In the last few years, you’ll have noticed a push for kids to start swim lessons earlier on in life. What age can babies take swim lessons? Well, according to new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the best age to start swimming lessons is now thought to be right around a baby’s first birthday. And this is giving people some feelings.
If you’re a Mom with a Facebook account, you’ve probably seen the terrifying videos of someone carelessly throwing a baby in footed pajamas into a pool. This video has taught you what to expect at baby swim lessons, and you don’t like what you see. You’ve probably yelled at your computer screen when the baby seemed to struggle to roll onto his back. You may have even tried to jump into the computer to rescue the baby that’s working way too hard to get back to the side of the pool.
When it was all over, you huffed and said, “that cannot POSSIBLY be the best age to start swim lessons. Are you crazy??” And while I generally don’t insist to people that I’m in my right mind, I will tell you that I’ve done that. Three times.
Not to say that it didn’t sometimes have me on the edge of my seat, but now that I’m five years into this survival swimming thing I can say with confidence that if you’re wondering what age can babies take swim lessons? Well, the best age to start swim lessons is whatever age your kids are now. Here’s what to expect at baby swim lessons.