BabyGym is a programme designed by Dr. Melodie De Jager of BabyGym Institute International. It looks at biomimicry - that is the natural order of how nature intended for baby to develop for brain stimulation in babies. According to BabyGym brain stimulation occurs when you gradually and gently wake up all of baby’s senses and muscles in a specific sequence. Baby’s physical development receives priority during the first 14 months of life and as such BabyGym utilises this precious time frame to show mom, dad and nanny how to PLAY BABY TO BRILLIANCE. BabyGym’s programmes have been designed to guide mom and dad from pregnancy, through birth and through each of the physical developmental milestone including suckling, head control, rolling, sitting, crawling and walking. BabyGym helps baby to relax and to be unfolded from a curled up little baby to become a strong, curious and mobile little human being.
Research has indicated that there is a link between the variety of movements a baby makes during the first few months of life and their ability to adapt and learn later on in life. The purpose of baby’s first year is to DEVELOP, to become alert, strong, independent and clever and BabyGym makes this happen! Hence it is a very good stimuation programme that is based on sound research evidence.
The programme covers the five senses as well as proprioception, kinesis and the vestibular system, and movement over the period of 5 weeks. While it is a good programme it is often not affordable to lower income earners and to the unemployed. I would like to take the programme to as many underprivileged mums and babies as possible. The current cost per baby is approximately USD146 or R1045.