Posted October 20th 2015

Bringing your baby or child to the pool has positive physical, mental and emotional benefits. By keeping your babies and children active this fall and winter, they can enjoy these developmental benefits!

Getting your baby into the pool early can help improve a their co-ordination and balance. With the help from buoyancy in the water, babies can more freely move their bodies, stretch out and use different muscles than they would be able to on land. Overall, babies who swim have a much better balance out of the pool. http://www.swimming.org/go/parents/baby-swimming/

Some emotional and mental benefits for babies include bonding with the parent/guardian, increased confidence, and wellbeing and improved knowledge of safety.

According to Swimming Nation Canada, swimming skills should be introduced at very early ages. Physical activity is essential for healthy child development. Among its other benefits, physical activity enhances development of brain function, coordination, social skills, gross motor skills, emotions, leadership, and imagination. Swim Nation Canada

A young child who participates in water related activities, can experience these benefits:

  • Increased confidence and positive self-esteem
  • Strong bone and muscle development
  • Improved flexibility, posture and balance
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced stress
  • Greater knowledge of their body and how to move skillfully Swim Nation Canada

Swimming is a sport that encourages building strength through resistance instead of weightlifting. “Resistance training including body-weight-caring exercises can benefit young bodies and prepare them for active lives” reports Reuters Health.

By using the water for resistance, each workout is scalable. The Mayo Clinic endorses that swimming promotes greater lung capacity and cardiovascular health. Mayo Clinic

With fall already here and winter just around the corner, keep your children active in the cooler months by signing up for swim lessons or water sports.