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The Little Lilypad is a lifestyle blog mostly written by a mum to two beautiful, cheeky and entertaining daughters. It is sometimes written by the Man on the Pad or by one of our baby bloggers. Occasionally we accept guest posts too. There is frequently talk of shoes and clothing (we love fashion and savvy shopping), chocolate (who doesn't love chocolate) education and swimming (we love this too). It is hopefully helpful, sometimes funny and always honest.

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Swimming: The Perfect Activity for Children and Parents

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Last weekend my husband had to physically drag me out of bed on Sunday morning for our daughters swimming lesson and according to many experts, the earlier you start your child in the water the better (although I am guessing this means in age rather than the time of the morning). 

There are genuinely few activities that are quite as life enhancing as a morning (or afternoon) in the swimming pool. It’s one of the cheapest ways to get plenty of health and psychological benefits and is also a great way for children and parents to socialise. Swimming delivers a complete activity package that provides great fun and important physical exercise, something we could all do with little bit more of (especially after the Christmas excess). I know I have said it before, but it really is great for both children and parents, can improve bonding, develop self-confidence, improve health conditions and provides an ideal opportunity for mums and dads to destress and relax in safe surroundings.

 Swimming from an early age helps to build water confidence and safety

Social and Parental Bonding

New and challenging environments are brilliant for parents and children. The swimming pool is a place of great excitement for kids with plenty of opportunity to splash around and play with other children. Not only that, swimming brings an important opportunity for mum and dad to develop stronger bonds of trust and love with natural skin-to-skin contact as well as bunches of fun.

Great for Physical and Mental Health

Swimming is perfect for both your physical health and your state of mind. There’s nothing more natural than teaching your kid how to love and trust water, from the time you step into the baby area to that momentous occasion when you take them into the big pool for the first time. According to a lot of research, swimming is one of the top activities that creates a better overall sense of well-being. Parents love it just as much as the kids.

Better Breathing and Coordination

Learning to swim comes with all sorts of value added extras. I have blogged about my daughters asthma previously but children with breathing problems such as asthma actually find swimming makes a big difference – you might think the opposite but actually the warm humid air can often make breathing a lot easier. Swimming also helps to develop coordination and build muscle strength without being high impact and is one exercise that your children probably won’t moan about as they grow older. (My oldest daughter is testament to this as she is now part of a swimming club)

 Swimming helps to develop coordination and build muscle strength without be

Boosting Confidence for Later Lessons

How early you get your baby or toddler involved with baby swimming lessons could have long term effects on building their confidence. Toddlers are usually happy to splash around in the water and if you keep it up until they are ready to swim properly then learning to do the crawl or the breaststroke should be breeze. Getting in the swimming pool not only benefits the kids, it’s good for parents too. 

 Did you know ....?

A study back in 2009 found toddlers that went into the swimming pool early developed better motor coordination and had improved balance over those that didn’t go in the water?

Another German research project showed that toddlers who were introduced to water at a young age exhibited more intelligence and better social skills later on.

If you need any other reasons to get your kids in the water as soon as possible, then how about the absolute fun you can have splashing around in the pool? We are planning a swimming birthday party for later in the year, so we hope that everyone else is as enthusiastic as we are about swimming!!

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  1. Aidan is so hot and cold when it comes to water. One week he loves it and next week he hates it. I am hoping throughout the year to try and get him to more swimming classes and hopefully he will learn to love it

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  2. Aww I love that you're taking your daughter swimming. I still appreciate that my mum took me to swimming lessons as a child, and while I'm not an expert now, I still remember and practice the basics when I can x

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  3. As you know we did Water Babies from early on too. I don't know about the intelligence things yet, but N is definitely good on motor skills out of the water, compared to a lot of his peers

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  4. Fi Ni Neachtain

    I love swimming so much, I just wish I was confident enough to take my huge pregnant self to the pool with my son! It'd be a great and fun form of exercise for us both.

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  5. I love this and completely agree. We took Freddie swimming for the first time when he was 6 weeks old. He is 9 months old now and loves water.

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  6. I've never taken my children swimming, and I really want to! When they were babies we lived close to a pool but I couldn't have taken them both on my own. My son is afraid of water, but I'd really like to take him swimming sometime to try and help him get over his fear!

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  7. I don't actually have children, but if I did, teaching them to swim would be quite high on my priority list. Not only is it fun and brilliant exercise, but it's also a life saving skill. I'm with you on the early mornings though, I think it would be an afternoon session for me lol :) Debbie

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  8. I started taking my child swimming when she was a baby, sadly after I got unwell it stopped and i regret that but i want my daughter to get back into swimming regular once more. Angela Milnes

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