Nothing makes a baby giggle like being up in the air and supported by adoring hands of her parents. Upside Down Game will give lots of positive emotions to both of you and your baby and it will be the source for additional exercises.
Show your baby the pictures or toys of a dog, a cat and a rabbit or any animal that your baby is not familiar with. And say that this is a dog, this is a cat and this is a rabbit. Take you baby’s legs and very gently put her upside down. Then still very gently put her right side up. And say: Now you are upside down and Now you are right side up.
But be sure that the younger baby’s head is well supported in your arms. If the baby likes this activity, do this a few times keeping commenting. If the baby doesn’t like being upside down, so do not persist, just put the toys upside down and right side up. Still saying: The doggie is upside down. Now the doggie is right side up.
Now it’s time to make a rhyme and start playing the game.
Sit the toys on the carpet in a row. Put you baby upside down so she can see them upside down.
I see the doggie upside down.
Now put the baby right side up so she can see the toys in this position and say:
Now I’m right side up,
I see the doggie right side up.
Do this with all the animals. Then take the baby face to you, gently put her upside down so she can see you in this position and say:
I see Mommy upside down.
Now I am right side up,
I see Mommy right side up.
You should know
– The game develops the baby’s vestibular system, enhancing his awareness of her head placing in motion and space.
– This stimulates the vestibular system that is vital for balance.
– Blood carrying oxygen, ruches to the brain and thus brain’s growth increases.
– Babies instinctively know the importance of being held upside down and enjoy this activity.
– This gives the baby the different perspective on the world and increases her amount of concepts.
More about the Vestibular System
Einstein said that all life forms have one common characteristic – movement. All 5 senses respond to movement but the vestibular system is the first to respond during the baby’s development.
The vestibular system is the best in helping us balance. But it has much more functions. Talking about our brain’s vestibular system we are normally mean the vestibular organs – tiddly little cavities in the inner ear that help us to control our balance. But the system performs many other functions, not only keeping us from falling over.
The vestibular system takes similar control over our general senses: hearing, seeing and touch. To do this it collects information from these organs, our eyes, our hands, our fingertips and all our muscles. it collects any information it can help control our body’s “natural” reaction to these stimulations no matter how minute. Spin around fast and you may fall down though you are a trained dancer to cope with this problem. This is a large reaction. But there are many tiny reactions that affect your blood pressure, your heart rate, immune responses, limb position, muscle tone, wakening and balance. These tiny reactions are very important and have the capacity to disturb your mental and physical equilibrium.
One of the main ways of stimulating the vestibular system is swinging or rocking. Infants know that these simple actions are very important for surviving skills and that is why simple rocking at an early age often calms them. However head upside down and legs off the ground also greatly stimulate the vestibular system. Children adore swings, sea-saws as well as merry-go-rounds and roller-coasters in later childhood. Read more about the Vestibular System.