Swimming is a beneficial and fun exercise for expectant mothers and little babies alike. From helping with endurance for labor to, developing basic motor skills for babies, here are our favorite picks for a wet and wild summer in Shanghai.
What are the Benefits of Swimming in Babies:
The younger a child can begin swimming lessons with a parent, the sooner they will be able to build a solid foundation of water safety and floating skills.
Safety: By teaching your child to swim, he will not only become a stronger swimmer, but also gain valuable experience in the water.
Physical Health: Swimming is a way to prevent childhood obesity, which has been linked to juvenile diabetes, notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Swimming also puts less strain on joints and connective tissues than other forms of exercise
Emotional Health: Encouraging your child to swim can also improve his mental and emotional health. Swimming can also improve overall mood, and help combat depression, notes the CDC.
Benefits of Swimming for Expecting Moms
Swimming is a gentle way to work toward your goal of 30 minutes of prenatal exercise a day without aggravating your loosening joints. Swimming during pregnancy can also help:
Relieve ankle and foot swelling: Submersing your limbs in water helps push fluids from your tissues back into your veins and also boosts your circulation, which keeps blood from pooling in the lower limbs.
Ease sciatic pain: Baby’s floating right along with you (instead of pressing down on your sciatic nerve).
Reduce morning sickness: Many women report that the cool water provides welcome relief from nausea.
Keep you cool: It’s a hard thing to do when those pregnant sweat glands are on overdrive — but a dip in a cool pool can help, especially when the temperatures soar outside.
Improve your labor and delivery experience: Swimming maintains muscle tone and increases your endurance — both of which you’ll be thankful for when it comes time to push baby out.
Things to Remember for Swimming with Babies under 1 years old:
Make sure the pool is warm enough (if necessary ask the pool attendants to check the temperature for you. Babies need a temperature of 32 degrees C if they are not in a baby wetsuit)
Slowly lower your baby into the water until it reaches his shoulders and keep him moving so he stays warm
As soon as your baby starts to shiver, get him out of the pool and wrap him up warmly. Babies lose heat more quickly than adults, so they shouldn’t stay in the water too long
For the Lil’ Babes
Baby & Me Classes
Mommy Bow Aqua Class
Offered for different age groups starting from age 2.5 months until toddlers age (3.5 years), the classes are separated into three categories: Goldfish (2.5months-9months), Dolphins (9 months+) and Toddlers (until 3.5yrs). This class will keep your baby moving while also building their confidence and independence in the water. Aqua classes are known to support physical and mental development of growing children.
Classes are held in Xintiandi as well as in Xuhui weekly.
For more details you may contact them by WeChat (WeChat ID: Mommybow)
Mommy Bow also offers prenatal aqua classes.
Early Creations SPORTSWORLD Swimming
Designed for baby and their guardian, these sessions start to teach your child the basic skills they need to learn to swim including; how to move in water, be comfortable submerging, getting used to different body positions and how to get in and out of the pool safely. Their classes separated into two groups, 6months to 18months and 18months to 36months.
Classes are held at Central Residences (No.165, Lane 1038, Huashan Rd Club House) For more details you may contact them by WeChat (WeChat ID:chelle18n)
Sport for Life: Waterbaby 1 & 2
Shanghai’s only program verified by Australia’s national organization for the teaching of swimming and water safety, AUSTWIM, Sport for Life takes a survival-based swimming approach. Your child will learn to be confident in the water before learning any strokes. Only after mastering the basics will your child learn the more advanced strokes.
Suitable age: Waterbaby 1: Six months to 18months (accompany with parents) Water baby 2: 18 months to 24months (accompany with parents) new semester begins August to Feb 2nd.
For more information you may go to www.sportforlife.com.cn or call 6282 1762 to enquire or book.
Loong Swim Club
All of its trainers are certified by the German training system BvAP. It offers a range of programs from beginner-level water confidence classes to intermediate-level swimming. Independently run, their pool venue can keep temperatures consistently between 32 and 34 degrees with water changed every week. Classes are 30-40mins long.
Suitable age: Three months to six years. Classes are separated according to age: 3mo-10mos 10-18mos, 18-24mos, 24-36mos. Kids above 3yrs will not need to be accompanied by parents in the water
Address: 2FL, No 1, Liuquan Long, near Luxiangyuan Lu
Tel: 021 6303 8077