Babies & Crawlers
BabyROO is a program designed to give you the opportunity to learn how to provide activities at home to help your child learn about their world and get a jump start on their education. The program specifically targets the stimulatory needs of babies to help lay a solid foundation for ongoing development of the brain.
Active Babies Smart Kids Free Online Video Series
“Foundations for future learning. One of the best gifts you will ever give your baby.”
You are your baby’s first, most important and best teacher.
Research confirms that there is a direct relationship between the stimulation babies receive and how well they later behave, read and learn.
Our video series is the essential guide for all parents. Join in the fun activities, dance and sing with your baby as you learn the how and why of tummy time, baby exercises, baby massage, speech development, baby balance and more. Help build key brain pathways for later learning. Babies who have had these types of early movement opportunities have shown statistically significant results in future concentration, behaviour, coordination, reading comprehension and maths skills.
About the Active Babies Smart Kids series: What it is
We have created this series for parents of babies from birth to crawling and expecting parents.
It is completely free to register and view the entire series and is available to all parents in Australia and New Zealand. Registration is by email.
The series has been adapted from our internationally acclaimed, neuro-developmental programs and includes 12 x 22 minute episodes full of up to-date, important developmental information, specialists advice and fun, easy activities and ideas that help build key brain pathways for later learning.
Creating Foundations for Learning
In our Platypus classes, you will learn how to provide activities that help your baby to learn about themselves and the world around them, stimulating their brain to create the foundations for learning.
Gentle movement, music, massage, tummy time, baby games, dance all help you put the ‘natural’ back into your baby’s development.
From 6 weeks of age, non-mobile babies can join a GymbaROO class. Each class begins in our mat room, with everyone on the floor together. Everyone sings the ´hello´ song which signals the beginning of class. A series of gentle exercises are then completed.
These include strengthening exercises, especially around baby’s joints, and exercises that promote balance and coordination and crawling. There is visual stimulation with large black and white pictures which are specifically designed for babies. Massage is an important part of this class, where you will be taught relaxation massage, stimulating massage, and massage games.
We have fun ideas for encouraging tummy time, and an opportunity to discuss together the neurological theme for that week. This is accompanied by a handout to take home and read. Probably the highlight of each class is the baby’s dance where you waltz, tango or rock with your little one.
Each week there is time on our specially designed equipment for our babies. This gives you the opportunity to rock, roll, and swing your baby to stimulate their balance, muscle tone, vision, and sensory integration. Each class concludes with parachute time.
Our non-mobile baby’s class is known as our platypus class, as babies wiggle around on their tummies.
At Ryde and Rydalmere GymbaROO we call our tiniest babies our Tadpoles. These are babies from 6 weeks to 4 months of age. Our Tadpoles join our Platypus classes, but they are instructed in special ways to hold and support baby at this young age. As they tire quickly, they do not always manage the full 45 minutes at the beginning of term, often needing a rest or cuddle at big equipment time, and so their fees are reduced. Slowly as the term progresses, and their bodies become stronger through the gentle exercises and massage, they will complete a full session. You will learn how to give your little one the very best start in life.
Neuro Developmental Milestones
Platypus: Non-mobile baby
• Pushes up on arms, head held high, chest off the floor, palms of hands open when resting on the surface
• Rolls front to back and/or back to front
• No head lag when pulled to sit
• Takes weight on upper body when bottom and legs are lifted off the ground briefly
• Focuses on and follows nearby moving objects with eyes
• Studies hands and feet
• Reaches for toys with both hands
• Palmar reflex inhibitied – grasps toys voluntarily (full handed grasp)
• Brings everything to the mouth
• Smiles and gurgles delightedly
• Shows excitement at approaching voices and footsteps
• Moro reflex inhibited – startle response matures
• Watches carer’s face intensely with a contented, purposeful gaze
• Copies actions such as poking out tongue, smiling
• Swivels around on tummy, may push backwards
Mat time is very busy for these active little crawlers who desire to explore the world around them. Balance and strength exercises continue, but at a faster and more challenging pace. Games with small equipment are introduced, and massage includes lots of body awareness games.
Treasure bag is introduced where babies are exposed to a picture, a word in print, and an object that all represent the same thing. This helps build neural pathways and is the beginning of word exposure. Music and rhythm time is introduced for crawlers and parachute games conclude the class.
Equipment time is a crawler’s favourite time. They can crawl over all our wonderful obstacles ladders on the floor, ladders at angles, slides, wedge, trampoline and swing. There are tunnels, and tactile toys, wooden boxes and soft mats to organise their way over all in a safe and clean environment.
Neuro Developmental Milestones
Wombats: crawling on their tummies
• Commando crawls forward on tummy – uses both sides of the body equally
• Tracks moving objects with eyes
• When hands grasped, braces shoulders and pulls self to sitting
• Easily takes weight on upper body when bottom and legs are lifted off the ground
• ATNR reflex inhibited – smooth, voluntary movement and positioning of limbs is now the norm
• TLR reflex (forward and backward) inhibited – good head control and strong muscle tone exhibited
• Intentionally swipes at hanging objects with either hand
• Shows delight with ‘rough and tumble’play
• Returns smiles, laughs, chuckles and babbles
• Loves being read to
• Swaps toys from one hand to another
• Deliberately reaches for and shakes rattle
• Loves to be held upside down.
Wombats: crawling on their hands and knees
• Crawls in a cross lateral movement on hands and knees – STNR reflex (forwards and backwards) inhibited
• Sits self up
• Pulls self up on furniture
• Crawls upstairs
• Parachute reflex matured – puts arms out to save self if tilted off balance – sideways, forwards and backwards
• Takes weight on upper body for wheelbarrows when held at hips
• Picks up and lets go of objects with thumb and forefinger
• Starts to throw things or drop things from the high chair, cot or stroller
• Increasingly conversational
• Laughs, chuckles and squeals aloud in play
• Begins to clap hands together and wave goodbye
• Platys peek-a-boo
• Vocalizes tunefully using sing-song vowel sounds. Increasingly joins in singing.
• Responds to simple directions – understands ‘no’and ‘goodbye’
• Copies parent in simple play activities
• Loves to hand upside down
• Visually very attentive to people, objects and happenings
• Loves listening to stories and looking at simple illustrations