Because time flies a lot of our Bugs have now moved up into our Birds classes because they're on the move! We now have some spaces for new Bugs to come join us for classes.
When you have a baby everyone tells you it all goes so fast and before you know it they'll be toddlers. It might not seem like it when you first welcome your little bundle of joy into the world but as a new Dad to an already 8 month old little girl I can honestly say I have no idea where the time has gone! It is exciting as well as challenging. It literally turns your world upside down (of course in the most positive way) and on top of that, there is not one but thousands of manuals on what you are supposed to do! It doesn't matter how many parenting books you have read, there is so much to learn and the only way that happens is through trial and error.
With so many activities for little ones these days it's hard to decide what you should and shouldn't do. We get it! But the best thing you can do for your little one is to get them moving. Studies indicate that movement feeds the brain and lays the foundations for learning. It is important to encourage movement in the early months of baby's life to help them reach developmental milestones.
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We are introducing a referral scheme for all our parents who currently come to classes with us. If you refer a friend with a Bug (4 - 10 months) to us and they sign up you will receive £20 credit on your account to use towards future classes, camps or parties.
This is only for a limited time only. The scheme will be running until Friday 2nd November. The Bug who joins us simply needs to let us know who recommended them when they sign up.
At The Little Gym Leeds we start classes from 4 months old. You might be thinking "what can I do with a 4 month old?". We get this all the time. But you'd be surprised how much they can learn at such a young age. The Bugs programme is a 45 minute long parent and child session which is designed to support babies overall development through the use of age appropriate developmental gymnastics. Children are exposed to the rich multi-sensory environment. This allows them to learn and helps them gain a better understanding of the world around them. More importantly though, they explore the gym environment with their senses as well as their bodies.
Most people know we have 5 senses; touch, taste, smell, sight, hearing. But did you know there are another 2 crucial senses we have? Balance (the vestibular system) and Proprioception (the sense of where are bodies are in space). Without these sense we wouldn't be able to function. Your little one can develop these vital senses through MOVEMENT and it's never too early to start!
This is when we come in.
The skills and activities in our Bugs classes help develop these and they include; rotational activities, moving across inclined mats as well as the balancing beam, weight bearing on legs and arms, and gripping/pulling with the arms. All of which feed into your child's development. Along with the sensory stimulation, children develop much needed strength which aids them greatly in reaching milestones like rolling, sitting, crawling and eventually walking!
The lovely thing about the Bugs classes is that the learning is not only for the children but also for you, the parent. Spending time in the gym with your child teaches you about different areas of child development and the theory behind why we do specific activities; you can practice skills learnt at the gym at home and gain confidence in how to support your baby safely and you will definitely enhance the bond between you and your child. it is also a great chance to make friends and grab a coffee after class!
If you know someone with a new arrival be sure to let them know about us. Next time you're in speak to a member of staff about our referral scheme before it runs out! If you're new to The Little Gym don't hesitate to give us a call on 0113 3359915 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.