Dr Ally Baker, psychologist and mum of two, attended Joimove Babies in 2013 and 2014 in Glasgow and loved it! Took part in Get Scotland Dancing 2014 with Joimove and is now dedicated to the cause of getting more people dancing all round the world! She is launching babywearing dance sessions and Joimove Babies Community in Dumfries by 1st June 2017, 12.30pm.
Contact her at email@example.com and join her on facebook.
Ashley Bendoris Faulds has recently completed her refresher training on Babywearing Dance Safety and Communication at Joimove! She is mom of 2 and expecting her baby and looking forward to starting back her Joimove Babies classes in North Glasgow by June 2017.
Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and join Ashley Faulds -Joimove Glasgow North
“Is Joyful Parenting Possible?” Babywearing Dance and Joyful Mindfulness
Dr. Aslıhan Onaran (Ph.D.)
JOIMOVE Parenting Consultant & Founder, Attachment Parenting International, Turkey
Is Joyful Parenting ever possible? Say, you did have a mindful moment with your baby, how is `that` feeling sustainable? With day-to-day challenges such as extended sleep deprivation, errands to run, anxieties that come with being new or even seasoned parents and very likely the stress due to the changing roles in our family, joyful parenting does sound more like an oxymoron or a utopia at best, doesn’t it?
Joy, mindfulness and parenting may, indeed, coexist and even support each other for the long term…this is a presence of balance, not one that approaches parenting as a project with the unreachable goal of spotless perfection or an ongoing challenge but one that views parenting as a human way of mutual bonding through our day-to-day experiences, through connecting with our baby and with ourselves. Such joyful mindfulness is possible from the moment of birth. One daily practice that does enhance this mutual bond is babywearing. In fact, babywearing nurtures not just the baby but also the wearing parent/caretaker. The more attached the parent-baby duo feels, the more independent each will feel down the road. The more the perceived independence, the more real joy becomes. When a parent tries babywearing and dance, what we often see is joyful parenting with no room for parental anxieties as the parent is immersed in the moment. This is an existential getaway, one that puts a smile on your face (and your baby’s) even on your most sleep-deprived day. Let us briefly explore how.
Touch is a basic human need, one that feeds both the body and the soul. It is, in fact, often viewed as the mother of all senses. For a newborn and her family, touch offers a fundamental means to communicate, to enhance attachment and thus security. It is now a scientific fact that babies of all ages (including premature babies and those with special needs) benefit from touch with recorded outcomes such as enhanced immunity, better health and faster recovery. One of the earliest scientific proofs of this correlation comes from a 1938 case of skin-to-skin contact and ‘mothering’at the Paediatric Ward of Belleuve Hospital in New York. Records indicate that after the medical staff had been instructed to pick up crying babies and carry them around, the death rate fell from 35 percent to less than ten percent. This then became widespread practice, especially in NICU units in the United States where mothers were also allowed to nurse the preemies or simulate nursing behaviour with skin-to-skin contact with their newborn in the NICUS to enhance parent-baby attachment.
Attachment Parenting, a non-generic intuitive style of parenting drawing on the key role of attachment and compassionate communication for a nonviolent society, also highlights the fundamental role of touch and babywearing. In fact, the practice of babywearing dance with the added benefit of bringing in joyful mindfulness, meets at least three of the eight guiding principles of Attachment Parenting, namely babywearing, offering nurturing touch and striving for balance in our personal and family roles. In this piece, we have focused on babywearing dance as a practice in line with attachment parenting, enhancing and maintaining our joyful coexistence with our baby.
When we carry our baby in our arms or in a safe, approved baby carrier, or, even better, when we wear our baby and dance with other parents and babies as in the global JOIMOVE movement, we not only support our attachment and our baby’s overall well-being, with physical touch and eye contact, music and joy, but we also begin to feel balance, with a smile on our face, despite sleep deprivation, because we are now part of a nonjudgmental community and have done something great both for the baby and for ourselves.
Dear amazing parents out there, all I allude to in a nutshell is: Wear your baby and get outside to share life together. Wear her and put a kiss on her face. Wear her and nurse her. Wear her and dance! Wear her, get attached and mindfully free…
Dr. Aslıhan Onaran (Ph.D.)
