We teamed up with leading parenting guru Dr Miriam Stoppard to host a sensory developmental Play Date in the fantastic Daniels Store toy department, in Windsor, on Friday 5th September 2014 and were joined by a group of beautiful babies and their lovely parents, all eager to learn about child development.
Parents and their babies gathered to watch Dr Miriam demonstrate the best sensory techniques to use when playing with their baby, and helping them reach vital developmental milestones. Putting years of childcare experience into practice, Dr Miriam gave advice about child development, the importance of play and demonstrated her range of First Years toys for babies and toddlers.
Dr Miriam has worked with us to design a fantastic range of toys that are perfect for helping little ones learn. The Dr Miriam @ Galt range is 21 wooden, plastic and soft toys designed to encourage learning through play. Each toy has a whole host of engaging features for little hands and minds to explore!
Here are some of Dr Miriam’s top tips for play time:
Why is play time so important?
Dr Miriam: Babies learn more in their first year than at any other time in life, so it’s important to stimulate their development through play. Every time a baby plays, it thinks. And every time it thinks it develops half a million brain connections. If you play with your baby and show them how to do things and explain what’s happening, you’ll encourage the development of really importance physical, intellectual, manual, language and social skills.
What quick tips can you offer to parents who want to engage more with their child?
Dr Miriam: Babies love over the top gestures, so be sure to whoop with joy at each and every small achievement and movement. Constant eye contact will also encourage engagement and help you and your baby bond, while talking will teach them about sounds, language and memory.
What small changes make a big difference?
Dr Miriam: Playtime has changed over the years, and more parents now often turn to electronic devises as alternative playmates or babysitters for their children. However, we shouldn’t forget the importance of traditional play. Set yourself a target to switch off the iPad, CBeebies and your mobile phone for an hour a day, and focus on releasing your inner child by enjoying playtime with your children. Not only does traditional play allow children to explore their imaginations, but its educational benefits help them reach important development milestones, supporting them through school and into adulthood.
Thank you to everyone who joined us at the event, especially to our ten star mummy bloggers!