Dancing with your Baby can Improve their Brain Development and Health!

You put on some music and start dancing while doing the dishes to get in a good mood.

Why not include your baby? 

Studies show that getting your groove on with the little one can actually promote their health and development, as well as improve their social skills for life! 
Dancing with your baby can improve their health and development!

Health and Growth 
Movement for your baby increases cerebrospinal fluid circulation, causing more blood flow to your baby's now active brain! These studies and others cited by Dr. Michael Hogan in Psychology Today prove that dancing with your babe even boosts their immune system, and promotes bone growth!

Motor Development
Studies show that babies who are held and passed around with music and movement typically sit and walk sooner than other babies, because their vestibular system is being stimulated, helping them with the balance needed to sit, walk, and run! 

Socio-Cognitive Skills
Dancing can help your baby to become people savvy! Sue Doherty writes in her book "Dancing with Your BABY: For Bonding and Better Health for Both of You"  that research has shown while dancing with a care-giver, baby's brains fire more mirror neurons which are associated with a person's ability to recognize emotion and motivation in others.  Also, listening and dancing to enjoyable music leads to the activation of the limbic system and frontal lobe which is responsible for emotional regulation and processing. So dancing with your baby can make them people smart too! 

It's just fun! A great stress reliever for you and an exciting bonding experience for your baby, dancing stimulates all parts of her brain and body, nurturing her psychological development of trust. So get your dance moves on! 

How to Break it Down with Baby:
Dancing is just as simple as moveing in time to music- if your baby is very small you can rock them and move them in a gentle, rhythmic way to calming music and get all the benefits of dancing! 

Dance with Care:
1. Always Spin slowly 2. Don't overstimulate your baby- listen for their cues 3. Move baby gently and in a way that won't cause sudden movements to their heads or necks 4. Enjoy! Smile with your happy baby- getting movement is good for you too! 

Wishing you happiness and health for you and your baby! 

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