This activity was all about develop G’s physical ability and tracking sounds. As I’ve mentioned before, music is crucial for developing those links between both sides of baby’s brain, so introducing baby to instruments early on is beneficial. To make the Gym, I got one of G’s mats, some instruments, a mirror and a support cushion.
To allow G some practise and encourage her to try and roll over, I used the instruments to first engage and grab her attention and then moved it to various positions, encouraging her to track the sounds and in turn move her body. As you can see, placing the maraca behind her head, meant she had to roll to be able to see it. G has only managed once to roll from back to front but she is getting closer and closer. Placing the mirror in different positions, also encourages her to move as she likes looking at herself.
It is important to use the instruments on both sides of her body to encourage her to roll both ways and develop her ability to listen with both ears.
G gets really excited by our instruments. In my opinion, I would invest in some good ones as they will be well played with. J loves making a band and playing with all the instruments – noisy but great for their development.
It is also good to let baby experiment with the instruments. G was very interested in banging on the tambourine today. Usually her favourite is the maraca but she showed an interest elsewhere today.
Then there is tummy time! This is G’s LEAST favourite activity. She really doesn’t last long at all. I remember J was the same! They’re just too nosy! They get it from their father!! Regardless, G has a minute or so, several times a day on her tummy and eventually she will learn to use her arms to lift her! Until then, I will persevere and let her have tummy time with and without the support cushion. Little and often is the key to tummy time if your baby hates it as much as mine!
Musical Baby Gym; a physical and exploratory work out! Why don’t you give it a go?!