If you think frolicking in the water with your babies is swimming then you are so wrong. To inspire or cultivate a real swimmer from birth, the legitimate way is to bring him/her to a real swimming class. Our recommendation if you ask? We gave our thumbs to the stalwart coaches at Inspire Mum & Baby down at Changi Road because we have been down in the water and back with a decision. We are coming back for more!
For the past 8 years, since 2007 from Katong Mall, Inspire has helped parents to guide their babies in adopting an independence in swimming and other bonding classes such as family yoga and baby massages classes. Their owner cum instructor Linda has been the main pillar to this health and fitness centre to support family planning with their personalized loving touch of many fun and interactive courses for the whole family from grandparents to babies.
To coach the little ones to be confident in the water is not plain sailing for some, from our dreaded past swimming experience with a 17-month old toddler, was proven otherwise when we were at Inspire. We had a chat with Instructor Linda and here are what we learned from her at the Baby Swimming Level 1 & 2 classes perched on a private rooftop pool above WIS building with our excited water baby wanna-be.
SWIMMING IS ESSENTIAL AT A YOUNG AGE
There are many advantages for the babies to do swimming at a young age. Babies learn swimming at a rapid speed once they gain their confidence in the water. The motor skills and coordination are greatly enhanced due to the movements in the water and that’s why Inspire recommend babies with special needs to do swimming as that will encourage them to relax and move their body in a gentler flow which encourages flow movement to dynamic movements.
My (Linda’s) two kids started at a young age from 5 weeks plus. The babies who do lots of swimming, kicking usually will do a good crawl as the movements are similar. The symmetric movements encourage crawling, balancing and coordinated movements and support.
PREPARING YOUR BABY BEFORE CLASSES
Babies are recommended to have enough rest prior to class. It’s usually not a good day for the parent if the child just wakes up from the nap or it’s sleeping time. At Inspire, classes start in the early morning either 9 or 930am, many babies might get grouchy being up so early, therefore, start the day early to get their sleepy head freshen up and be on time for the lessons.
WHY INSPIRE MUM & BABY
Inspire have taught hundreds of students or potentially more through the 8 years and we have grown with the kids and parents. The approach is always on babies cues and their readiness and assist the parents to guide the babies into the objectives for the lessons. Work on encouraging the babies and not to enforce or force the child. Thus, it will be a gentler and respectful approach to the young ones.
INSPIRE MUM & BABY’S MISSON
To allow the growth of their water confidence in babies and increased parent/child communication. Once the babies are having their water confidence, the swimming, etc. will come. Eventually, with time and practice, the little ones will improve and become water babies in the next level.
At the end of the lesson, our little swimmer warmed up from the reluctant early morning wake to a range of games and familiar songs we sing at home. Not only he was happy to be kicking his feet confidently but he also learned new techniques to move better in the water. Without much effort, our water baby leaped off the edge of the pool wall, chest first into the water with a proud smile on his face right into our arms. And to all parents if this is something you look forward to experiencing, then look forward to further more new and exciting skills your baby can learn at Inspire Mum & Baby. We? Let’s try some submerging this weekend.
If you are interested in trying out at Inspire Mum & Baby for their baby swimming lessons, you may visit their website for more information at www.inspiremumbaby.com.
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