Baby-led workshops help parents explore the unique characteristics of their newborn infant

Multi-award winning, early years sensory experience provider, Baby Sensory, has launched its new nationwide programme Hello Baby Observation, a remarkable ‘never seen before’ series of interactive baby-led workshops designed to help new parents to explore the unique and personal characteristics, abilities and sensitivities of their newborn child.  With individual workshops spanning the three ‘C’s’, Crying, Colic and Comfort, each session is delivered by a fully qualified practitioner and uses a series of special observational techniques to help parents communicate more effectively with their newborn baby.

Baby Sensory has developed Hello Baby Observation as a significant extension to its infamous sensory classes. The programme is suitable for babies from birth up to three months of age and covers insights such as identifying what your baby can do from the moment they are born, to what your baby is telling you when they sneeze or hiccup, how they are able to calm and settle themselves, what their different cries mean and how to recognise them, how babies show they know their parents and also learning what your baby finds difficult or stressful. 

Dr Lin Day, baby development expert and founder of Baby Sensory, explains: “Welcoming a new baby into the family is a time of great joy, but it is not without its challenges. We have developed Hello Baby Observation, to support new parents during the very early stages of their baby’s life.  We look at how baby responds to the world, what she can do, what she finds difficult or stressful and how her parents can help her grow and develop in the first three months of life. Babies communicate with you from the very first moment they enter the world and during these sessions, parents will discover many techniques including which are most effective in providing comfort and how their baby self-soothes to restore balance, which can have a transforming effect on a parents’ relationship with their new baby.“

Hello Baby Observation workshops are currently being delivered across more than 120 different regions in the UK.  Each interactive workshop lasts for an hour and 20 minutes and includes a 45-minute presentation, baby-led observations, social time and the opportunity for questions and further discussion.  

Dr Day continued: “From tuning into your baby’s body language and different cries to managing and reducing the symptoms of colic and identifying the comfort techniques that are unique to your own baby, parents will find they are able to recognise and interpret this communication not only to respond to what their baby needs but also to explore their amazing abilities, share their anxieties with other parents and make new friends.  Whether your baby finds tummy time difficult, becomes distressed when being undressed or handled, is difficult to soothe, startles easily or sneezes, these baby-led sessions will explain why and provide much needed reassurance and support for thousands of new parents across the country.”

Baby Sensory provides a range of parent and child sensory activity-based class experiences across the UK and overseas. Classes are aimed at parents and babies (from birth up to 13 months of age) and are designed to enhance early years learning and development through exploratory sensory play while allowing parents to spend quality time with their baby in a safe, established, nurturing environment led by qualified, knowledgeable class leaders. 

Baby Crying Workshop

In this workshop, we will look at the cries your baby uses to communicate with you so you can meet her needs within seconds. We will also look at one of the most effective ways to provide comfort and reduce crying. 

  • Why does your baby cry? 
  • How can you tell what your baby needs when she cries? 
  • What do you do when your baby cries?
  • If you’ve tried everything and your baby continues to cry, how do you switch on the calming reflex?

Baby Colic Workshop

Colic generally refers to an unsettled baby with excessive gas in the intestines, which causes bloating and pain. It can occur in first-born babies and later siblings, equally in both sexes and in breast and formula-fed babies. We look at the main causes of colic and explore ways of reducing or managing the symptoms. 

  • When does your baby cry most (e.g. morning, afternoon, evening, night)? 
  • How can you tell if your baby has colic? 
  • What causes colic? 
  • How can you relieve abdominal bloating and pain?

Baby Comfort Workshop

If your baby has been fed or changed, but continues to cry, soothing techniques that provide repetitiveness, rhythm and familiarity can help restore balance. We explore techniques that replicate the comfort of the womb and help your baby feel safe and secure.

  • What sound does your baby find most comforting? 
  • Why is close physical contact so important for your baby? 
  • Which soothing techniques remind your baby of the comfort of the womb? 
  • Which techniques are most effective in triggering the calming reflex?

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About Monica Costa

Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums

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