At Mini Magoos we back the theory that sensory play is fundamental to children’s growth and development. Sensory play is play that engages and appeals to one or more of the child’s senses. Each time a child encounters a sensory stimulus a neuron (brain cell) connects to another neuron, establishing new connections in the brain. Each new sensory experience adds to the network while repeating these experiences increase the thickness and strength of the connections, helping signals to travel faster. When these connections have developed it allows for more advanced learning on other things. Occurring in the first two years of life, sensory play is characterised most by learning occurring through the senses and manipulation of objects. The human brain thrives on variety, stimulation and the unexpected. For children, play with sensory rich resources offers just that.
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Baby massage is a great help in making your baby to feel securely attached. This is particularly important in the fourth trimester, and while baby is getting accustomed to the outside world. It supports your baby to feel more loved, valued and respected. It also helps to reduce crying and emotional distress, while increasing levels of relaxation and longer sleep. Lots of sleep experts recommend this to be incorporated into a bedtime routine, to establish good sleeping habits in the future. Baby massage can promote the development of body awareness and coordination for both carer and baby. But most importantly it can provide welcome relief from wind, colic, constipation and teething discomfort.
Baby yoga is a natural progression from baby massage. It helps baby to strengthen and improve muscle tone while maintaining flexibility in the spine and joints. This supports baby in reaching physical milestones such as rolling, sitting, crawling, standing and walking. Other benefits include improving the general functionality of the immune system, regulating and strengthening the digestive system which may reduce the discomfort of colic, wind and constipation, stimulating and balancing the nervous system. It also stimulates baby’s senses and improves blood flow and circulation throughout the entire body. An excellent added benefit is that baby yoga can stimulate the production of oxytocin. This is the hormone responsible for love and bonding and associated with the ability to maintain healthy interpersonal relationships and healthy psychological boundaries with other people.
Babies often use gestures before they can speak, to tell us what they want. For example, a baby might ask for a biscuit by making urgent sounds and looking or pointing at the biscuit tin. He or she may hold out their arms to be lifted up. These signs can be linked into early patterns of language development. Communication begins with crying, eye contact, facial expression (a smile) and social interaction. It develops with vocalising, gestures such as pointing, imitation, play and turn-taking. It is essential that these skills are in place before speech can develop.
Signing uses all these aspects of communication and so can help to reinforce them. Babies have limited ways to communicate and may become distressed and frustrated because they cannot express themselves. Being able to form signs makes it easier for babies to communicate their needs. When a baby begins to speak, he or she may be difficult to understand. If you have been using signs with your baby then it can help when these difficulties arise. Research on baby sign language has found that teaching baby signs improved cognitive and emotional development. Far from slowing down speech, baby sign language actually increases the rate of verbal development and at the same time increases the parent/child bond.