Molly went to her very first sensory class the other day! Honestly, I don’t know who had more fun at the class – Molly or us! Who knew it was such a blast to use organic paint to paint your child! Ha! I wanted to write about this today because I learned so much in this baby sensory class and I thought I could share some of it with you guys!
First, babies need A LOT of stimulation. I always knew that I should “talk, read, and sing” to her and we do that a lot. But in class I learned that sometime babies needs even more than that. At one point during class the teacher had all of us banging on drums – both babies and parents. At first I thought “this is WAY too loud for Molly’s little ears” but the teacher assured us that babies need that kind of intense stimulation once in a while. I know she explained why, but I’m no doctor and I’m not sure exactly why. But I’ll take her word for it 😉
ALL THE FEELS
Babies also need to feel a variety of textures. Again, this is something I knew which is why I like to have Molly explore the books Pet Tails and Pat the Bunny on a daily basis, but I didn’t realize you could take this a step further and use body paint on your baby! It was so cute to see the way Molly reacted to the feeling of the brush going over her skin. She actually REALLY liked it! And I guess now is a good time to say that she didn’t love the drumming part of her baby sensory class that I described above. In fact, she cried the whole time. But body painting was a hit!
I have always read forums where moms talk about giving their babies massages before bed but I never really knew what they were talking about. Honestly, I’m kind of surprised I never looked it up. I am constantly googling things about Molly. And when I say constantly, I mean like all day long, everyday. Maybe I didn’t look it up because I am doing so many other things at once. Who knows. But I’m so glad I learned about it in class.
Actually, I’m realizing I just lied. HA! I have looked up baby massages but only tummy massages to help with gas. I didn’t realize you could massage their legs and feet to help signal that it’s nap time or bed time. Using baby safe oil we gave our little ones massages after class was done to let them know “sensory time” was over and it was nap time. Molly never napped so well!!!
Anyway, I just wanted to share these adorable photos of Molly and tell you all about her class! It was a really fun way to get out of the house and do something beneficial for our little angel.
Have you ever gone to a baby sensory class? What did you think and what did you do there? What are some of the things you do to stimulate your little one outside of class? I am constantly looking for ways I can help Molly develop, so I’d love your recommendations on things you’ve done! Tell me in the comments below!