Swimming is a nice aspect of our program. It gives good vestibular stimulation for balance. It helps to improve respiration. Babies love swimming--they did just come out of an aquatic environment, and babies who swim crawl earlier. Plus mom and dad love to swim, too! Way more fun than flashcards!!
Samuel is not quite four months. We've been doing some "swimming" in the bathtub, practicing floating and getting comfortable in the water. But today Timothy heard someone say it was summer and he demanded that we swim ("You said we could swim in the summer"). We turn our hot tub down to 98 degrees (body temperature) so it's not too hot for the kids and we use a minimum amount of chemicals.
Timothy's got to get used to the water again this year (he wanted to wear his flotation swimsuit) and Samuel didn't quite know what to think, but the more we're in the water the better off they'll get.
With Samuel, we work on floating, going under the water, and just getting comfortable. I nursed him in the water, too, and that made it a little more tolerable for him! But I recorded his first "real" swimming experience. He wasn't too impressed, but he got a little more comfortable as time went on.
The thing is--Samuel just doesn't like anything.