A swim class not only offers you a chance to burn some calories; it's good for baby, too. After all, basic water skills could someday save your child's life. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, drowning is the leading cause of accidental death among children age 5 and younger. Putting your little guppy into the water could do more than offer a fun way to burn energy.
Most "mommy and me" sessions run in eight-week intervals, and involve being in the water with your child and an instructor. Babies as young as 8 weeks can enjoy water play, while toddlers nearing the 2-year mark can learn to swim as you stay in the water with them. In fact, some children learn to swim before they learn to walk.
As you and your child splash about, the face-to-face and skin-to-skin contact reinforces the connection your share -- and instills a lifelong association between exercise and fun.