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Dr Jane Williams and Bindy Cummings
Are you a new parent and a little uncertain about how to care for your wiggly, warm, bundle of joy? Well, if you are like most of us you will be attending your local Maternal, Child and Family Health Centre (or equivalent) where helpful and caring staff will offer advice on feeding, sleeping, development, immunisations, and taking care of yourself through the challenging first few months of your newest family member.
At GymbaROO-KindyROO, we believe that is also helpful if parents learn as much as they can about their baby’s development – extensive research has demonstrated that knowledgeable parents care for their infants with greater competence and confidence1, 2. To this end, GymbaROO has developed a well-researched baby program that is designed to not only complement the great work done by Maternal, Family and Child Health nurses, but to increase parents understanding of normal infant development. Our programs also provide hundreds of ideas about how to promote healthy infant development in a fun, play-based environment.
While there are some who argue that babies don’t need any specific developmental activities, at GymbaROO-KindyROO we beg to differ! Today’s modern society often isolates babies from the very movement and sensory opportunities they need for healthy neurological development. They are restrained (often on their backs for long periods) in capsules, chairs, swings, bouncinettes, cots, play pens, walkers and many other types of containers! These containers also deny infants many sensory experiences on which later learning is so dependent. Activities offered at BabyROO are designed to help infants gain the important sensory and motor stimulation required for learning. Babies cannot do this by themselves, so it is important that parents know what experiences are important and how to provide an environment in which these experiences can occur.
What type of developmental activities does GymbaROO-KindyROO offer?
GymbaROO-KindyROO aims to help parents feel confident in their knowledge about their baby’s development and provides them with developmentally appropriate and loving activities that can be easily accomplished at home. The program includes lots of information, activities and ideas about:
- The importance of massage and gentle baby exercise – the what, how, when and why.
- Why tummy time is so important for the awake baby – parents learn about different tummy positions, movements, and information about how this helps a baby’s development.
- Getting your baby mobile – babies are designed to move – they wriggle and squirm from before birth. Moving not only aids digestion, circulation, breathing and many other bodily functions, it is also important for wiring the brain in readiness for later learning. The GymbaROO-KindyROO program is full of movement ideas that you can do at home.
- Infant reflexes – babies learn to move initially not by being taught, rather as a result of unconscious primitive reflexes. GymbaROO-KindyROO teaches parents how to utilise these reflexes to get their baby moving without much effort at all!
- Stimulating your baby’s sense of balance and position in space – GymbaROO-KindyROO assists parents in understanding how this is important for all later movement, posture, balance and coordination.
- The role that rhythm and music play in development of thinking skills, hearing and speech, as well as social and emotional development. Rhythm and music are an integral part of the GymbaROO-KindyROO program – babies are naturally very ‘tuned in’ to rhythm. Don’t know what to sing? Don’t worry we will introduce you to lots of fabulous new songs that your baby will love!
- Your baby’s visual development. How well your babies learn to develop their visual skills, from the earliest months of life, is going to affect their entire development, including how well they will be able to learn now, and later at school. GymbaROO-KindyROO includes easy and fun ways to provide your baby with activities that will help their eyes and brain work together, helping them to develop these crucial visual skills.
GymbaROO-KindyROO is designed to get your baby off to a great start in life. That’s what we do at GymbaROO-KindyROO: help parents help their children.
Thousands of parents, babies and children are presently involved in our programs and creating rising stars. GymbaROO-KindyROO kids are excelling academically, emotionally, in leadership roles and on the sporting field. Come join all the fun and learning! “GymbaROO – The best decision
Active Babies Smart Kids – Online Baby Classes
GymbaROO-KindyROO’s online series of baby classes is taking the parenting world by storm! It is highly recommended by doctors, paediatricians, early childhood experts and the Maternal Child and Family Health Nurses Association. This series is being called: “The essential guide for parents”. Join the thousands of parents already playing with their babies from birth, in the best way for brain and body development and laying crucial foundations for future learning. What happens in the first year, not only matters, it matters a lot!
References: 1. Goodnow, J. (1995). Parents knowledge and expectations. In M. H. Bornstein (Ed.), Handbook of parenting: Volume 3, Status and social conditions of parenting. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 2. Shonkoff, J. P., & Phillips, D. A. (Eds.). (2000). From neurons to neighborhoods: the science of early childhood development (2nd ed.). Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.
Dr Jane Williams (PhD, BMgt, RN(Paeds)) is the Research and Education General Manager for GymbaROO and KindyROO. Dr Williams is one of Australia’s leading experts on baby and child development. More on Dr Williams here.
Bindy Cummings (B.Ed(Human Movement) Hons) has worked as a teacher, child development consultant, early childhood development lecturer, teacher trainer and INPP & iLS consultant. She is the co-creator of GymbaROO’s Active Babies Smart Kids online series, has authored many published articles on child development. She is working on the content and development GymbaROO’s portal and online training programs, and the creation of new online programs for parents and children. More on Bindy Cummings here.
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