There are a dizzying amount of activities available in Dulwich and surrounding areas for parents and babies to take part in. But one activity surely stood out for me: Baby Sensory.
Not only did it look like great fun but it also looked like it would benefit a baby’s development. Baby Sensory aim to build up a vocabulary of sensory experiences (e.g. visual, auditory and tactile), to enhance physical contact (massage, reflexology, touching, cuddling and rocking) between you and your baby and to promote the development of speech through the use of sign language, music, song and puppets.
I found the idea of the programme completely engaging and I saw it as an opportunity to chat/meet other parents. Baby Ayman is nearly 3 months old so it was the perfect time to go along to the Baby Sensory class in Dulwich. Classes aren’t too packed, usually attended by mums and babies, there’s space for buggy parking and feeding/changing areas are available.
Everyone sits around a circle with their babies laying/sitting in front of them on a comfy mat. The class always starts with the same song ‘Say Hello To The Sun’ and this is one of the songs that is used to help develop baby signing.
After this, there is a short tellytubby puppet show and then we move on to the themed session – today’s theme was touch and playing with toys – rattles, teddies, balls and feathers.
Finally it was time for unstructured play (and time to talk to the other mums). Babies get to play with toys or lay on, touch and feel different materials. Baby Ayman loved touching the different fabrics.
All too soon, it was time for the ‘Wave Goodbye’ song.
Throughout the session Baby Ayman and the other babies were immersed in a world of senses. The instructor herself was so passionate, enthusiastic and so much fun. If I could suggest just one activity a week you do with your baby, it would be Baby Sensory!
Check it out for yourself at: www.babysensory.com.