These classes run on a ten-week basis offering a general introduction to the pleasures of music-making with your baby.
The sessions offer songs, rhymes and activities, which can be continued with the baby at home.
The group meets once a week and consists of ten adults and their babies.
Each session, which is 45 minutes long, will contain all 3 of these easy ways to help you be "In Tune" with your baby and give them the very best start to developing their motor co-ordination and thinking (cognitive) skills, growth during the first year of life is more rapid than at any other time in their life.
Music begins within our bodies and, whilst still in the womb, baby hears the strong pulse of your heartbeat because the ears are perfectly formed at 22 weeks gestation. They can hear the swoosh of blood being pumped around the body creating a safe and secure environment.
At birth, babies find comfort and security is rhythm as they are rocked, patted, suck milk and bounced rhythmically - all physical experiences which help to strengthen the bond between parent and baby. Together you will share a multi-sensory experience of touch, sight, smell and sound as your baby learns to know music with and through their body.
Feeding babies with touches, giving food to their skin and their back is just as important as filling their tummies. It makes outside happy and both inside and outside satisfied. Being touched and caressed is food for baby, as necessary as the minerals, vitamins and protein given in their milk. The gentle touch of baby massage promotes relaxation and encourages baby's self-healing potential.
Following on from baby massage, there will be an opportunity for you to build on the skills and activities learnt, including baby gym, which helps towards muscle development and the flexibility which will enable your baby to crawl, sit up on their own from a lying down position, and to roll over, so strengthening the weight bearing joints - shoulders, hips, knees and ankles - to give strong, confident toddlers.
Sign With Your Baby
The time between birth and when a child speaks it's first word can be a time of miscommunication, and can cause many frustrations for the child, as babies can understand and express much more than previously thought. Babies are born intelligent, and have a hunger for contact and communication, which will accelerate the learning process. Within the session, 4-5 important words are used to begin with i.e. eat, drink (water or milk), more, bye bye and tickle.
Baby signs stimulate brain development particularly in the areas involved in language, memory and concept (thinking) skills. Every time the child is successful, connections get made or strengthened that make it easier for other efforts to succeed. Without signs, these changes would have to wait until they could actually say the words, often months later.
Baby signs stimulate parents to talk more to their baby/toddler, as research shows that the more language a baby hears, the faster language development grows and, at time, the baby gets to choose the topic ie seeing an aeroplane/bird in the sky. In this way you are seeing the world through new eyes, your child's eyes, and be totally "In Tune" with your baby.