Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Infant Stimulation Activity 112: swim lessons

Many pools offer "swim lessons" for babies once they are 6 months old. I put this in quotes as children generally are not developmentally ready for formal swim lessons until at least age 3 or 4. Most programs for a 6-month-old are a parent-child class where the parent holds the baby while in the pool. This is the perfect set-up for an infant stimulation activity!

Together you will enjoy the sensation of the water. Water is caressing and its buoyancy will be a whole new feeling for you both. Also, what a great change of pace during the winter months!

A good class will have you singing songs, moving through the water while holding your baby, eventually experiencing splashing water, and possibly even having baby go under water. You and your baby should be enjoying yourselves; this activity not only should build a foundation for a love of the water, but should provide a quality face-to-face bonding experience between you and your baby.


  1. Wow. I didn't even know about this. My youngest is 21 months, but I think the water play would be great for him. I need to call the YMCA!

  2. Jessi, I am so glad! My son has been in the pool since 6 months and still loves going to swim lessons. Enjoy.

  3. I'm a swimmer and have worked as a lifeguard before. I have been wanting to do a class with my son but haven't found a good one locally yet.

    Thank you for following my blog (Journey to "Green")! I LOVE the stimulation of BabySmartees! I've never heard of these before! I will have to enter a giveaway! My son would love something like this. I'd love to work with you if you ever had the need.