Swimming Lessons with 10 Month Old

Updated on March 03, 2010
R.S. asks from Chicago, IL
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Has anyone ever taken swimming lessons with your baby? I thought it could be fun...she's still only 7 months but I was considering it...I'm so tired all the time that I figured it couldn't hurt to get in the water myself, even if it's not truly exercise...

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answers from Tampa on

I took both of mine to Swimkidsusa just before a year old each. They loved it, at first we have to get in with them but eventually we get out and they swim with instructors. I'm so glad I did it, they were swimming really quickly! We've never used floaties or life jackets on them ever!



answers from Missoula on

I took my son to swimming lessons when he was about 8 or 9 months old. I thought it was great, he enjoyed it, it got him used to the water and you're right, it felt good for me to get in too. I think you should go for it.



answers from Chicago on

Introducing my children to the water and swimming has always been very high on my list of priorities. My oldest entered a swimming pool at the age of 3 months and began an evening Mommy and Me class at 6 months. My second child has also been in the pool since she was an infant. The Mommy and Me class was basic and nothing that I would spend big money on. It was essentially walking and bouncing in a circle while singing kid songs.

In my experience, it takes alot of work to bring young children to the pool. Packing, changing clothes and feeding immediately after. Plus tending to your own showering (although I skipped this for the sake of simplicity), changing etc. My kids were always starving after pool time. The flipside is the great sleeping after time spent in the pool. I would do my best to bathe my child after swimming (not always easy) and put her directly into her pjs. A car ride home and a bottle right before bed was all I needed for a smooth bedtime routine.

Best of luck!



answers from Detroit on

We started our son at 6 months. We have been going 1 time a week since (he is now 16 months). He loves it. And while he never was a problem child during bath time before, he now LOVES the bath. I think being in the water with a parent has helped him enjoy the water even more. Good luck!



answers from Seattle on

Our local pools offer swimming lessons starting at 6 months. It's great fun and you get to make new friends.
If your city operates a pool lessons can be quite inexpensive.
Have fun!

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