room. Now he feels very comfortable at the Y and knows it is time to play whenever we go there, which I think in the long run will hopefully help him choose healthier activities as he gets older. Hope this helps!
C.B. answers from New York on March 03, 2008
C. here -from New Zealand. I have been doing swimming lessons with my 17 month old since he was about 6 or so months old and he just loves it. He enjoys being with the other kids and he loves the water. I would highly recommend you taking your twins. The only concern is ear problems (some children have problems if too much water in ears) but you can get ear drops over the counter, which you pop into their ears just before and after swimming which prevents ear hassles.
Hope this helps:)