Babies are born with innate patterns of behavior that are developed in mother’s womb. These are called neonatal or primitive reflexes. These reflexes; such as sucking, urinating, defecating; ensure the survival of the baby subsequent to birth. Gradually, healthy development brings along the development of higher parts of the brain in the infant. This leads to the transition from the primitive reflex system to more sophisticated reflex systems forming the basis of the adult movement.
The transition to the balance related reflex system starts around the third month of life. This system enables baby’s ability to align herself around the mid-line and to keep this alignment for gradually longer periods. This very skill forms the basis for rolling, crawling, standing and walking.
The inbuilt genetic code ensures a gradual and natural emergence of the balance related reflex system. However, this doe not mean that there is no more room for support. In fact, appropriate stimulus coming from baby’s environment (parents, caregivers) triggers further brain wiring. Moreover, it forestalls clinging to the primitive reflex system longer than needed.
How can we provide the appropriate stimulus for our babies?
Our method provides mothers with a list of practical exercises generating the right stimulus for infant development. Like in all our workshops, during our Roller workshop we give you the theoretical basis of these exercises and answer your questions. Our exercises entail a play-like quality: parents providing stimulus and babies reacting.
Another aspect of development 3 to 6 months development stage focuses on is the -very famous- tummy time and -its natural company- head raising. Lying on the tummy can be tricky and uncomfortable for some babies and can make some parents anxious. This is exactly where baby courses can make a difference. Tummy time is an important developmental step and we want your baby to enjoy it – of course without this becoming a frustrating exercise for you! A series of exercises that First-Step method developed works with difficulties created after lying on the back for too long; they aim at helping babies to enjoy tummy-time, to raise the head gradually and naturally.
Another milestone of the 3 to 6 months age is learning to roll. Like any other developmental step, this one also happens given that the baby has already acquired the necessary infrastructure/basis. Do you know what is necessary for a baby to turn around his/her axis? Once more, we demonstrate the theory with practice to ensure an understanding which is not merely theoretical but also experience-based.
Although little known, stomach slithering is a step that babies undertake towards the end of this stage. This move prepares the foundation for crawling on hands and knees, standing and walking. How a baby lies, stretches out her arms, brings objects to her mouth and rolls over… all these are aspects that prepare the ground for slithering on the stomach. Encouraging this movement -particularly not skipping it!- will facilitate the development of the next ones.
The centrality of communication in child development is a widely known phenomenon. Communication is indeed trivial when it is verbal. However so much can be communicated without words. The slightest change in a mother’s facial expression carries incredible amount of information for her baby. So the pre-verbal period does not mean absence of communication, especially when verbal communication is not the only way. There are various ways of communication carrying an important aspect for your baby who starts observing increasingly more the outside world. Hence it is crucial to communicate through touch, mimicry, movement, gestures, voice and feelings. For us it is important to inform parents on the centrality of early and diverse communication. Accordingly, at our 3 to 6 months course, we not only support you on different ways of communication but also give you insight about their respective role in the development.
At our Roller course we discuss all the above-mentioned points and more. We conduct our lessons in a friendly atmosphere because understanding your concerns, supporting your baby’s development and facilitating a gentle process are our primary objectives. They can only happen in a warm and informal environment.
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