Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Infant Playgroup

Usually the playgroup ideas we show you are geared mostly towards toddlers and pre-school age children.  However, we know it is important to play with your infants as well and that kind of playgroup will be a little different because of their development level.  Here are some ideas that you could incorporate into an infant playgroup.

Music Circle:
Have all the parents sit in a circle with their infant on their lap.  Go around and sing different songs that are not only fun and exciting but interactive with your little one.  These are also known as finger play songs.  Try singing songs like "Itsy Bitsy Spider", "Pat-A-Cake", "Open Shut Them", and "Wheels On The Bus".  Make sure to do all the actions with your baby and get them moving.

Tummy Time:
This is such an important activity to be doing with your infant.  It helps them strengthen their back, neck, and head muscles.  It will also lead them right into crawling when the time is right.  To do this activity lay a blanket on the ground and put each infant on their tummy.  Help them as they learn to lift their head, reach for a toy, and eventually roll over.

Read a Book:
Reading is one the most important things you can do for your child.  It helps them to develop in every aspect as they are growing up.  And it is never to early to start.

Baby Massage:
Infant massage is a great way to get some bonding time in with your baby.  It has also been shown to improve sensory awareness, relieve discomfort (congestion, gas, etc), and help with language development as you speak to them while massaging.  When massaging your baby, use gentle, light strokes.  You'll want to move from the center of the body outward—go from upper leg to foot, or shoulder to hand for example.  

Go for a Walk:
This is a simple way to get out and get some fresh air.  It's wonderful to be outside and this will give you moms a chance to get some exercise and friendly chat time in.

Welcome Baby

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