Baby swimming is the perfect way to bond and Aqua Sensory offers so much more….
Often, I question WHEN parents should start baby swimming. During the first few months, babies actually need very FEW structured activities. What is more important is;
- Being close to their parent
- Having a secure emotional base
- The space to explore their natural environment.
It is good to take stock and question ourselves from within. Are we simply ‘doing’ baby swimming as an activity to be with friends or taking the time with our presence to be there for our baby, in the pool?
After all …….we are human BEings and not human DOings!
Parents have so much choice when it comes to activities and socialising with their baby, from massage, yoga, music, signing and sensory development classes, to name but a few. What activities to join and when is a personal choice for the parent and one usually based upon their values. But, true to say …. Is our world can be busy, noisy and with so many options even a little confusing. We believe that Aqua Sensory classes cut through this noise, to offer our parents the perfect blend of all these dry land activities and their ethos in the pool. It is the perfect baby swimming class!
Let’s not forget baby swimming offers many physical, emotional and social benefits, it’s all so encompassing. But, the cherry on the cake so to speak, is that swimming is a life skill. If swimming is introduced during a baby’s first year of life in a gentle way, they will become more adapted to the environment and retain a love of water, as the brain is more pliable, ready to receive and wire experiences.
Let’s talk about water ….
We often take water for granted. But it is the basis for all our baby swimming sensory classes. Water is both a natural and therapeutic environment for a baby, having spent the last 9 months in the amitotic fluids in the womb. Water can give us many emotions! It can be both exciting and calming all at the same time i.e. when we splash it – it can splash back, or when we relax in the warm waters – it can be soothing and comforting on the skin.
And not let’s not forget that water provides a gravity-free medium which allows babies to explore a wider range of movements than when they are on dry land. For example; three-dimensional movements like stretching out their arms and legs at the same time. This probably doesn’t mean much to you, but to a baby who has limited movement on a hard surface on dry land, this freedom of movement can be … oh boy … a truly thrilling experience for babies as they learn to explore how to move their bodies beyond the normal stages of development. Unconscious movements in the form of reflex actions are practised until their bodies learn control and their brains can translate these actions into conscious voluntary movements.
What better way for babies to learn muscle and movement control than in a supported environment where a baby can feel relaxed and nurtured by their parents. Movement is the basis of learning; it is literally the ‘brains food’, as it transports vital nutrients, water and oxygen to the brain. It is really important for babies to be in a relaxed state to create strong neurological pathways; baby swimming together, for example, will release feel-good hormones such as ‘oxytocin’ and endorphins into the brain. Whereas stress will have the opposite effect for a baby and can create negative connections. Repeated stress on a baby’s brain can have implications for a baby’s development, later on in life.
Water is, of course, the source of life, both parents and babies can connect with it and bond together. Aqua Sensory guides baby swimming teachers to use a sensory ethos that is the perfect blend of sensory experiences for baby. To learn more about Aqua Sensory in your classes or if you are a parent how you can apply this to your experiences…. Do get in touch we would love to hear from you.
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