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05/08/2005 at 11:34
I started taking my son swimming at 5 weeks, (before his first set of jabs) and was met with immensley conflicting reactions from other mums! From the over-enthused to the ones who were worriedly telling Health Visitors about my exploits and edging away from me in case i tried to drown their precious darling!!
I was curious- what is the general thoughts on it? I have found that compared to other babies of his age (and older) Jake is noticably stronger and started to shuffle about the floor from 15 weeks and has been confidently lifting his head and is now sitting up without support for short periods of time. Obviously i know all babies develope differently but i genuinely feel it has been condusive to his muscle development and motor skills...

Has anyone found this?
05/08/2005 at 12:00
I agree with you one hundred percent! My nephew started swimming when he was really little - not sure when exactly (he is now almost 2), but not only did he love it but I believe that it really helped in terms oh his development and coordination etc. You should take a look at the article about it on this site under the parents section! It says: "classes encourage the early development of your baby's natural swimming skills, develop their water confidence, improve their general health and strengthen their cardio-respiratory functions awareness". They also say that there's evidence that the exercise can help with your baby's eating and sleeping patterns.
Hope this puts your mind at ease!
05/08/2005 at 12:24
Hi MummyGoth and welcome to the forum! Good to see a new face (or in your case pair of wings!).

I started my son Michael swimming quite a bit later than you, at three months, but that was really because it hadn't occured to me before then. I've heard of plenty of mothers who started quite a bit sooner.

I'm not sure whether it was just the natural process of development, but Michael did seem like a fast developer compared with his peers who didn't go swimming (again, not sure whether that was co-incidental or not).
That's not why I started going though, I wanted to get him used to the water at a very early age after a couple of close calls in my family with people who couldn't swim as children. And I thought it wouldbe fun for both of us, which it certainly was!
05/08/2005 at 12:25
PS. Must try and sort out a head pic too, but not very good with computers and pictures and things!
05/08/2005 at 18:30
Hi everyone, I'm new here, hope you don't mind me joining in the conversation?

I credit swimming with Caroline's agility, that and baby gym. We started swimming first, I don't remember exactly when but I think it was at around five months. She loves it! I was convinced it was doing her good so we went to baby gym classes to. It was also good for me to get out as at that point I was only working one day a week.

I think both classes have done lots for her deveopment-wise, and she's also very confident and sociable (so far!).

It can only have done her good I think and it's enjoyable. I made a really good friend at the swimming class too, very important when a lot of your friends don't already have children of their own as in my case.

Who is it who runs your classes out of interest?
05/08/2005 at 18:57
Yay thank you for your replies!
Glad to know that others have also had positive experiences with swimming. Jake is now 4 and 1/2 months old and is getting more and more confident in the water everytime we go! Unfortunately our local pool is now 'children soup' because it's the summer holidays, but this has meant he's now not worried about water being splashed on his face etc etc. Next week we're doing his first underwater dip!
I don't attend any classes (mum on a shoestring!) but i did order some 'Little Dipper's' swimming cards LINK - which have been very helpful with guiding me around what i already knew about small people and water!
16/08/2005 at 15:05
Great Day today- Jacob had his first total sumbersion in water!!

:oD **very proud mum**
16/08/2005 at 15:17
Great news MummyGoth, have you thought about starting a baby blog to keep track of developments?

It looks a little bit like the forum, but you're the only one who can add entries. Might be useful if you want to keep a record to print out later or to send the link to family.
You can link it with a gallery album if you want too.

We've got no other parenting blogs yet so it'd be the first one.
16/08/2005 at 15:18
Yay congratulations! And how was he? They must get a bit of a fright - I would imagine its pretty scary, especially the first time! My nephew still gets a little shock when he goes under!
17/08/2005 at 10:08
Hi Maria- that's a good idea!
I shall start construction later today...
I am also making the drastic step towards Real Nappies!! !Cloth Bum Baby!

And yeah Tessa it was terrifying! But we'd worked up to it with saying 1,2,3 and running water over his head and face in the bath for weeks, and done splashing excercises in the bath and things. And he's watched my mum and I go under water and smile and things..
But I let my mum do it the first time!!
Then I did it, (for slightly longer, about 1 second) and then I did it again, and loosened my grip and did it for 2 seconds underwater.
But he coped with it brilliantly!
No crying or screaming, just big smiles and a bit of a shocked face at first. He also did the newborn reflex thing of throwing his arms out wide in surprise!

