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    Default What age for babies to start swimming

    Just wondering what age you can start your bub in swimming lessons or taking them in the pool or paddling in the creek. DS is 10 weeks and loves the bath & it would b good to b able to take him to the pool in these hot days.

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    Default What age for babies to start swimming

    We started DD at swimming lessons when she was 6 months old. If she had been born during warmer months I probably would have taken her for a paddle earlier! She is 2.5 now and such a water baby and very water smart, and I think it is from being used to the water from a young age!

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    Default Re: What age for babies to start swimming

    our local pool has lessons from 12 weeks of age

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    Default What age for babies to start swimming

    I am wondering this too, but some websites say to wait until 6 months as public pools and creeks can have germs and bacteria in them! That seems ages away (DS in 9 weeks) and by that time it will be too cold!

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    Our local pool starts from 3 months old, but our MCHN advised after 6 months as they have a better immune system. We started DS just after he turned 12 months and he is really enjoying it as he understands much more about what is going on and has the physical capability to complete the things practiced in the lesson like jumping in and walking the mat.

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    Default What age for babies to start swimming

    Our swim centre starts from 4 months. DD was 6 months

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    Default Re: What age for babies to start swimming

    Where I take DD for lessons is 6mths though one place I looked into (an actual swim school, not lessons at a public pool) was 10wks.

    I did take her for a splash around by myself at about 4.5mths

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    Default Re: What age for babies to start swimming

    I am a swim teacher, and I recommend swim lessons after 6 months. Only because the public pool will have too many germs that they can't handle... Private pools, ie your own pool, I say go for gold. The sooner you can familiarise your little one with water the better. Get them used to splashing and having water on their faces. I have seen too many babies cry when they get their faces splashed because they have never experienced.it before. Just keep an eye on them and make sure they don't get too cold...

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    We planned on about 6 months but our local pool only had lessons for that age on a Saturday which didn't suit me. So, our dd will finally be starting lessons at 16 months in Feb next year. The great thing about Feb is that the weather is warm which makes swimming lessons so much easier, eventhough it's an indoor pool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilovehats View Post
    Our local pool starts from 3 months old, but our MCHN advised after 6 months as they have a better immune system.
    Same here.

    LO went for his first swim yesterday (12 weeks) at a friends pool, and will be starting lessons in the new year. So he'll be almost 4 months when he starts.


 

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