Swim Lessons: Safe For Infants?

I don’t make a habit of reading the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) policy statements, but I did once work for a children’s hospital, so it’s not entirely unfamiliar territory.

This is the particular statement that caught my interest. It says that, “Generally, children are not developmentally ready for swimming lessons until after their fourth birthday. Aquatic programs for infants and toddlers have not been shown to decrease the risk of drowning, and parents should not feel secure that their child is safe in water or safe from drowning after participating in such programs.

But now, there’s this video, which states that the AAP is changing its mind, thanks to this report from the National Institutes of Health.

Tell us — as a parent, would you enroll your infant in swimming lessons?