Baby Neuro Gym Programme
Professor Pat Preedy
Do you think as much about your baby’s brain as you do about his or her bottom?
As a parent I know how much time and thought goes into feeding our babies and cleaning up the other end - with potty training being a major milestone.I am not suggesting that we neglect babies’ bottoms, but I do think we need to focus at least as much on developing babies’ brains.
We are now finding that young children are not moving and playing in the way that they did even ten years ago. By the time children are aged three they need:
· 60 minutes of structured physical activity each day;
· at least 60 minutes -- and up to several hours -- of unstructured physical activity each day;
· a maximum of 60 minutes of being sedentary at a time, except when sleeping. This includes being strapped in car seats and high chairs.
Unfortunately many parents do not realise that brain development in babies and young children is directly linked to movement. Through movement young children develop the skills for learning – particularly speaking and listening, reading and writing.
That is why we have developed the Baby Neuro Gym Programme. It provides fun opportunities to support babies and young children’s learning through movement, particularly developing:
- Body awareness
- Muscle tone
- Body control
- Grip and finger movements
- Hand – eye co-ordination
The equipment is designed to be attractive, multi-functional and practical with easy storage. The full set comprises:
- Baby Multi-Mover
- Baby Neuro-Roll
- Baby Neuro-Ball
Each piece of equipment has a set of cards with exercises to use with younger babies, older babies or toddlers. There are also suggested rhymes and songs to support the programme.
By regularly using the baby neuro gym equipment and programme, parents are able to help their children to develop their brains and the skills needed for learning, as well as establishing a healthy lifelong pattern of daily exercise.