Are you concerned about your infant’s development?

Baby Builders is a Developmental baby exercise program for your infant.

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Do you want to be proactive in your infant’s development?
Do you want to improve your baby’s motor skills?
Is your baby at-risk for developmental delays?

Baby Builders is a Developmental Baby Exercise Program for:

  • Strength, balance, coordination (Motor Skills)
  • Infant’s development physically, cognitively, emotionally
  • The prevention of delayed infant development

Baby Builders exercises can help your baby’s development!

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What are other professionals and parents saying about Baby Builders?

“. . . This is exactly what every parent of a high-risk baby needs. It’s a guide that enables parents to be proactive in working toward the goal of a healthy, happy baby.”

Edward E. Gustavson, M.D.
Fellow American Academy of Pediatrics
Chief of Developmental Pediatrics, Children’s Medical Center, Tulsa, Ok.

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What is Baby Builders?

Baby Builders is a baby exercise program that teaches parents how to be proactive in their infant’s development. Parents work through four developmental stages that stimulate a baby’s motor and cognitive development from birth through tummy time and crawling until walking. The exercises and techniques show how to make playtime constructive. As well, it educates parents on the progression of development and recommends toys that can enhance cognitive and motor development.

The Baby Builders program was designed to promote development to meet the needs of those babies with special concerns (but is effective with all babies).

What does a baby really need in life?

Food, clothing, a warm place to sleep, love, exercise. Exercise? Yes, exercise! Child Development shares, “The processes by which infants learn to control and coordinate their bodies…set the stage for all further development. ” 1 Physical development precedes both cognitive and emotional development. But physical development can’t take place without exercise.

Is Baby Builders for my baby?

The Baby Builder’s Program was designed to help parents who have:

  1. concerns over their child’s development,
  2. “at-risk”infants,
  3. preemies,
  4. infants born with physical challenges (Down Syndrome , Cerebral Palsy, etc)

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The exercises in Baby Builders specifically build strength in the trunk (for control of posture), hips, shoulders and tummy. These muscles are most often weakest in children who are at risk or behind in their motor skill. (See our questions page for more information on postural control muscles.)

Many of these babies do not get the help they need early enough. By the time they see a therapist, many have already developed bad movement patterns and muscle imbalances that have to be corrected before the actual delay can be treated. This not only further delays their motor skills, but also their cognitive development. Many problems could be prevented or significantly reduced with some simple, constructive playtime activities during the first few months of life.

Baby Builders was created to give you the power to help your baby.

I hope you greatly enjoy Baby Builders.

May your family develop healthily!

 

Jenna Zervas, MSPT

Why Baby Builders Exercises Gets Results

Baby Builders infant development program is based primarily on the principles of movement systems balance (MSB) and postural control. Postural control muscles or CORE MUSCLES are those in the hips, tummy, neck and shoulders.

Weak postural control muscles are the primary problem with preterm infants, infants with Down Syndrome, cerebral palsy and other at-risk infants.

Postural control plays a HUGE role in a child’s life. Those muscles stabilize the trunk to allow for good coordinated movement of the arms, legs, head, jaw and even the eyes. Strong postural control muscles allow good hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills (pincer grasp, handwriting and handling of small objects), speech and swallowing, higher level motor skills (jumping, skipping, walking on a straight line, etc), and stabilization of the eyes for reading and learning.

The best time to strengthen postural control muscles is the first year. After the first year, it is MUCH more difficult — and often times impossible if the child has high muscle tone – to isolate and strengthen these muscles.   Without strong postural control muscles, a child will compensate for the lack of strength with abnormal movement patterns and “blocking” of joints to gain stability. This “blocking” significantly limits movement and coordination.

Baby Builders uses fun playtime activities to teach parents and caregivers how to strengthen an infant’s postural control muscles while stimulating his gross motor skill development.