Take your little ones to the pool for National Baby Swimming Week!
What better time to take your baby or toddler for some fun family time at your nearest swimming pool?
This week commencing 31st October it’s the first-ever National Baby Swimming Week, and parents across the UK will be taking their babies and toddlers to swimming classes where they will gain a host of health benefits.
Parents with babies as young as one-day-old are now heading to the pool to attend swimming classes because they help build baby's physical strength, their mental and social development, and help with parent-child bonding. Most importantly, they teach our little ones a potentially life-saving skill.
Plus, according to a recent survey conducted by Water Babies for National Swimming Week children who start learning swimming from an early age are more physically active in general. The survey found that 93% of children under the age of five who attend swimming lessons are physically active for at least 3 hours per day. That’s more than the official guidelines, which recommend sixty minutes of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity per day. On average, only around a half of seven-to-eight year olds achieve this recommendation.
So it's no wonder why many UK families are committed to getting their children into swimming from a young age; it's ideal for babies of all physical abilities. In the video below, Melene Locke from Canterbury describes how swimming lessons helped develop her son’s Barney's physical strength.
Watch the video
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