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Swimming Lessons for Your Baby in SH

So. This one's for people with babies. New parents with babies. Have we got any new parents out there? Have you got a baby? New parents, anyone? Seriously, today, we're going to be talking about places to take your baby for swimming lessons in Shanghai and the issues that crop up thereof. If you don't have a baby, you might want to click away right now. Perhaps to one of SmartShanghai's lovely party photo galleries?Children swimming in Shanghai
So. Obviously, learning to swim is among one of the most essential life skills a person can have. For little ones, being able to swim and being confident with water is not only a potentially life-saving skill, but it also helps on many deeper levels with developing self-confidence, socializing skills, and trust. As a parent, this is one of the better gifts you can give your child -- an essential one, especially for expat families, who tend to take vacations in lots of places with hotel swimming pools. Got to teach your kid to swim. You've got to. Skills like these will set one up for a much more rounded and independent life.

But when is the right age to bring your kid to the water? One school of thought -- the one I subscribe to -- is the earlier the better. The earlier we can get our children into the water the better. From about 6 months onwards they're ready for the pool.

There are a lot of detractors to "Water Babies" classes and giving babies swimming lessons. Some say babies are natural swimmers and that these skills develop naturally with time anyways. Some say babies are just not developed enough physically to deal with water (they tend to have issues with closing their mouths to stop the intake of water…and… um… basic issues with successfully pulling off "floating"). For me, I've learned that the only things babies do naturally is breath, drink milk, pee, and poo. Everything else is learned. It's also my background, growing up in Australia, the big outdoors and swimming in particular is a big part of our childhood. Getting my kid used to and familiar with water as soon as possible transfers this culture and heritage. It's also a great way to bond with your child. Their lessons are for you as well.

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