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    So, my bub is currently outgrowing his bathtub as a swimming pool, and I'd always planned on putting him in lessons at 6 months. Now I'm googling and I'm not sure what the best course of action is.

    I've narrowed my choices down to Aqua Babies and Shire Swim School; they're nearby and focused on babies and seem to have a pretty good outlook on the whole thing.

    I'm wondering if anyone has had experiences with either of them? Or just baby swimming schools in general. What would you recommend? How old did / would you start? How much should one expect to pay for this sort of thing? I'm also wondering if I'm starting him too late. Is 6 months too late? Or am I just being paranoid? (That definitely wouldn't be a new experience at this point.)

    Or should I just ignore the headache of making a decision and throw him in the bath and hope he doesn't sink?

    Decisions, decisions.

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    My SIL started both kids at 6 months and they are now so confident in the water, that was also the earliest she could start her children. No idea where the places are but it couldn't hurt and from what I've seen when children are started early they respond a lot better to the lessons and the water in later years. It couldn't hurt to do a term and see how you go. From the start they just try to get bubs used to the water and having water over their face. This then moves along as they become more confident to 'dunking' teaching when they will be dunked and to close their mouths(the usual reaction) and they progress in classes based on skill and minimum age.
    Personally I think it's a wonderful idea and if I didn't have a pool and a love of water my children would start that early but I'm thinking of just putting them in when older to perfect their technique.

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    I can't help you with those places as don't live near you but I highly recommend swimming lessons. My son started at 6 months (the earliest our centre takes them) and is now 15 months and has an absolute ball in the water. I pay $13.60 per week which is direct debited every week. So even when it's school holidays and the lessons have stopped I'm still charged but am free to take DS to the pool to just use at our own leisure. We have one more term left in our age group and then DS will move into the 18months to 3 years class which I'm excited for.

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    DS1 started at 5mths - highly recommend it. He's now 19mths and very advanced compared to others in his age group, according to his teacher.

    At that young age, it's all about water familiarization and getting bubs used to it - including going under. You sing songs and play games.

    Of course you could do this yourself to save money, but I know I wouldn't go every week if I wasn't paying for it. It's also great to get tips off the qualified instructors - it's socialisation for the kids too. I pay $70 per month, which includes a weekly lesson and unlimited access to the pool for both of us.

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    DD started at 4mths and is now 18mths. She is so good in the water, can push out and kick away from the wall, hold her breath, retrieve items from underwater etc. She loves it. DS is about to start lessons in 2 weeks when he turns 4mths.

    I see it as money well spent. Haven't any experience with the schools you mentioned, mine go to Superfish on the Gold Coast. They use the Austswim program.

    Hope your little one loves it too!

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    Hi, just curious, had anyone found that swimming had exposed their bubs to more ear infections etc?

    My partner would love to take our Ds to swimming lessons, I just worry about possible ear infections at this stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert01 View Post
    Hi, just curious, had anyone found that swimming had exposed their bubs to more ear infections etc?

    My partner would love to take our Ds to swimming lessons, I just worry about possible ear infections at this stage.
    Sorry, my Ds is 8.5 months and had been healthy.

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    Nope, My ds is now 15 months and has been going since he was 6 months and hasn't had one. The only issue we found was when we did a make up lesson one weekend he did get red eyes which then turned into conjuctivitis. But I think 2 days in a row in chlorine was a little too much for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert01 View Post
    Hi, just curious, had anyone found that swimming had exposed their bubs to more ear infections etc?

    My partner would love to take our Ds to swimming lessons, I just worry about possible ear infections at this stage.
    13mth dd started lessons at 6mths and no ear infections yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert01 View Post
    Hi, just curious, had anyone found that swimming had exposed their bubs to more ear infections etc?

    My partner would love to take our Ds to swimming lessons, I just worry about possible ear infections at this stage.
    DS 19mths has been going since 5mths, no ear infections yet. Have also been on several holidays with plenty of swimming too.

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