Took B to a music and movement workshop for 0-6 month olds to get more ideas and meet like-minded moms. Alas, the outcome was a little disappointing. The environment wasn’t too conducive for infants, facilitator well-meaning but pushy, and topics covered rather common sense. Basically, they emphasised positive affirmation throughout the infant’s development by offering comfort (0-2 months), interaction/observation (3-4 mos) and participation (5-6 mos), using music and movement as a means of experiential conditioning and incidental learning to stimulate the brain and bonding. A few Kindermusic songs were introduced and parents were encouraged to touch, massage, use repeated motions synchronised with music, and compose their own lyrics and songs. I guess there would’ve been some value for moms who may not have done this before but I found it rather simplistic as I’ve been talking and playing in-song with him since Day 1, we’ve both really enjoyed this and the other caregivers at home also try to follow suit. Unfortunately, B got bored/fussed towards the end since they started late while we got there early, began to squeal/shriek and only calmed down once I took him outside. I do regret not getting to know the other moms with 4-6 month old infants there as we didn’t get a chance to introduce ourselves and our little ones within the group and I was too busy minding B. Oh well, it was worth a try!
ETA: Time to get going with baby signing, B is clearly trying to communicate and explore verbally. Till he forms words, his newfound shrieking will just continue….!
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