Dads join baby online group
Nationwide baby group franchise, Baby Sensory says it has seen a dramatic rise in the number of fathers attending its online sessions since lockdown began.
Prior to the pandemic, the weekly attendance of its sensory classes were predominantly attended by mothers, yet lockdown seems to have been responsible for many more dads enjoying time together with their babies.
Baby Sensory sessions promote infant wellbeing and aid early development.
A spokesman said: “While Covid19 and lockdown have undeniably put pressure on parents and families, it has also offered benefits to baby with perfect conditions for the most intense physical closeness and the presence of father’s being at home, offers huge benefits to a baby’s development.”
With around 10 per cent of new fathers reported to suffer from postnatal depression, founder of Baby Sensory, Dr Lin Day, sees the presence of fathers and mothers in the home together during lockdown, as a positive opportunity for babies and also to parent mental health.
She reports: “Men are just as important as women in a child’s life and just as capable.
“Their interest and unique style of communication and involvement is strongly associated with social, emotional and intellectual development.
“Research shows that a male role model can have a huge impact on behaviour, which ultimately leads to happier, more productive children.”
Baby Sensory @Home provides simple, practical ideas for young families on creative play, massage, tummy time, movement, visual development, textures, scents and music, all of which can be easily repeated at home.
Using a combination of original and traditional songs and rhymes to develop early speech, language skills and sensory signing activities, sessions help parents to communicate with their babies from birth.
Dr Day added: “It may take some effort for new parents, including dads, to join an online group, but the more they do it, the easier it will become.
“It takes a village to raise a child, but if the village no longer exists, it is important for new parents, mothers and fathers, to join supportive networks and community groups online, and to talk to friends and family as regularly as possible to protect against isolation, loneliness, and depression.”
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 nurturing environment.