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5 Health Benefits of Swimming for Your Infant or Toddler

Opening up new and exciting opportunities for your child to learn and develop skills is one of the most priceless gifts you can give as a parent. Teaching your kid how to swim as early as possible is not only vital for their safety, but it also promotes their mental and physical health.

Swimming is an excellent way for your infant or toddler to explore and engage the world around them. Naturally, as a parent, you want to ensure your child’s safety first. The first step you can take is to arm them with proper swimming techniques. Take note that children who have taken formal swimming lessons have been shown to have 88% less risk of drowning.

Beyond safety, swimming can improve your children’s health. The infographic below shows all you need to know about how swimming can be healthy for your children and how to get them excited to swim.


5 Health Benefits of Swimming for Your Infant or Toddler


  • 1. Aids muscle development

Swimming for infants and toddlers provides a gentler type of exercise that involves the entire body. Water-resistance helps build muscle strength, as well as promote cardiovascular health by strengthening the lungs, heart, and blood vessels. Best of all, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that people enjoy water-based exercises better than land exercises.

  • 2. Builds cognitive skills

A study from Griffith University in Australia found that children who learned to swim at a young age have more advanced visual-motor skills, such as cutting paper, coloring in, and drawing lines and shapes. They also score better in performing mathematical tasks and following instructions, with the swimmers being 20 months ahead of non-swimmers.

  • 3. Boosts appetite

Given the physical exertion needed in swimming and the energy your child uses to stay warm in the water, it’s no surprise that he/she will be hungry after the activity. With regular swimming time in their schedule, you can expect your child’s appetite to increase.

  • 4. Improves sleeping patterns

Swimming provides a good source of regular aerobic activity, especially for children. Experts agree that children who do regular exercise sleep better at night. Incorporating swimming into your child’s active routine can improve their sleeping patterns. Not only does this mean that they’re better rested, but their bodies will repair and develop in ideal conditions.

  • 5. Promotes coordination and balance

Compared to other sports and exercises, swimming causes less strain on the joints and connective tissues due to the natural buoyancy while in the water. In addition, it allows kids to improve both their strength and flexibility. Swimming as an exercise can also improve your child’s balance and coordination even outside of the pool.

Originally Published by Marsden Swim School


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