JOIMOVE Parenting Consultant &Founder, Attachment Parenting API Turkey
For worldwide online coaching, please contact: DrOnaran@gmail.com
We take safety seriously and share our knowledge with you through our Joimove International School’s consultants team and programs on how to make dancing with your baby a beautiful and wonderful experience. We are proud to creating a positive impact on the world through dance and safe babywearing.
Ashley Montagu. Touching. New York: Harper and Row, 1986: 97-99. For more on attachment theory research covering more than sixty years of scientific findings, you may see: Ainsworth, M., & Bell, S. M. (1970). “Attachment, exploration, and separation.” Child Development, 49-67. Bowlby, J. (1958). The nature of the child’s ties to his mother. International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 350-371. Cassidy, J. Jones, Shaver. “Contributions of Attachment Theory and Research: A Framework for Future Research, Translation and Policy.” Development and Psychopathology 402 (2013): 1415-1434. Perry, B., & Dobson, C. (2010). The role of healthy relational interactions in buffering the impact of childhood trauma. E. Gil,Working with Children to Heal Interpersonal Trauma: The Power of Play. New York: Guilford Press. Siegel, D. (2012). The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are. New York: The Guilford Press.
Have you seen JOIMOVE Taipei Oovi at evening news? We are delighted to share the news from a very respected OBGYN (Obstetrics and Gynaecology), Yin Chang-Sheng from Taiwan. Yin Chang- Sheng says “Music and dance help adults to produce happy hormones generally refer to endorphin, serotonin, dopamine, and oxycontin. These happy hormones can be transferred from adults to the child by babywearing and dancing. It will help to lower your blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart problems but also develop skin to skin contact and attachment between you and your baby.”
Joimove Taipei’s Representative Diana Chendana says “Happy hormones increase even greater when we wear our babies and dance which helps us to become healthier but also it is a great way to boost our happiness.”
Testimonial: Joimove Babies Training
Certified Instructor and Joimove Lithuania’s Representative Ruta Lelyte Ambrozaitiene shared her thoughts about her Joimove Training. Enjoy!
“Even though, my dance teaching experience is more than a decade, I knew that babywearing dance requires some special knowledge and preparation…”
When I decided that I could give dance classes for parents and their babies in carriers, I started to look for any possible training in this field. Even though, my dance teaching experience is more than a decade, I knew that babywearing dance requires some special knowledge and preparation, because I am going to work with very sensitive group: new moms and babies. Therefore my aim was to get a full package of knowledge of active babywearing, new moms and babies safety and about other important issues which I may meet in my babywearing dance classes.
“I chose Joimove, and it was a much easier, time and money saver way.”
I was so surprised that there were not so many options babywearing dance training, actually, Joimove training was the only one which I found in Europe. So I had to decide if I go on my own as a professional dancer and teacher who experienced on dancing, therapy and babywearing or I can get everything I would need from Joimove team. And of course I chose Joimove, and it was a much easier, time and money saver way. Since then, I have never regret my decision.
“Live talks with Joimove’s founder Selen are an amazing opportunity”
I found, live talks with Joimove’s founder Selen are an amazing opportunity. Online training sessions are super comfortable option, when you are at home with your baby, and live talks become that essential part of training which supports you and fills in all gaps of all risen questions, doubts and considerations what to do next.
“At Joimove, I am always able to discuss any question…”
It is that service which opens me the best way to adapt all other services to my personal needs, because each country, city, class place and class participants has its own specificity and issues. At Joimove, I am always able to discuss any question which I have and get that support which helps me to continue and grow.
“I am very thankful for the on going support from Joimove team”
In my opinion, on going support from Joimove is like any other support which you may get in your life: you may take it or not. If you are open to take and use it, you will get even more benefits than you have expected. So I think that Joimove can give me more than I am ready to take. Therefore I am very thankful for the support which first of all is based on a humanly contact, understanding and inspiring.
“You may get more than just a necessary knowledge and a strong feeling that you are not alone!”
I would recommend Joimove training, because you may get more than just a necessary knowledge. You also get a human relationship, a strong feeling that you are not alone. Because Joimove opens you an understanding that simple dance may work as a strong tool when you want to create something valuable and change the world.
