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6/12/09 10:19 P

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I think as early as possible. While we were on vacation last week Mika (5 months) was in the pool almost every day. She loves the water.

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6/12/09 12:30 A

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If it wasn't winter here I would probably introduce my son to the water now (5 months)...we got dd in the water around that time but she hasn't had lessons yet. I plan to do that soon, before she turns 3 in September.

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6/11/09 6:19 P

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I don't think you can start too soon. I don't remember when we introduced my 10 year old to water, but it was early and she is not afraid of it. She took formal lessons when she was about 3, but she learned a lot by just getting in and playing. We didn't take my 4 year old to the pool as much and she is much more water shy.

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6/11/09 2:34 P

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I decided to get him as used to water as possible since I was a water baby and swimmer. He loves water and I took him to the pool this past weekend (he is 6 months). He loved it and we splashed and floated. I think it is good if they feel comfy in the water at a young age.

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6/11/09 11:04 A

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I originally was thinking around school aged but our good friend, her 2 year old and 4 yr old both can swim (under water) fluidly... sooo I realized it's overdue time to get my 4 year old swim lessons...and I'll wait a couple more years for my youngest...

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6/11/09 10:59 A

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It's never to early to at least get them in the pool. My daughter's first swim class I was concerned at first that she wasn't paying attention and then had to tell myself that the whole point was to get her the experience of being in the pool. She's not going to be an olympic swimmer at the age of 2. I'd like to start sooner with my youngest daughter. I'm thinking of getting the two of them in on classes in the fall, make it a family night!

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6/11/09 9:17 A

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As soon as possible. I meant to take my daughter swimming last year but just didn't manage. I'm hoping to start this weekend!

I don't think lessons are crucial at this age but they can be a nice way to help parents gently introduce their babies to the water - plus it sounds so fun! :)

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6/11/09 8:12 A

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Good question! I have been thinking about enrolling Caleb in lessons (he's 16 months).





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6/11/09 4:50 A

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I think the earlier the better. With my oldest, we started at 9 mos cuz there weren't any heated pools for younger babies available to us. In any case, it was a fabulous success and as far as I can tell, he's the most confident swimmer his age thus far - at the ripe old of 7 years old. It's esp. good 'cuz as far as sports go he ain't so confident in most others - so this balances it out.

With DD, we didn't take any classes. We just swim at every opportunity. She loves it (most of the time), but I don't think she loves it as much as her brother - oh well, I guess you can't have it all!

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6/11/09 4:48 A

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At what age do you think it's time to start teaching swimming?

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