Having spent months surrounded by fluid in the womb, babies have a real affinity with water. By nurturing this from an early age, you'll start your child on a habit that last a lifetime, helping them to learn to swim earlier and be safer around water.
Amazingly, babies are born with reflexes that give them a natural ability in the water. When supported in the water tummy-side down, babies will move their arms and legs in a 'swimming reflex'. The 'dive reflex' means that your baby will automatically hold her breath and open her eyes when submerged.
Both of these reflexes can be encouraged to form the beginnings of co-ordinated swimming movements, so the earlier you start the better.
Playing in water is a feast for all the senses; there are new sights, sounds and smells to discover and enjoy, the feel of the water on the skin is soothing and interesting, and water gives a wonderful sense of weightlessness and freedom to move around.
Fun and rewarding
Exposing your baby to water at a young age means that he is more likely to have positive water experiences in future and it will help avoid a fear of water.
Once they adjust to the new environment of the pool, most babies relax and enjoy the water. After all, while it's a healthy form of exercise that teaches a valuable and potentially life saving skill, swimming is mostly about having fun.