Swimming with your little one has many plus points, so if you’re struggling to think of things to do with your baby, here are a few reasons you might want to consider heading to your local pool.

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Life skill

Swimming is a life skill which comes in handy at so many points during your adult life. From being able to enjoy a swimming pool when you are on holiday to being competent in the sea- it’s something that could save your child’s life one day so well worth teaching them early on.

It stops your child being afraid of water

So many children fear the water, so showing them that there is nothing to be afraid of if you treat it with respect will prevent them from having an irrational fear of the clear stuff when they are older.

You can meet other parents

We take our daughter to the same pool every Saturday and you get to know the staff and the other parents who have the same habit. Interacting with other people in the same boat as you helps you feel less lonely as a parent.

It can be a single or family activity

If you are on parental leave, you can take your baby alone or wait until your partner, friend or family member can go with you to enjoy the experience together.

It tires your baby out

If your baby struggles to nap peacefully or for very long or has trouble sleeping at night- you can guarantee that this will help them to rest better after your swimming session and sleep more soundly in the evening following your visit to the pool.

It keeps your baby active

There aren’t many opportunities for your baby to move their entire body as they tend to be transferred between bouncer chairs, car seats and play mats which only really encourage the leg muscles to get used. Swimming helps them to move other muscles in their body that they wouldn’t normally.

It’s an inexpensive activity

It costs us around £7 for all three of us to go swimming which is reasonable when you compare it to other actives that are geared up for babies. So, if your budget is limited for family days out- this is a cheap and cheerful way to have some fun.

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