But yes, very exciting- very scary!
17/08/2005 at 10:35
Hey there MummyGoth, congratulations on the full immersion, it's a great feeling to see them cope so well isn't it?

Well done on the cloth nappies. I toyed with the idea with Michael but I'm afraid to say I never 'got round' to making the switch fully, partly because of going back to work and I didn't think it would be appropriate to send him to nursery with cloth ones. I've used a few cloth nappies though (mainly over the weekends) and you can get some great ones these days. I'd be interested to hear how you find making the switch if you're going for fully cloth-bummed.
17/08/2005 at 19:01
Hey Julie- Yes, i am taking the plunge with cloth nappies!
Like you said there are some really good ones avaliable now- I think what put me off at first was the folding and faffing and pins and whatever.. but that was only what i had heard about them from the 'older generation'.
But, upon more investigation i found you can get them shaped and with velcro and all sorts of wonderful things! Definately was a deciding factor for me!

I am being cautious however and keep a pack of disposables to hand for emergencies!
12/08/2006 at 10:10
Interestingly, myself & partner also took our son ( Lincoln ) swimming for the first time at 5 & 1/2 weeks, chose the pool carefully ( monitored & warmer ect ) Linc's really enjoyed this as at the time he had bad colic & this seemed to help sooth it a little for a short time. When we had our 6 week check a weej alter i mentioned it in passing to the GP who tutted at me & went off on a tangent ....
We havent been swimming since as its too busy with big kids having fun & splashing & jumping about in pools but as soon as they go back to school we'll be back in the pool ! I can see the conventional side of the arguement however, there is that much chlorine in the pool i wonder if any germs can live & also there are many factors out there that our babies can catch with or without vac's. Obviously i would not put our son at any risk but i do think swimming at a young age has huge benefits.
Dont let people put you off, you felt right doing it or you wouldnt have taken your baby, if it feels right do it :-)
Good luck
25/08/2006 at 11:29
I think it`s important to start them young, so they`re not afraid of water.I dunk Alex (15 months)completley under, she`s now used to water on her face.
02/09/2006 at 20:26
Hiya all,
I first took my little boy swimming at 9weeks old, we go once a week. He really enjoys it and he is very strong.
The day I took him to get his first injections I went in to see the health visitor first and she said I could take him swimming whenever i wanted straight after that I took him into the nurses room to do his injections and she said i should not be taking him swimming until he has had all his jabs. There is so many conflicting views it is confusing. Surely all health professionals are taught the same and should give all us parents the same advice!!???!!
05/04/2007 at 14:34
hi im new to this, my name is louise and im a first time mum to scott, he is just 3 months old, i know this will probably sound daft, but i really want to take him swimming, but what swimwear do i need for him, my mum said just leave him in his nappy, but thats no hygeinic really, and i dont think he will be very comfortable. please help!!
cheers lu
05/04/2007 at 17:10
Iv'e got a swim nappy for Tara from Next - she's 10 weeks old - you can get disposable swim nappies from Huggies called little swimmers - should be able to get from most shops.
Hope Scott enjoys his swimming - Tara loves it!
Maddie N Tara xx
05/04/2007 at 19:27
Think youve all had the right idea starting swimming young. Im only 17 weeks, but already know I want to have my child swimming almost from birth. My step children are 4 and 5 yrs old, and still dont know how to swim properly. My partner has tried to teach them in the past but was difficult on his own, especially as the kids have lost the reflexex they had as babies and developed a perception of fear. Hopefully we can work together this summer and get them confident in the water.
13/05/2007 at 13:01
I have taken both my little ones swimming from age of 6 weeks and they both had the 1st submersions at their first lesson.

The disposable swimming nappies can be reused just stick them in the washing machine - they are ok until the elastic goes.
21/05/2007 at 14:24
Hi - I would love to take my little boy swimming he is now 12 weeks and has had his second lot of jabs so I am feeling like it is his time to go. The only thing is - I don't know what to do when I take him. Bit of a silly question I know, but I want to be confident enough or he will pick up on my nerves.

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