I’m all about raising a well-rounded and cultured child and in this country that shouldn’t be a problem because it seems as though babies can take a variety of classes before they are even walking. Just some of the few that I’ve seen offered are: sign language, music, dance, swim, yoga, massage, cooking, and even French!
Each class description has the same claims to develop and stimulate baby’s mind while encouraging socialization, language development and parental bonding. I’m always looking for new ways to bond, but can’t we do it in our living room and without disrupting our feeding and napping schedule?
Doesn’t all this early education make baby’s life more complicated? Is educating your baby through baby classes the right thing to do?
According to Andrea Grimaldi, M.S.Ed., a project manager for the non-profit Zero to Three National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families based in Washington, D.C., “These classes don’t make your baby any smarter, but they do have a multitude of other benefits. The best reason to enroll your infant in one of these classes? You get to spend one-on-one time with your baby, which is essential for healthy development. Your baby also gets to be in a room full of other adorable infants doing baby-like things, which they happen to get a real kick out of since they get to see themselves mirrored. And even at this young age, infants are learning social skills which are also essential to their development.”
I certainly see your eyes light up when see other people your size, but for now, we’re going to stick to Mommy & Me play group and yoga, unless you start to show some sign of wanting to learn how to speak a romance language or whip up a chocolate souffle.
The best is yet to be and class can wait a little while longer.