Registering your big kid for swim lessons this summer? You may want to consider signing your baby up for a class, too. In a new report released Monday, the American Academy of Pediatrics lowered the recommended age at which kids can safely start swim lessons from 4 years old to 1 year old. While docs prefaced the change by saying it’s still up to parents to determine ultimate readiness for their baby, recent studies suggest toddlers may be less likely to drown if they’ve had swim lessons.
If you want your little one to hit the pool, choose a class that emphasizes water safety and requires a parent or other adult to be in the water with the child. What’s more, classes should have at least one instructor for every 10 students, recommends the American Red Cross.