Activities to stimulate emotional development in infants
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112: Activities to Stimulate Emotional Development in Infants

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Giving your child the right start and building a really solid foundation is crucial for emotional development in infants and helps give them a good start in life. In this week’s episode of First Time Mum’s Chat I’m chatting with certified toddler yoga teacher and infant massage and baby yoga instructor, Jen Cooper about emotional development in infants.

You’ll hear Jen and I talk about emotional development in infants via various topics including encouraging and developing emotional resilience, emotional intelligence building and mindful activities which she focuses on and encourages in her classes and teaching.

This assists with emotional development in infants and helps toddlers to feel safe expressing their emotions and crying etc. around their parents or caregivers without being told to stop or receiving other negative reactions.

The new generation of moms are particularly invested in emotional development in infants, so emotional resilience and emotional intelligence are both very important in your little one. Jen’s baby yoga and toddler yoga build a solid foundation for children to grow their emotional intelligence and develop emotionally throughout their childhood.

From about 7 months the toddler yoga classes speak to the children about their emotions, ensuring they feel comfortable sharing them and it also teaches them that it’s safe to be angry, sad and they have the opportunity to feel these things. They are helped to name these emotions and then they are shown healthy coping strategies as well.

During our chat, you’ll hear Jen:-

  • Outline some examples of mindful activities that are simple and easy that you can do at home to help bring them fully present in the moment, paying attention to what is occurring around them.
  • Talk about sensory play and how it helps engage all their senses whilst helping them develop both language and motor skills. This encourages emotional development in infants and allows them to really lose themselves in play activities and it encourages their curiosity as they use their sense of touch. I love some of the examples that she gives during our chat and I’m certain this will get your creative juices flowing.
  • Explain how breathing exercises also teach both parent and child positive ways to deregulate in their life when they are having a tantrum or something else happens.

And much more…

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About Jen Cooper

Jen Cooper

A mum to a 2 year old, Jen is a passionate believer in the power of baby and toddler classes.

She is excited not only to deliver interesting, engaging and useful sessions to parents and caregivers, but also to meet and connect with new mums and dads who may be looking for support and confidence, just as she was at the beginning of her motherhood journey.

A teacher with a Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning and over a decade’s experience in the UK and China, Jen is a confident and professional educator. A certified toddler yoga teacher, she is also fully qualified as an infant massage and baby yoga instructor. Her qualification is recognised by the Royal College of Midwives, The Association of Professional Sleep Consultants and the International Institute for Complementary Therapists (CThA).

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