How to Maximise Brain Development in Babies through Movement.

There exists, in our parenting culture, a misconception around the idea that babies should not be on their front.  The advice to have babies sleep only on their back has led to an avoidance of the front to the detriment of the baby’s development.  Lack of time spent on the front means that many babies now do not crawl.  Crawling is an important process of a baby’s development because it establishes hand dominance and near point vision.  Both of which are fundamental for both reading and writing. 

This lack of movement also extends to the tendency to keep babies in car seats and chairs for long periods of time.  This tendency precludes them using and then inhibiting their infant reflexes which would help them crawl, stand and develop fine motor control.

For the brain to develop correctly; it is of vital importance that these reflexes are inhibited.  Until that happens, they take first call on the brain an in effect stop the brain from maturing correctly.

Theory  

Why it is important for a baby to move.

Baby reflexes; their function and when they should integrate and recede

How hands and fingers develop

Activities

These are usually done for no longer than 2 minutes,

3-6 months (approx)

Tummy time is vital

Helping a baby with inhibiting primitive reflexes

Feet and hand stimulation

Stimulating the balance part of the brain

Muscle tone development

Moving forward,

Rhythm, song, and dancing

Rocking

6-12 months (approx)

Crawling and creeping activities

“Massage” exercises

Bottom shufflers

Shoulder arms and hand development

Getting a grip

The importance of cruising, bobbing and thinking

More balance fun