Baby Moves Blog

Monday, 24 June 2013

Baby Neuro Gym Programme

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
  • Balance
  • 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.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Olympic Blog ~ Inspire a Generation

I don't know about you, but we've been fascinated by the Olympics and Paralympics since that fantastic opening ceremony all those weeks ago. (By the way, Sue says a big well done to Danny Boyle, there are now two famous people from Radcliffe, Manchester, if Danny is one of them who is the other one, Sue?)

Watching the parade yesterday, like many other people, we were filled with pride and joy at what all those athletes had achieved, all their hard work, dedication and sacrifice, of themselves and their families.

There has been a lot of talk in the media about legacy, and the motto "Inspire a Generation" has been seen everywhere. What does this look like in practice? How can we inspire a generation? I have read and heard such a lot about school sports, bringing back competitiveness in high schools, and the facilities in communities for grass roof sports. All this is very important, but are we missing something? Where does this begin?

Last December, Baby Moves was privileged to take part in the family football events for the Sports Personality of the Year Awards in Media City, Salford. Many families booked onto the Baby Moves workshops thinking "How can they play football with very small babies?" Well, we did!

The beginning of football, archery, tennis (Well done Andy Murray), athletics, cycling and all the other many Olympic and Paralympic events starts with encouraging babies to enjoy the freedom of moving their bodies. Being on their tummy strengthens neck, back and arm muscles, crawling gives a baby an awareness of the space around them, and moving their body to music brings a sense of enjoyment, self confidence and self esteem. All this may not result in the baby joining team GB in the velodrome or athletics stadium, but it will result in a more healthy and happy generation to come.

So come on, let's get active and inspire a generation!

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Robbie Williams To Become A Dad

Ok, so we all know Robbie Williams and Ayda Field are expecting their first child, but back in 2011 the take that star admitted that he is apprehensive about starting a family but desparate for a child, and now it's happening he didn't mind whether they had a boy or girl as long as it was a healthy baba.

We love happy news as Robbie revealed that his gorgeous Ayda is carrying Robbies baby girl, she's obviously going to be a daddies girl, and Robbie being Robbie will want 'Dada' to come out of her mouth first! So, Robbie? Ever wondered how to teach your baby to read, write, even speak? Click Here We will give you a hint, TUMMY TIME and lots of it! 

We are so sad you're not going to be at the closing ceremony of the Olympics as Ayda is due to give birth, but obviously, you have to put your family commitments first. 

It would be absolutely amazing if you actually read this Robbie, but if not we hope that we could raise awareness if even a few out of your million followers read this. 

So who are we? Why are we blogging about you? Awareness for what? 

Babies are amazing and it is always exciting to see their wonder as they begin to interact with the world around them, to discover their senses and to embark upon this learning journey. Parents who are using Baby Moves learn fun, simple, movement activities to take away and use with their baby, such as sensory massage, tummy time, developmental movement, sensory awareness and ideas to improve visual awareness, these are vital first steps to a child's reading and writing skills. 

Between 2 and 6 months of age a baby's face recognising neurons in their brains are at their most active and receptive. After this age it is much harder for a baby to begin to understand faces. It is important that at this age they receive lots of individual face to face time. This is the start of self esteem as they begin to understand that they are lovely and loved and other people want to spend time with them, if they miss out on this opportunity it is much harder to make social contacts later in life. 

The Baby Moves programme gives you this vital opportunity for closeness, love and early interaction to nurture early positive attachment and develop relationships between adult and baby.
Baby Moves help you understand how babies and small children learn and develop by watching and observing why babies do what they do and understand the importance and joy of every move they make. We will teach you how to use these ideas each day with your baby. Baby Moves also helps your baby to develop communication and language skills through movement activities that will help development in later learning.

Play is such an important part of your child's development our exciting range of play products will help you to support your child's learning journey. This range is designed to enable you to understand why babies and toddlers do what they do and how they learn.

Robbie, that's basically us! We are launching a campaign in Autumn called 'Move With Your Baby' all about fitness and things to do at home with baby, but we are not going to reveal too much - Congratulations to you both Robbie Williams and Ayda Field - See you soon little baba! 

Don't be scared Robbie, you're going to love being a DADDY!

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