We're told that 'water familiarity' will make our babies and toddlers safer from drowning. But will it?
The result, though? A week ago, I watched a toddler of 18 months run straight to the edge of a swimming pool, perfectly prepared to launch herself in. The father was not far away and swooped on her, stopping the plunge, but still... What if she was not being watched? One drowned toddler. She'd been taught to think of a swimming pool as only fun, and had lost her instinctive wariness of falling. 'Water familiarity' made her less safe, not more safe.
Your baby is gorgeous, we can see that. But if swimming lessons do more to make them unsafe than safe, then maybe you should think of others, as well. Keep your gorgeous, but incontinent baby out of public pools.