Vilnius, Kaunas / Lithuania
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Kristine, our Joimove Instructor from Glasgow South, has shared with us her thoughts on bringing Joimove to Doune the Rabbit Hole Music Festival, last week.
I hope this summer has been good to you 🙂 and offered you all you wished for!
For me, summer is all about blue skies, warming sunshine, enjoying lots of fresh air outside and of course time with my family. But one thing I also love about summer is that it’s Festival season. Every year, I try to go to at least one festival and this year was no exception. More than just being outside listening to amazing music, I love festivals because they’re a place where I can dance.
Never before I have been in festival in UK because thought about changing weather and never ending mud bath has always put me off. Here in Scotland you need to be ready for all seasons in one day – that is what they say when talking about weather. But, Doune the Rabbit Hole Music Festival in Stirlingshire, Scotland really got me motivated to try one out. It seemed like a cool fest to check out, not only because of the many bands, stalls and activities, but because I saw it as the perfect place to spread the joy of dancing. It’s a very family-oriented festival, -and they host Joimove last year as Dance with Babies and Toddlers-, so it just seemed like the best place to share the beauty of dancing together, and introducing everyone to Joimove.
With it being right at my doorstep, I thought “hey, I can bring my gear and it would be totally fun!” So I contacted the organisers and received a great welcome for the Joimove Family Dance workshop in their festival programme.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from having a workshop at the Doune the Rabbit Hole, but you know what, it was great fun! Although my class was on the third day of the festival (so people were probably sleep-deprived), there was plenty of energy. Although many parents weren’t quite as fresh as the kids (who had TONS of energy), there were plenty of happy smiling faces from both adults and kids. We danced salsa, rock’n’roll, ballet and all the usual styles you’d get at a typical Joimove class. It really was just like being in a regular wonderful Joimove class, only in a tent at a music festival.
Never been to a festival before? I can totally recommend it! It’s the perfect place to share the moment with your family and get a boogie on. Take the plunge, pack some wellies, your waterproofs, sunscreen, a few T-shirts, your dancing spirit and go! And your kids will love it to! Wherever you go, be a Joimover – dance and have fun together!
Certified Joimove Babies, Kids Instructor
“Joimove makes it to Taiwan!
We’re so excited to share with you that Joimove classes are now being held at the Oovi Family Activities Centre in Taipei.
The newly opened holistic parenting centre is a great place for parents to access classes, experts in baby-related fields and an excellent place for parents to build communities of friends.
Along with Joimove classes, led by Diana Chendana, Certified Joimove Instructor and owner of the Oovi Centre, parents can access pregnancy exercise classes, baby and toddler swim classes as well as baby and toddler yoga classes.
Diana Chendana says “I believe that through the classes we offer, parents are more energized. Oovi is a place where you can forget about other people’s expectations and just enjoy your baby, watching them learn and grow as they take in their world. It’s a safe place where you can just enjoy time with your baby”.
We’re so pleased that Joimove can be part of such a wonderful community project, and we wish everyone within the centre all the best.”
JOIMOVERS of Glasgow performed a Babywearing Family Dance Routine in Dance House Glasgow Community Stage at the Merchany City Festival 2016, MCF 2016.
This was Joimovers’ 3rd year at the Merchant City Festival where they shared their spirit of family dancing!
Glasgow Joimovers met with their babies, moms, grandmoms, friends at the Briggait, got ready their props and quickly practised the routine for the first time together. And right after they were off to the stage to have a great fun. Joimovers are non-rehearsal performers who are mostly non-dancers. They turn up at the day enjoy being dancing together and share their love of dancing with everyone.
Program at the Stage:
1pm – Introduction and welcome by Ailsa-Mary Gold
1.05pm – Dance House Glasgow Community Company
1.15pm – Overdrive
1.25pm – Jump
1.35pm – Dance House Glasgow Still Dancing
1.40pm – Ailsa-Mary little speech
1.50pm – Joimoves
2.00pm – Abinaya
2.10pm – Urbankis
2.20pm – Glasgow Capoeira
2. 30pm – Dance House Glasgow Community Company
2.40pm – Abinaya WORKSHOP
Istanbul Joimovers Babywearing Dance LIVE Show. Joimove Turkey’s Instructors and Moms danced with their babies. Zahide Yetis’le 2 August 2016 Show TV.
