Boppin’ Babies: Newborns to 12 months
We offer a beautiful, gentle, relaxing and nurturing environment that focuses on fostering and supporting your relationship with your baby through musical play.
Our baby groups are multi-model, focusing on the foundations of loving relationships – singing, touching and eye contact.
We provide music in a multi-modal way because we know from the research that this is best for baby.
This approach ensures that little people can experience sensory stimulation and integration without risk of being overstimulated.
Live music allows us to also model to parents the importance of singing to and with your baby for their emotional and cognitive growth and development.
A researched-based music early learning program that supports strong relationships and early childhood development
Our Boppin’ Babies groups have a structure based on well researched music therapy programs that we know supports strong relationships between parent and child and early childhood development.
Our use of live music, and our gentle approach to multi-modal stimulation in a child-led framework is what sets us apart from all other music programs claiming to support the developmental needs of your infant.
We won’t overstimulate your baby
Babies don’t need to be constantly stimulated to learn and grow.
We believe that there is enough ‘busy’ in this world, and music time should be a space where you can slow down, connect and enjoy being in the moment with your baby.
To achieve this, we use all live music, with a strong focus on singing, and experiencing music through songs and moving to music that is led by you, the parent.
Our groups are voice led so that you can easily replicate this in the home.
We provide helpful information throughout the session around early childhood development and how music supports this.
What we do in the baby group
Babies learn through repetition and feel comfortable to explore their world when they know what to expect.
That’s why our baby group structure is repetitive. This structure helps you to learn the songs to use at home.
We balance this each week by introducing new songs, activities, instruments and sensory props within the well-established structure with the favourite songs.
Each music group starts and ends with regulatory activities. This way you (and your baby) learn how you can use music to regulate, sooth and stimulate, not just in our music groups but at home as well.
Then we move onto the important business of making music without overstimulating your little one.
It is very important that babies receive appropriate sensory stimulation opportunities, but it is equally important that they are not overstimulated.
This is why our program is multi-modal: meaning we sing to babies, while providing tactile stimulation and qualities that are important to relationship building.
We touch, massage, bounce, jiggle, cuddle and tickle while singing to our bubs.
Sometimes we use props to touch and tickle that provide different sensory experiences, or we use props to encourage visual and kinaesthetic sensory experiences.
This can include bubbles, parachutes, colours in ribbons or rainbows, sensory balls to touch and feel and many others.
Your baby wants to be held and touched by you
Our baby movement section is all based around dancing with your baby in your arms or lap.
These dances include a developmental focus on your bubs physical and coordination skills, so we do lots of work that enhance gross motor skills, and engage the upper vestibular system (balance) and crossing the middle of their body to engage both sides of the brain in movement activities (cross lateral movement)
We do this with live music that follows the pace of the children. You and bub work together on the therapy balls, Bop Along Buddies or other wonderful physical therapy props that we use, as directed by our physiotherapist consultant.
You bub will also explore a range of instruments that help develop eye-hand coordination, ulnar grasp, visual tracking, auditory tracking and many other developmental milestones.
Each week your bub will explore different musical sounds and instruments through playing a range of percussion instruments with you.
This includes a variety of shakers, bells and drums every week as well as a range of different instruments and props throughout the term.
All of these are carefully chosen to be developmentally appropriate and safe for babies by our music therapists and consultant occupational therapist.
Meet other families and make new friends.
Many Boppin’ families meet after music in nearby playgrounds or park, or at a nearby coffee shop where we have special arrangements.
We also host social events and parent workshops throughout the year where you can get together as friends.
Wondering how young your baby can start music? Read Miss Vicky’s blog.