Swimming Classes For 9 Month Old

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gurinsa - April 9

I'm so excited!! I just signed my daughter up for swim classes. She is 9.5 months old and we have been looking for a regular/weekly acitivity. Gymboree just didn't do it for us. Anyone else take swimming classes this early? What has been your experience?

 

ginger6363 - April 9

I signed my dd 7. 5 months up for a swim cla__s this summer. She goes for orientation in a couple of weeks. I hope she likes it. Of course, it's more of a baby water-fun cla__s than aswimming cla__s---made to make baby more comfortable in the water.

 

mlm056 - April 9

hi, my ds is now 9 mths, we have been swimming since 6 mths.. he loves it. It is more like ginger said.. getting him used to the water, encouraging him to use his legs to kick and his hands to splash.. he understands the words 'kick' and 'splash'. At 6 mths he was very keen to put his face in the water.. not so much now.. I don't force anything, just let him take the lead. Enjoy! It's great time out of the house (esp for us SAHM's!) Let us know how it goes!

 

Nerdy_Girl_10242006 - April 9

I'm waiting for the pool here to open up so we can go swimming and then I wanted to sign her up at our rec center to swim. She is 7 months now but I wanted to at 6 months but its cold

 

MelissaK - April 9

We started DD at 5.5 MO. She loves it. Be prepared for a couple of freaky things. First, you will completely immerse her underwater. Second, by the third cla__s, we were not only immersing the babies, but we were "hands off" for up to 5 seconds. It's freaky but none of the babies cried, they all seemed to like it!

 

ginger6363 - April 9

really, melissa? none of the babies cried? that's incredible, I would think they'd be terrified...but maybe they don't have any frame of reference. How did your cla__s submerge? Did the simply dunk hte baby or did you let them dive into the water from the edge of the pool?

 

gurinsa - April 10

Thanks for the heads up Melissa..I will be a little freaked out by submerging!!!! My daughter can't stand alone so diving into the water from the edge is not an option for us...

 

squished - April 10

Are you guys talking about the ISR cla__ses? The one here is one on one instruction. We are thinking about taking our ds 9.5 months b/c we live in FL and there is water everywhere!! I'm afraid that he'll be terrified of the water though. GINGER....I was laughing out loud when I read about the babies diving in from the edge. I could just picture my lo diving in.

 

ginger6363 - April 10

:) I guess "diving from the edge" wasn't the right phrase. My swim cla__s ppl said that babies naturally hold their breath when falling forward and that how they submerge in the cla__s we will be taking...he made it sound like they sit the baby on the edge and the parents drop them forward (kinda like diving) in the water, but I'm not sure, since I've nvr seen it done.

 

MelissaK - April 10

Most of the babies in my cla__s (there are 6) are all about 6-7 months old. The oldest is 2 years old. For the dunking, we practiced games in the water first, like ring around the rosie with a hoola hoop (so cute!) and other games. So there is A LOT of splashing on their faces. Then we were taught how to wipe their eyes clean with your thumb, then (holding them of course) you dunk them underwater and bring them back up fast to your shoulder and praise praise praise. The submersion part is freakier though, it's a "hands off" thing where you count to 5 (I only get to 3, which is probably more like 1 second because I say it so fast). My LO waves her arms a bit under the water (but not in panic if you know what I mean) then I bring her back up and she is very cool with it all. We always finish out the swim day with a ride around the pool on her daddy's back. The whole time water is in her face and everything and we do get alot of smiles. Oh yeah, she crawls in the water up the ramp too. The cla__s is designed to gethte babies comfortable in the pool and to teach the parent how to be comfortable as well. You learn some skills you can use for the next three years. At three years old is when you start a formal swim cla__s. Last, bath time has become terrific, she now sits in the tub (no aide of the bath seat) and she splashes and plays. When she slips occasionally (we are right there of course), we don't freak out because water is more comfortable now. We just put her right in the sitting position. One last thing, the instructor said flotation swimsuits will be a detriment to a kid learning to swim, so don't use them or water wings. If you use a flotation device, use a life jacket. Inner tubes are fun toys too.

 

MelissaK - April 10

We do a humpty dumpty thing too from the edge of the pool and you bring them down and dunk them a little. We also do a thing where you go arouind the pool edge and the baby holds the side. It's all harmless and the babies all seem to be enjoying themselves (except for one kid who seems to never be happy with anything - in or out of the water).

 

MelissaK - April 10

You know one drawback I do know of is now that the baby is comfortable near water, she may wander into a pond. She does not know how to swim and won't swim for a few more years. So this is something to think about. These cla__ses take the fear away, and maybe you want to keep that little bit of fear in place for a couple of years for safety reasons.

 

gurinsa - April 10

Melissa, have you heard of reusable swim diapers? do you use them?

 

ginger6363 - April 10

My swim cla__s required those reusable swim diapers, too. All the kids in the cla__s have to wear 2 of them for extra protection.

 

gurinsa - April 10

what do you do - wash them in the washing machine???

 

ginger6363 - April 10

our cla__s won't let us use disposal (huggies-type) swim diapers. The ones the recommend are washable. I've heard of ppl using cloth diaper covers withotu the liner (they have velcro tabs) as the cloth swim diaper. Melissa: I read that it may be a good idea to bring a bottle for immediately after cla__s since baby will be super hungry after all that activity. I might try that as part of our "exit plan". :)

 

newbabyras - April 10

definitely could have used that "exit plan" before our first one last week. I felt so bad that i didn't even think of how ravenous ds would be (he's a year) after all that! he was in tears by the time we got home...i felt awful. we're going twice a week and he loves it too, we haven't done the submersion stuff yet - only two cla__ses in. I'm taking munchies and a bottle tonight for sure!!

 

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