Neonatal aquaticity , also called baby swimming, an activity increasingly in demand and appreciated by mothers and dads. But what are the benefits of swimming for babies ? After the first 3 months of life, babies can start a neonatal aquatic course, obviously it is not a real swimming to learn the various styles but rather a way to develop some children’s skills: ability to stay afloat, short apneas, ability to recover objects, etc.
All with the presence of an instructor and a parent who follows the child step by step. Music is also often used, sometimes massages are performed, all depending on the case helped by the use of tubes, armrests, lifebuoys and other important supports for children.
Baby swimming is not only fun but also useful for both children and parents.
Here are the top 10 reasons why swimming in early childhood is an experience to do:
Get familiar with the water
Newborns have been used to living in water during the nine months of gestation, making them stay in the aquatic environment even afterwards is a way of continuing the prenatal experience that allows them to learn how to better manage their relationship with water. Getting them used already in the first months of life will allow them to remain familiar with the water and, if they continue over time, they will be able to swim and avoid the danger of drowning.
Helps physical and mental health
Swimming like other physical activities helps not only the body but also the mind. Already at an early age this experience is useful to keep the body active and get the child used to the importance of movement that helps and strengthens the heart and lungs but also, in the case of the little ones, promotes brain development.
Strengthen the bond between parents and children
The skin to skin contact in the water as out (eg using the band ) strengthens the bond between parents and children. Usually baby swimming accepts only one companion, therefore mom, dad or grandmother or grandfather. It is an excellent opportunity to spend some time with your children in a fun and at the same time useful and relaxing way.
Getting children familiar with water from a young age helps prevent possible future fears by increasing the confidence of always knowing how to cope. During the baby swimming lessons, exercises are performed that involve independent movements in the water, keeping close to the parent which help to increase the sense of safety and confidence of the children .
Through the lessons in the water, you contribute to improving coordination and balance, thus improving day after day the motor skills of children in the water, but not only. A 2009 study by the Norwegian University of Science & Technology found that children who swim have better balance and are able to grasp objects more easily than non-swimmers.
Improve muscle control
The fact of floating but above all the resistance of the water helps children to move their muscles by exercising them in a more effective way than can be done on dry land. Finnish research has shown that infants who swim at a very young age walk earlier thanks to their excellent muscle control.
Develop your learning skills
As we said, the benefits are not only physical, in fact, children learn to listen to their teacher’s requests thus improving their levels of understanding and mental skills . The University of Griffith’s ” The Early Years Swimming Project ” found that children who swam early in life get better results in solving math problems after school starts by counting and following instructions.
Hot water relaxes children and swimming, given the great movement it involves, the resistance of the water and the energy expenditure, stimulates the appetite . The result could be better night sleep and an excellent relationship with baby food and food.
If you start baby swimming very early, maybe between 3 and 6 months, it is probably the first social activity of the baby . The weekly swimming classes help to give structure to their week or day by offering regular fun over time and a social activity to children who will be in the water with their peers even if obviously, at least at the beginning, they will not interact with each other .
Fun for the whole family
And last but not least, remember that baby swimming is fun for both children and parents. A way to spend time together in an original and useful way.