Infants (birth to 1 year)
From birth, babies are marvelous learners, immediately investigating the sights, sounds, and feel of the world. Long before walking and talking, they are exploring their own bodily powers and what the world has to offer. They need a safe world rich with opportunities to actively explore and enjoy: to see, hear, feel, touch and move.
During the first year of life, children need to acquire "basic trust", a pervasive sense of the essential trustworthiness of oneself and others. It is the sense of safety and security that comes from responsive, predictable care from familiar people to whom one is attached. Without this sense, the world is far too scary a place to cope with and learn about. Each child also needs to develop a sense of autonomy, the sense of being a separate, independent self that comes from being treated as an important individual and being allowed increasing opportunities for independence
Before babies are able to sit up, they spend a lot of time on their backs. This time should be filled with many opportunities to stimulate the mind and senses. Mobiles are a great way to encourage self awareness, hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills.
Tummy Time doesn't have to be a fight. With the right materials and a willing caregiver, your child can enjoy tummy time as much as any other activity.
Infants (and toddlers) are sensory motor beings. They explore the world with their senses and developing motor skills. Long before they understand concepts like "under" or "far" with their minds, their bodies are learning to navigate the up and down, over and under of the physical world. Their perceptions are sorting out sizes, colors, and shapes. New Life provides infants and toddlers with a rich learning environment with appropriate learning centers planned and organized to maximize the development of said skills.
So, whether you are a first time parent or a parent of many, here at New Life, we make you and your baby feel like they are an important part of our program and the world as a whole.