Every winter, many parents find themselves debating whether they should take the baby to the pool or not. It ‘s cold and raining outside. You might be worried about your child developing an ear infection. Maybe it’s better to stay at home? Where the environment is warm and cozy? Well, my answer to you is no! After years of experience as a swim school instructor, here’s precisely why winter is actually the preferred season to get into the pool.

Why is swimming so important during the winter?

During cold winter days, we dress the baby in several layers of clothes, which reduces the range of motion and mobility of the baby. They can move less, which also prevents the growth and strength of muscles and other viable organs associated with mobility. In the pool, however, with minimal clothing, we allow babies to move actively and pleasantly. This movement is so important for the body blood flow, strengthening the muscles and eliminating excess amounts of energy.

Furthermore, infants suffering from respiratory-related problems may benefit from winter swimming due to the humidity in the pool area and water vapors arising from the heated pool, which helps open the lungs and airways.

Can swimming cause ear infections?

Like every winter, most children during the wintertime are congested or have drowsy noses, sore throats and ear infections, but we shouldn’t mistake the origin of those typical winter illnesses with being in the pool! On the contrary, a child who is used to actively swim and the pool will be less sick!

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Exercise and swimming, in particular, helps strengthen the body and immune system, which decreases the number of times one is actually sick. Because most active bodies are generally healthier, people should specifically engage in sports during the winter. Children swimming in the winter, are actually healthier and become sick less.

In summary, toddlers swimming is recommended especially during the winter. Muscles are strengthened, the immune system is boosted and motor skills along with mood are all increasing.

Featured Photo Courtesy: WaterWay Swim School