The vestibular system is responsible for: balance and equilibrium; coordination of eye and head movements; the development and maintenance of normal muscle tone and for coordinating both sides of the body together for activities including riding a bicycle, catching a ball, zipping a coat, or cutting with scissors.
It’s through a well-developed balance system that we are able to combat the forces of gravity and are able to sit up, hold our heads still, walk, run, jump and without which we would spend our days flopping helplessly on the floor like a jelly fish!
To help babies’ and young children’s balance develop simple movements which stimulate their vestibular are needed; it’s only through movement that a child’s balance will be developed to such a level that they are able to eventually sit still!.
Within our Baby College classes we have a specific set of exercises that we use to help stimulate your babies vestibular and in turn help mature her balance system
The #Insight we are discussing at this week’s Baby College classes is all about your baby’s language development. We will be talking about the different steps that they take and how, as a parent, you can help them on their journey.
For tiny babies communication needs to concentrate on eye to eye (or face to face) contact. This way even the youngest of babies can start to communicate with the world. Babies love faces and every new parent knows that how easy it is to get lost gazing into the face of their new born baby.
When you are looking at your baby it encourages them to start to interact with you. They can lock eyes with you and start to imitate the facial expressions and sounds that you make. Trying sticking your tongue out and see if they can copy you.
By week six you may experience that beautiful first smile from your baby and it is a moment that you will never forget!
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In our weekly classes we have a set of repetitive physical exercises to help your baby use up and replace their infant reflexes, the question is why…..?
Your baby is born with a set of reflexes which will ensure his survival during his time in the womb, the delivery process and those first few months of life. Reflexes such as the rooting and sucking reflexes will ensure that he feeds and thrives; others like the ATNR and Palmer Grasp reflex will help him develop his muscle tone so that he can control his own movements.
These reflexes, will over the early months, slowly burn out and be replaced with adult postural responses. This is normally an automatic process but occasionally a reflex can be retained and this can hinder your baby’s normal neurological development.
Attending Baby College classes and practicing the simple exercises in class and at home can help prevent retention of these reflexes and give your baby his best start in life.
Baby College summer term is starting this week and we are stressing the importance of playing with your babies.
Playing with your young babies encourages a closer and more fun parent and baby relationship; it promotes the gentle physical exercise essential in the development of your baby’s vestibular and replacement of their infant reflexes; and it supports your baby’s language development – whether you are singing a nursery rhyme or simply cooing and making faces at your baby.
For older toddlers and children play helps them learn about the world around them in a safe environment. They learn how to interact with other children (taking turns, co-operation, sharing); role play lets them learn about the world they live in; physical play helps them stay fit and push their physical boundaries; expressive play (playing instruments or pots and pans) helps them build self-confidence by being able to express their emotions. All forms of play encourage the development of maths and language skills helping those budding young scientists or actors to emerge.
Providing your baby and young child with a stimulating environment will help them grow, learn and flourish.
At the end of each week we send out a useful (we hope) handout to all the parents who came along to classes that week. I’ll try and summarize the most interesting bits each week here (and of course to find out more you could always come along to a class!)
Firstly let me introduce our classes…
Our Baby College classes are weekly, fun, nurturing developmental classes for babies and their parents. The aim is to give parents ideas how to play with and stimulate their baby at home, whilst helping them understand many aspects of their baby’s development. By promoting eye contact, sensory stimulation and an understanding of a child’s needs, the bond with a child will be reinforced.
At their core, Baby College classes are a total developmental work out for babies: physical, neurological, communication and cognitive. A series of repetitive, gentle physical exercises helps mature a baby’s balance system and replace infant reflexes. Language and communication skills are explored; music and listening are encouraged; as are fun sensory games such as the parachute play.
All of the topics we cover give general guidelines on what to expect at different ages and stages in a child’s development. We always stress that it is important to realize that all babies are unique. They will reach milestones at different ages according to their genetic make-up and also influenced by the environment you provide for them. The most that we can ever hope as parents is that our children have the opportunity to reach their full potential and perhaps even more importantly that we and they make the most of that journey and enjoy the time spent together.
Our aim is to help increase a parent’s confidence, provide interesting and insightful information, give you some good practical ideas for stimulation and age-appropriate activities and to have fun.