Life Baby utilises water to give babies as young as one-day-old the freedom of movement. Ultimately, they are provided with an environment to grow, develop and build skills. The water encourages bonding with parents and stimulates babies' physical, mental and sensory pathways. Life Baby accommodates infants up to the age of 12 months. Being new parents can be daunting and stressful, but they can assist with making the journey more relaxed.
Details: 2 Design Quarter, Leslie Ave East, Fourways / 010 500 0551 / [email protected] / LifeBaby/
L.U.C.C.A offers a group sensory group programme that focuses on messy play. As their website states, "Messy play allows children to build, imagine, investigate, experience, explore, create, observe, predict and use their senses. Best of all… it’s heaps of fun!” Sensory play includes any activity that stimulates a child’s senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Sensory activities and sensory tables facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore.
Details: 45 Susman Avenue, Blairgowrie/ 011 781 0952 / [email protected]/ L.U.C.C.A
International Association of Infant Massage
Infant massage is a traditional parenting practice in India and many other parts of the world. Generations of mothers have offered this nurturing touch to their babies. This is because it provides a loving connection early in life and this attachment strengthens as the baby grows. It's a healing and beautiful experience for both parents and babies. The massage techniques are also easy to learn. Massage can ease colic, calm the baby and help it to sleep, but the benefits go far beyond the immediate physiological gains.
Details: Margo Kilborn, 4 Caithness Road, Blairgowrie, Randburg / [email protected]/ Infant Massage SA
Monkeynastix was established in 1995, offering a broad-based, holistic group sensory programme for children. This programme has been developed to combine creativity and music with basic training in flexibility, balance, strength, agility, co-ordination and body awareness. Classes begin from the age of one upwards, and may be offered either at your child's school or at a public recreational venue. Sessions run for 30 minutes, including a warm-up to music, stretch and tone, and working with specialized, age-appropriate equipment. Monkeynastix creates opportunities for your child to learn through movement and creativity. Their sessions further promote participation, emotional intelligence, good social skills and basic hygiene habits. Click here to find a Monkeynastix centre near you.
Details: Head office: 17 Crawford Drive, Norscott, Sandton / Monkeynastix
Clamber Club is divided into a variety of classes for babies and toddlers. They offer a comprehensive and exciting sensory motor programme that equips parents with the skills to help the development of their children. From infant massage and baby exercises, to strengthening core muscle groups. Clamber Club also has specially designed equipment to help your little ones learn about what their bodies can do. There are several branches in Gauteng.
Details: Details: 011 325 2031 / [email protected] / Clamber Club
Tiny Tumbles is a baby, toddler and pre-school gymnastics and movement education programme. It helps you to assist your child develop physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually. Children are given the opportunity to be themselves and have fun with no pressure. They also learn to listen and follow direction, self-control, self-discipline and how to work hard toward reaching goals. Children acquire social skills and learn more about themselves as they interact in Tiny Tumbles groups. They offer age-appropriate classes, as well as mixed classes for mommies who would like to bring two children at the same time.
Details: Roosevelt Park Recreation Centre, 73 Preller Street, Roosevelt Park / 082 324 6568 / [email protected] / Tiny Tumbles
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Disclaimer: Always consult your physician or pediatrician for advice before engaging your child in any activities or if you suspect any medical or developmental issues with your child.