Baby Swimming Lessons: A Bonding Experience

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV)-- It's all about preventing accidents which can lead to drowning, later in life. Moms and their babies dive right in to swimming lessons at Sentara RMH year-round. They are usually called 'mommy and me swimming lessons'.

The lessons in this pool take babies between the ages six and 18 months. This includes mom, Jenny Miller, and her son.

"This class just made me feel more comfortable handling him in the water. And also, just made him feel like the water is a safe place for him to be when he's with me. They know how to hold their breath when they're in class, and that's helped us as parents just to see that they have the ability to do that," said Miller.

Although it's typically not the babies, but moms that are afraid to dive into the class. Instructor Kristen Monroe says oftentimes, the babies are more ready than you'd think.

"I've seen babies as early as six weeks in the water, because they actually just have that natural instinct of being in the water from being in the womb. So, you know, anytime that the parent feels comfortable is an awesome time to introduce the water to them," said Monroe.

The babies learn to do everything from floating, to kicking, and even holding their breath underwater.

"It's awesome to see the change they make in just a two week turn around period. They come in often very apprehensive to get into the water. But then by the end they're jumping, and smiling and really happy to be in the water, so that's always great to see," said Monroe.

The classes are still happening at the wellness center. For more information and to sign up, click the link on the sidebar of this story.

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