E.R. asks from Silver Spring, MD on July 20, 2008
Swimming Opportunities for Infant
I was thinking it would be good to take my 5 month old swimming and was wondering if anyone can recommend any mommy/baby swim classes in the area?
L.M. answers from Washington DC on July 21, 2008
Montgomery Aquatic center in Rockville has great mom and baby swim classes. They are getting ready to close in a couple of weeks for a bit in August. They are listed in the county recreation section. They are 2 blocks from the White Flint metro; between Rockville Pike and Old Georgetown Rd.
E.T. answers from Washington DC on July 21, 2008
If you're in Fairfax County, you can take mommy and me swimming classes through the county rec centers. There are even some 4 week classes that make it easy to try without a big commitment. You can find them on-line by googling "parktakes." Good luck! We've had a blast in the water. Some of the rec centers offer indoor pools (no sunburn) with zero entry pools (like the beach but clean water and no waves and sand). Great for little ones!
H.W. answers from Washington DC on July 21, 2008
We love the Waterbabies classes we've taken through Montgomery County Rec. http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/content/rec/summer08.pdf We started them last summer when my little guy was alos five-six months old and now again that he's 19 months old we're taking two sessions this summer, first Waterbabies and then in a few weeks a Tots class.
C.C. answers from Washington DC on July 21, 2008
Try the YMCA. Facilities in the area include Silver Spring (near Four Corners) and Bethesda (Old Georgetown Road, a few blocks north of the NIH campus).
A.C. answers from Washington DC on July 21, 2008
I don't know where you live exactly, but try Kids First Swim Schools. They have a good program and several locations, you can find them on the web. Best of luck!
E.B. answers from Washington DC on July 21, 2008
Your daughter will love the pool! I think the best thing to do is to just be in the pool with her at this age. She won't get much out of a swim lesson until she is over age 2...except maybe you'll get some tips and tricks to try on your own (like dunking and floating and how to hold her). I used to teach infant swimming lessons and a lot of the time we just focused on being happy in the water by singing songs and "swimming" after floating toys. So, my suggestion is to find a pool and keep your daughter associated with the water so that she will eventually become comfortable and can learn to swim by the age of 3. My almost 2 year old is very close to swimming on her own (with me very close by) and she has never had a formal lesson...just lots of pool time. Have fun!
P.F. answers from Washington DC on July 21, 2008
Not sure what area you are in, but My Kid's First Swim school has mulitple locations. My 15mo and I attend the Mommy and Me swim classes at the Jessup/Columbia location. We both love it.
C.J. answers from Washington DC on July 21, 2008
it is true that your baby won't get a ton out of a structured lessons but you will! you will learn a lot about water safety and how to help you baby acclimate and float. and about what is and is not possible for her. have fun (we did!).
J.Z. answers from Washington DC on July 20, 2008