New born to 5 months
Newborn and very young infants can see a little and hear very well, but have little understanding. The Primitive Reflexes are vital at this stage, providing babies with essential responses for survival and early automatic movement patterns that help enable them to become mobile.
Come along and see what we do at a GymbaROO BabyROO session. It’s a great place to meet other parents and to learn about your baby’s development. We explain to you the why, what and how’s of infant development and what you can do at home to assist your baby’s natural development.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Rhythmic movement such as gentle rocking (vestibular stimulation) is very soothing to their very immature nervous systems.
Tummy time when awake, is vital to learning about movement and their body, and
to begin to develop a ‘body map’. This must start as soon after birth as possible.
Sleep your baby on their back, but have your newly born infant while awake, on
their front on you, if only for a few minutes and extend the time to the floor when
possible. This is vitally important as many primitive reflexes present at birth require
neck movement for activation and inhibition. After a few months if there has been
no tummy time the neck muscles are weak and your baby will object to lying on
their front. Lie down on your front on the floor with your infant. Talk and sing to
them and give them massage. This is also the position from which an infant begins
Massage time from birth is important, to help them become aware of their body parts. Also give your baby gentle movements which move the fluid in the inner ear, and helps their brain development, i.e. rocking, very slow spinning in your arms, and even a very gentle upside down. Remember they spent many months upside down in the womb! Gentle roll overs, not only stimulate the fluid in the inner ear, but also strengthens the head and neck muscles, and soon they will roll themselves. By the end of three months the baby should have no head lag. They need to be provided with as much visual and auditory stimulation as they can tolerate, through talking and singing to them.
Read more: BabyROO (new born to 5 months) milestones
Non-mobile BabyROO – 5 months
to movement forward (tummy crawling)
At Non-Mobile BabyROO we continue to encourage loads of tummy time, massage and movement. We help parents understand why these activities are important for development and later learning and we show you how you can provide your baby with the most conducive and fun environment for movement and learning.
Non-mobile BabyROO milestones
From approximately four months, babies are more alert and able to raise their
heads and push their chest up off the floor with hands and arms extended.
Pivoting to grasp a toy precedes the tummy crawling.
Babies should be able to roll over from front to back and (usually) back to front.
Pull ups to sitting position can be completed when baby’s hands are grasped
by the parent, there should be no head lag and co-contraction should be seen
in the elbows.
Babies are more purposeful in their arm movements and some are moving
their feet to their mouth. They now respond to, and love, more vigorous
vestibular stimulation movements. Some babies are pushing themselves
backwards when they push up on their hands, and others are beginning to
spin around in circles on the spot.
You may see lots of head shaking and rocking forward and backwards when baby is on hands and knees. This position occurs as a result of an automatic reflex - the symmetrical tonic neck reflex – which, when the head is back causes the arms to straighten and the knees to bend, and when the head is forwards the opposite occurs.
Nature is superb. We must take care not to ignore nature’s plan to insure our infants grow healthy brains, which of course affects both social and intellectual abilities. At GymbaROO BabyROO we show you how!
Read more: Non-mobile (5 - 8 months) BabyROO milestones