The inspiration for birthlight’s gentle yet dynamic approach comes from Amazonian forest people with whom Françoise Freedman lived as an anthropologist. Birthlight baby courses bring together principles of body balance in water, research on the teaching of water safety skills for babies and the positive effects of joyful parent-baby interaction on overall child development.
Our classes are made up of a small group of parents and babies. We arrange our classes by ability and also age groups.
We aim to make all our sessions relaxed and fun. Parents learn to swim with their babies and the babies learn very quickly through play.
Once your baby is confident in the pool, we may encourage a child led submerging.
It’s natural for you to feel anxious the first time your baby wants to try this, but babies have a natural affinity with water and your baby’s inbuilt gag reflex is generally strongest up to six months old. This reflex allows your baby to hold it’s breath under water naturally.