Baby Boot camp!!!

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In Developmental boot camp you don’t have to be the trainer, just a loving participant.

Ready, set, go!

The moment after her birth, your newborn begins the incredible journey of discovering and creating the movement pathways that will ultimately allow her to defy gravity to walk, run, and (metaphorically) fly! Developmental movements are the building blocks of human movement and lay the foundation of our own self-image and influence how we interact with the world as adults.


As new parents there’s no need to be anxious.  Respecting your individual baby's learning process as she starts to explore her body and her movement will optimise her ability to form a detailed and comprehensive mind map or self-image of who she is. For most babies, the only thing we have to do as parents is provide our baby with a comfortable and nurturing environment in which she can move freely and learn about herself and the way she moves. This means a soft, clean, warm floor for her to lie on that is free from hazards and dangers and large enough for her to explore her movement on. She needs stimulation in the form of age appropriate toys, but mostly in the form of engaged and responsive parents, siblings and carers, right down there on the floor with her. Yes you can! You gotta get down and join her in her world! Nothing is a better motivator for movement than a loving smile from mum or dad or the promise of a gentle cuddle or tickle.

She's got the power!

So what are these power moves that form our self-image and physical capabilities from birth? Let's break them down a bit, and if you’re feeling game, get on the floor and give them a go!

Breaking it down!

Babies start with sucking. (You can give this one a miss if you like!)  Some babies have even been seen to suck in the womb. By stimulating the intestines, sucking helps baby pass her first sticky poos, as well as facilitate feeding and calming sensations. When fingers and toes make their way to her mouth, suddenly baby's body map expands from being just a mouth and tongue to include fingers and toes. Who needs teddy when toes are on hand!  Now things really start to move.  It's all about reaching, kicking, pushing, pulling, rocking, rolling, twisting, turning, bending, arching, flexing, extending, and lifting against gravity to organise the body to roll, creep, crawl, bear walk, stand, cruise, fall, squat, stand, and ultimately walk. Are you exhausted yet? No wonder it takes time! Respecting your baby's unique movement exploration and development honours her unique personality and learning style. Next time you are in the baby products isle looking at expensive chairs that prop baby up when she is not yet sitting on her own volition, or walkers that walk baby before she can weight bear, balance and coordinate the complex task of walking independently, pause for a moment. Who really needs that product? You or baby?

We have much to learn about ourselves and how we move. If you are lucky enough to have a newborn baby close to you, spend as much time as you can observing her developmental movement journey. Even better still, get down on the floor with her and let her show you how! She may very well help you to smooth out your own rusty movement pathways to improve your sense of comfort and well being.

If you do have any concerns about your child’s development make sure you discuss it with your doctor.

Ingrid Weisfelt, Certified Feldenkrais Teacher

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