About Baby Swimming

About Baby Swimming

The Science bit… do you need more great reasons to swim with your baby?

  • Physiological milestones are achieved earlier
  • The water’s buoyancy allows freedom of movement giving the opportunity for babies to move independently, long before they are able to crawl or walk
  • As ability grows so does confidence and self esteem
  • Swimming contributes to sound motor development and improves function of skeletal muscles
  • Swimming can compliment physiotherapy and osteopathy to help babies develop muscles symmetrically on both sides of the body

    Physiological Benefits

    • Babies who swim are often more alert for their age
    • Better eating and sleeping patterns
    • Increased lung and cardio-vascular function and their general health are improved
    • German researchers have shown that early swimmers perform better on tests measuring social, academic, motor and personality developments (although such results may also be attributed to overall quality of parenting)

Muscular Development

  • Babies can exercise more muscles in the buoyant water environment, they are not restricted to their incapacity to sit or stand up
  • This can be seen in their strength to raise themselves up using their arms and in walking


  • Early co-ordination due to transformation of reflex movements into conscious movements in the water
  • A good sense of balance is developed as they learn to roll and move bilaterally in the water. This is crucial for later swimming

Neurological Development

  • Water gives babies a heightened multi-sensory experience involving touch, hearing, sight, and to some extent even taste and smell
  • Quality stimulation in the form of intense physical and eye contact with parents, promoting closeness & developing skills for later life
  • Assists in creating neural pathways

Physiological Development

  • Helps to round out and develop a baby’s personality
  • Cautious babies learn to accept risk while boisterous babies learn to be more prudent
  • As babies discover that they can propel themselves through the water, their independence and self-confidence increases
  • Water offers them an early opportunity to respond to the unexpected
  • Social end expressive skills are developed quickly through water play