This morning Delphinium is crying because of swim class. No, no not because she dislikes it, but rather because it isn't time to go yet. Swim class is one of those things that causes the baby to make her "Christmas face" of extreme excitement. I've tried explaining that her teacher isn't at the pool yet, but all she can think of is how much she wants to be in that water.
Waterbabies is a program that puts very young kids in the water from the age of six months. Many people feel this is too young, but we started around that time. Parents go in the water with the babies, so there's never much risk to the child. The waterbabies program includes clever ways to get babies to practice swimming skills in the guise of playing, singing, and goofing around. Of course there are a few kids, from time to time, who don't seem to be enjoying themselves, but that usually passes by the next lesson, and they're back to splashing their friends.
Of course our girl has learned many useful skills (swimming underwater, holding on the the side of the pool, jumping from the edge) but the main thing I like about the class is her enthusiasm. Some kids, when introduced to water at the age of two or three, are too afraid to enjoy themselves. It can take a long time to become comfortable. Whenever Delphinium gets the chance to play in water, she is immediately comfortable enough to enjoy the experience.