BabyGym with Christine Garsfontein. BabyGym is a Movement Programme which mimics and stimulates the natural development of a baby’s senses, brain and muscles to ensure optimal physical, emotional, social and intellectual development. Wake-up your baby’s little nose, taste buds, ears and eyes to become curious and to learn to have fun. Movement develops the brain! The purpose of a baby’s first year is to DEVELOP – to become alert, strong, independent and clever. BabyGym makes this happen.
Contact me today and join a Group Class. BabyGym with Christine Pretoria East is based in Garsfontein, Pretoria.
BabyGym with Christine Garsfontein: BabyGym® 2 – Firm Foundations Curriculum:
- For only 5 weeks mom, dad and baby share quality time in a structured and fun way.
- Only 1 hour once a week for 5 consecutive weeks.
- Learn a new technique in every session that you can practice at home – just a few minutes per day can ensure your baby’s development is on its way.
Moms, dads and caregivers are welcome.
- Babies between birth and walking are welcome too!
Week 1 – The importance of touch and massage (massage baby for a deeper sleep and easier feed)
Week 2 – The importance of movement and balance
Week 3 – The importance of sucking, suckling and neck control
Week 4 – Why both eyes and both ears must work together
Week 5 – Prevent hyperactivity and poor concentration; coordinate and control those arms and legs
- Graduation Day: Mom, Dad and Baby get their first certificate on completion of BabyGym 2: Firm Foundations!
BabyGym with Christine Garsfontein – BabyGym® 1 for Expecting Parents:
- You get an instruction manual with the most basic cell-phone.
- Directions on how to warm up a take-away meal and even where to tear a packet of peanuts, but when it comes to a baby – instructions are not included!
- Research indicates there is a link between the variety of movements a baby makes during the first 4 months of life and the baby’s IQ later in life. BabyGym 1 encourages mom and dad to bond with their baby and relax Baby for better feeding and sleeping from right after birth. So that when a baby is awake, a baby wants to move!
- BabyGym 1 offers 2 Sessions (1 1/2 hour each) for expecting moms and dads on how to:
Understand the purpose of the natural birth process
Bond with their baby
Ensure healthy feeding
Enable babies to sleep better. Mom and Dad will also learn what to do if colic rears its ugly head or when a baby is constipated.
BabyGym with Christine Garsfontein – BabyGym® for any Special Needs:
Brain injuries are not a life-sentence.
Follow nature’s brain developmental recipe, and there is hope for improvement.
Brain development relies on stimulation of the senses and muscles.
It is sequential and driven by the primitive reflex system to protect and develop the mechanics and skills needed for sucking, eating, keeping the head up and stable, rotating the trunk in preparation for rolling, sitting, crawling, walking, and talking.
Reaching a developmental milestone reveals the development of the brain. It indicates that another part of the brain has developed successfully and precedes independence which is the ultimate goal.
Dr Melodie de Jager is a South African Developmental Specialist and the founder of BabyGym® Institute and Mind Moves® Institute. Both these Institutes promote the importance of physical development to optimise brain and whole child development. BabyGym has been designed for babies and people who cannot move independently and/ or talk audibly. Mind Moves are techniques developed for people who move independently, but who want to enhance their quality of life.
Both BabyGym and Mind Moves have been found to be effective for rehabilitating children and adults who suffer from brain damage, traumatic brain injury, a stroke, or an acquired brain injury.
The sooner BabyGym or Mind Moves are applied the greater the improvement in physical and brain development.
We recommend Dr Melodie de Jager’s book brain development MILESTONES, and learning when working with babies or adults with special needs.
BabyGym with Christine Garsfontein – Nanny / Friends of BabyGym® Training:
- Training for nannies – Once a nanny qualifies, she becomes a Friend of BabyGym.
- NOTE: the Friends of BabyGym training programme does not qualify an individual to present BabyGym to anyone, OR to receive any form of monetary payment for services offered.
- Friends of BabyGym training only enables the caretaker of a baby to do so in a development-enhancing manner.
- The training is aimed at the following people: Nannies, caregivers, guardians, volunteers and coordinators at baby or children’s homes, foster parents who are in the process of adopting.
- The purpose of the training is to create awareness between the difference of GROWTH and DEVELOPMENT.
- The training also helps to emphasize the importance of the caregiver’s tasks.
- BabyGym converts everyday care taking into an unforgettable experience for both baby and caregiver!
- During the Friends of BabyGym training the content of the BabyGym 2: Firm Foundations programme is presented:
Importance of touch and massage;
Importance of movement and balance;
Importance of sucking, suckling and neck control;
Why both eyes and both ears must work together;
Prevention of hyperactivity and poor concentration; to coordinate and control those arms and legs.
- The BabyGym Instructor will adjust the content of the programme according to the literacy and language level as well as the frame of reference of the caregiver.
- During training the caregiver is able to work without distraction by simulating the BabyGym exercises on a doll, and then implementing the exercises on the baby at home.
Contact Details for BabyGym with Christine Garsfontein:
366 Snowy Walker Street