Before Jaspy was born I always thought it was a bit ridiculous to take a baby to swimming lessons. Of course I thought it was great to take them to the pool yourself to get them used to water but I really didn’t believe there were any benefits to paying for lessons.That was until he was born and we started going to different baby groups. I realised just how much he got out of them; not just enjoyment and to be honest he probably didn’t learn anything educational but he’s learnt to be around others, to share, to wait (kind of). It’s also a fab way to bond; so after hearing from a few mums that baby swimming is actually very beneficial, I thought I’d give it a go!
We searched around and living where we do we’re very limited to what’s available. We ended up going for Water Babies; it is expensive, around £15 per half hour lesson, but we thought we’d try a term and see how we got on. They have fantastic reviews and as it took me 99 attempts to get through to the office on booking day, I knew it must have been super popular!
Well Jaspy loves it! The classes are very small with only five babies in each and ours is in a nice private health club so the pool is very small and warm(ish). The class sticks to a great structure so that he learns familiarity and routine and of course new things are added each week to help him develop.
Jaspy loves when we go around in a circle and I hold him under his arms on his front so that he can kick about. We also do humpty dumpty on the side of the pool where I drop him in (holding on) at ‘had a great fall’.
He goes underwater and last week Pete even let go of him under and he popped right back up! Not only has Jaspy learnt to close his eyes in preparation for a splash to the face but he now doesn’t cry when he goes under and he’s comfortable going off with the instructor.
He’s also been learning to hold onto the edge but of course he’d rather just splash the water!
We’ve really enjoyed the classes so far but I don’t think we’ll be continuing to the next term. The class is about 35 minutes away from us and as it’s at 4pm on a Friday, by the time we get home he’s knackered and it’s dark and cold.
I definitely think that we can get the same enjoyment and benefits out of a slightly less expensive class so we’re going to look elsewhere; hopefully somewhere a bit closer!
Another reason we went for Water Babies was because they do an underwater photoshoot at the end of the term! Yes that’s right, a real life Nirvana baby picture! Once we paid for this the classes ended up at like £18 a lesson so I’m really hoping the pictures turn out great!
Do you take your baby to swimming lessons? Do you think they benefit from it?
Thanks for reading,