At Books for Babies we do our best to welcome everyone and keep things fun and friendly. We set up on the floor with blankets to create a soft and safe place for babies to relax and explore. Many of the older babies feel comfortable enough to check out the space and meet the other babies and families, but they quickly lose confidence if they lose sight of mom or dad!
The Books for Babies program promotes healthy family relationships; it is designed around how babies learn and the role their family members play in that process. We focus on activities like book sharing and talking and singing together, but babies are really learning all the time in response to their experiences, their relationships, and their surroundings.
What that means to our program is that sometimes our discussions and information sharing have to take a back seat to the needs of the babies in the group. After all, babies need to feel comfortable and cared for, or they will let you know in a way that makes it very hard to do anything else! We calm them and keep them engaged by looking into their eyes, responding to their coos and cries, and holding them when they need to be held. After all, nobody likes to be ignored.
Every few minutes, we give the babies our undivided attention and sing rhymes together. Not only is this fun for the babies, but it also helps to keep the babies calm. And, an hour is a long time for a baby to hold it together in a busy group, so we stop mid-way through the program to give everyone a break.
There’s a lot going on in Books for Babies, but I hope this gives you an idea of what the program looks like… from the babies’ perspective at least.
Books for Babies Edmonton program schedule: