Parents – Your Baby’s Best TeachersBaby College

Aug 31, 2020


At Baby College we believe that baby’s parents are their best first teachers (and later their best supporters). Babies love their main carer/mum/dad. We also know that no-one ever tells parents that you are doing a good job – but we love to! For parents with little babies (if we are talking about activities) we always say If there’s only one aspect of Baby College that parents take away with them it would, for Infants, be tummy time. It helps develop muscles, vision, hand-eye coordination, learning about the world (360º) and integration of the left/right brain (and it should lead to crawling). It is as important and reassuring to know that your contact and interaction with your baby is essential to their development too. Eye contact for all ages is crucial, but especially the young babies. In the first nine months, your baby will be content with the closeness and love of their parents/main carer and it is from you that they will be learning; by watching your facial expressions, listening to your voice, observing your reactions, feeling your hugs... There is a huge cognitive burst between nine and 12 months. Babies at this age are interested in not just themselves and their carers but also in things, this is the cognitive triangle. Signing helps reduce down frustrations and  increase communication, meaning parent and baby are beginning to understand each other, which can help with bonding.  It can also help you parent more responsively to your baby's needs, as parents are often  more engaged when baby tries to sign. Signing can also provide good learning habits: concepts, attention, enjoyment of learning, listening, turn-taking. Good and secure early attachment to (most commonly) their mother (or their father or other caregivers) is incredibly important to a baby’s emotional development. It helps them become self-confident and independent, as well as setting in place an ability in later in life to form healthy relationships. As your baby grows into toddlerhood their unique personalities, formed from their individual temperament, will become clearer and in your role as teacher and advocate, you need to understand this personality and help them navigate their social world. Children naturally love and gravitate toward other people, especially other children. As your child grows, they'll learn more about how to respond to others in social situations and their enjoyment of company will grow. Children learn an enormous amount from watching and interacting with other children, but equally as important they learn about social interactions through watching and mimicking you. Children often learn by watching what you do and not listening to what you say 😊 At Baby College we provide you with lots of interesting and fun activities to play at home, and we share developmental information about your growing baby and child to help your role as best teacher. By attending our classes (either in-person or online at Baby College at Home) you will gain confidence to parent your baby with knowledge and understanding and we will help empower you in your role of teacher and supporter.   www.babycollege.co.za

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