Fancy a boogie with your baby?
Dancing while wearing your baby in a sling can be good for your health, according to folk who know.
Listening to music helps young children to think and creatively express themselves, and studies show that dancing comes naturally to infants.
What’s more, being active with your baby promotes positive mental wellbeing and boosts feel-good hormone oxytocin in both mother and child.
Lincolnshire-based mum of three, Claire Witherington, agrees. She runs a babywearing dance class in Lincoln twice a week. She said: “Sling Swing is a gentle, movement to music class for parents and carers and their little ones in a sling or carrier.
“The aim of the class is to have fun, socialize and relax in a musical environment. All dances are easy to follow, gentle and designed with new mums and babies in mind. Babies very often fall asleep as they enjoy the gentle music and being held close.
“There is a lot of pressure, generally in society, on mums to get back to a pre-baby figure but that is not the focus of the class. The emphasis is on meeting other mums and the bonding elements of the music and movement, whilst being held close in a sling.”
Global online parenting guru Dr Sears suggests that babies “usually prefer dancing with their mother, after all, she’s the dance partner baby came to know even before birth”, though obviously dads and grandparents can dance too.
Sling Swing instructors are trained in babywearing and you can borrow a sling/carrier for the class. Classes are held on Mondays at Yarborough Leisure Centre at 1.30pm and Fridays at 10.45am at ONE NK.
Sling Swing is a franchise, which has been running in Lincoln for two years, and is suitable for babies aged six weeks and beyond (or 12 weeks, if you are recovering from a C-section).
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