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Can Your Baby Swim? Infant Swim Lessons Are Shown To Result In Some Advanced Physical Abilities

Infant swim lessons

Not only can Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) baby swim lessons teach your child to survive in an aquatic accident, but studies also indicate that baby swimmers demonstrate better balance and manual dexterity than non-swimmers.

Research conducted at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) shows that this advantage persists even at the age of five. Hermundur Sigmundsson, a professor of psychology at NTNU, along with Brian Hopkins, a professor of psychology from Lancaster University, have highlighted the benefits of infant swimming in promoting balance and motor skills in babies and young children.

Participants in the study engaged in baby swimming classes for two hours a week from the ages of 2 to 3 months until approximately 7 months old. Around age 5, both the baby swimmers and the control group underwent similar exercises, including walking on tiptoes, balancing on one foot, skipping rope, rolling a ball into a goal, and catching a beanbag. The results were significant. “We observed a clear superiority among baby swimmers in exercises related to balance and reaching abilities,” notes Sigmundsson.

“It’s incredibly exciting to see that targeted training in infancy can have lasting effects. Development encompasses a dynamic interplay of maturation, growth, experience, and learning. Our study underscores the importance of early learning,” concludes Sigmundsson. Infant swim lessons not only equip your baby with essential water safety skills but also provide a developmental edge in certain physical abilities over their peers. For more information on baby swim lessons, visit isrwaterkids.com.

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