We support breastfeeding! Our Infant rooms welcome mothers who would like to nurse their babies during midday visits.
Strong Bodies and Coordinated Movements
Much of your baby’s energy early on will involve building gross motor abilities. As children learn to hold up their heads, roll over, push up off the ground, sit up, stand, walk, and climb, they are developing essential skills to aid them in further cognitive development.
Babies in our infant rooms do not spend their active hours in playpens, jumpers, or walkers. These activities have been shown to impede a child’s ability to grow naturally.
In our Infant rooms, you will see:
- Many soft floor mats babies can move freely and develop gross motor skills.
- Interesting mobiles, grasping objects and rattles within reach.
For the older infants, where crawling and newly walking babies have their hands free for exploration, you will see:
- Low shelving with materials for fine-motor development and cause/effect, such as puzzles, rings on a post, and containers to open and close.
- Pull and push toys to promote gross motor movement.
- We also have multi-child strollers for taking infants on regular “buggy rides” both outside and indoors around our campus so they can see more of the world.
THE PREPARED ENVIRONMENT
A child’s early years are a time of great sensitivity to bonding with the environment in order to establish trust in the world. This is a crucial bond that leads to greater development of language, order, sensorial impressions, and coordinated movement, both fine- and gross-motor.
HAND DEVELOPMENT = BRAIN DEVELOPMENT
Babies use hands to fuel the development of her brain and nervous system. In a few short months, your baby goes from involuntary and reflexive movements to intentionally batting and grabbing at objects, then to releasing something once she has grasped it. From there, she learns more refined grasping abilities, including the all-important “pincer grip” later used for holding a pencil. She transfers things from hand to hand and coordinates her two hands for a chosen purpose (such as to bang things together!).