I don't have a pool. I rarely even get to go swimming, but when my local recreation department offered a baby and me swimming class, I signed us up.
It would be worth it, right? A fun way to get out of the house? A chance to introduce baby Rowan to the water. I was excited!
I called up my sister, who has older kids, and told her that I signed up for the class. She paused for a second and then said: "I remember that class. That's what you do with your first child."
What? Suddenly I found myself wondering if my baby and me swim class was going to be a bust.
I didn't really expect this baby swim class to teach my baby how to swim -- not in one lesson anyway -- but here is a comparison of what I wanted from the experience and what I got:
I wanted a well-organized class with a competent instructor who could clearly demonstrate what they're asking parents to do. I wasn't sure if there was a proper technique for holding a slippery baby in the water, and I was hoping they would have some tips for if Rowan started to freak out or tried to claw his way out of the water.
I got a high school student who clearly wanted to be doing something else and a whole lot of singing of songs while the parents held the babies in the water and turned around in circles. Lame.
I was hoping for a relatively warm pool, I would have settled for something in the not-freezing-cold variety. Can you guess which one I got? I'm lucky we escaped without frostbite.
Needless to say, I don't think I would sign up for a class through that department again. I think there are plenty of other opportunities to socialize with a baby that do not involve getting into swimwear. If I did want to try swim class again, I would definitely talk to other parents first and find a class that was more of what I was looking for.
Have you tried a baby swim class? Did you love it or hate it? What are the best classes for socializing with your baby?
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