We started at 6 months. Best money spent on him. For a long time him and his friends were in a special group as they were all too young to advance up a group but too advanced to stay where they were.
You really notice the difference between the kids who have been doing it for a while and the ones who have started older. The downside is that they can be a little over confident and have no fear of the water.
Ds did have ear infections but his friends didn''t. I think its just his genetics.
When I asked my GP about it, she said that sometimes it's just the luck of the draw. Some kids get infections - particularly ear and sinus - at the drop of a hat, while others cheerfully go through infancy with barely a hint. I'm working on the assumption that the same applies for swimming :P
DD started at 4mths and is 18mths now. We do swim lessons twice a week, 3 times in winter. She has never had an ear infection or illness. Most ear infections are caused by not drying the ears, not the pool water.
My kids have both started at 6 months and neither have ever had an ear infection from swimming
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