Are you looking for a fun and energising activity to do with your baby? I fell in love with baby swimming! We started taking Thea to baby swimming classes when she was 6 months old and we loved it. We had a great time in the water, we splashed, played, dived, sang songs (I finally learned bæ bæ lille lam ;) and got to be with other moms and babies. But one of the coolest benefits, we only got to see later on during our summer holidays in Spain was Thea's fascination for water. Both the sea and the pool got her absolutely crazy happy. She felt confident and calm and it was really hard to drag her out each time we went for a bath.
When can you start taking your baby to the pool?
There are many theories about when to start taking babies to the pool. Some say as early as possible, so the baby doesn't lose his or her innate diving reflex. Others are concerned about the temperature of the water and recommend to wait until they're a bit older to avoid illnesses. If you ask me, I'd say take them as soon as possible as long as you find a baby friendly pool. I believe it's ok to actually take them already when they're 2-3 months old. The course I joined, was mainly formed by really young babies and, judging by their giggles and splashing, they all really enjoyed it.
We went to Bislett Bad, which is next to the Bislet trikk and bus stop. It's a super cozy swimming pool with tall roofs and lots of light. They have a hot tub and a sauna, which you and your baby can also use. -Did she just say sauna?!?- Yes, I did! Believe me, I was also shocked when i first saw this, but after swimming class many parents took their babies into the sauna, dried them up and changed them there. Must be a nordic thing ;). Anyhow, I really liked the atmosphere there, it somehow reminded me to the Budapest Hotel spa. And, you are allowed to take turns with your partner and go one time each. This might be very helpful for dad's since it gives them the opportunity to bound with their babies and share some alone time with them.
And finally, where can you find baby swimming courses?
Instead of checking on each pool's websites, I would recommend you to check Badenymfene.no. They offer different courses in many different swimming pools around Oslo. You can see which pool is closest to you and buy the course directly from their website. You'll also find some helpful information around how to dress your baby to go swimming, etc.
What have YOU and your baby been up to? Any cool activities you'd like to share?