How to Adapt Narrow Based Baby Carrier to Dance
Not all baby carriers are created equal. It’s not that narrow based carriers are not safe; they all undergo rigorous testing before you buy them. It’s not even that many of them aren’t ergonomic for baby and wearer (though this should indeed be a factor when choosing a carrier or sling).
Rather, the issue is more about what you’re planning on doing while wearing your baby. Walking around town? No problem. As long as it is suitable for your baby’s age and size and ergonomically fitted well most carriers and slings are suitable for this type of activity. Going hill walking? Better think twice about wearing baby in a pouch. Think of the carrier like shoes, you wouldn’t wear heels to climb a mountain so why would you wear a baby in a pouch if you’re dancing?
Having a sling or carrier for all the different activities you could possibly undertake with your precious bundle really isn’t a manageable or realistic solution. More than just getting expensive, it can also mean having a rather large collection. So what can you do? You can adapt.
Adapting a sling or narrow based carrier isn’t ideal for all occasions and shouldn’t be seen as a substitute for buying an ergonomic and well fitting carrier for extended use. But, if you’re in a pinch, adapting your existing sling or carrier will help ensure you and baby are well supported to undertake active babywearing activities, like dancing.
Remember, it’s always best use an ergonomic baby carrier or sling. It offers the best support for baby’s hips, legs and joints, and sits in a comfortable position to protect not only baby’s head and neck and spine but also the wearers back, shoulders and core.
How to ADAPT a Narrow Based style carrier, to give maximum support to carer and baby …
1- put on your carrier and check the size adjustments are set correctly. (Straps should be pulled tightly and high enough so that you are able to kiss your baby on his/her head)
2- fold your aprox. 2 meter long scarf in half and
3- tuck the scarf in between carrier and your tummy from the middle
4- open the scarf and take each half to each side of your body
5- place your baby deep in the carrier facing you, support her bottom, legs and knees by the help of the scarf
6- tighten the scarf and gently lift baby’s knees. (Knees will become higher than her hipbones)
7- tuck the scarf in the side straps of your carrier
8 – knot on your back
BABYWEARING DANCE AND MEN
When you look at the world, there’s increasing gender equality. Where women were once the only caregivers to our youngest members of society, now, men are taking a real hands-on approach to fatherhood. Men see their roles as more than just the breadwinner, the masculine figure, the authoritarian. They see themselves as caregivers, devoted parents and loving.
This shift is very clearly reflected not only in terms of physical care but also with how men carry, cuddle, and hold their babies. There’s nothing more evident of this shift than the increasing number of babywearing men. Look down the street and you’re bound to find a man wearing a baby – maybe even two, or twenty depending on where you are. It’s a phenomenon that reflects men’s new role with their children.
Despite the number of men wearing their babies, and parenting in a more gentle way, the number of men who actively dance with their children doesn’t reflect the changes.
Is it because men feel less comfortable and confident with their own bodies in motion than women? Do they feel societal pressures against showing emotions, love and affection in public, particularly through the medium of movement and dance? Or is it simply that dance is still considered part of the “feminine” domain?
Whatever the reasons, let’s break the cycle. Babywearing dance isn’t just for mom and baby.
There are plenty of examples of men breaking the mold and taking the first dance step forward.
Let’s help the men in our lives – fathers, brothers, uncles, grandfathers and friends – cast out the fear, the negative feelings and societal stigmas they face when taking up babywearing dance. Let’s work to create safe environments for men to come to dance with their babies, whether at home, in a class or on the street.
Let’s encourage our men, and our children in turn, that dance is beautiful, fulfilling and soul refreshing. It’s a way to bring joy, happiness and love to each other.
Let’s break societal boundaries and help create a new world where dancing, babywearing dance and dancing as a family are the norm. Let’s create a world where everyone feels confident and comfortable to move to the beat of their love.
And we invite all men to join us in this world.
Dance is universal. Dance is beauty. Dance bridges souls. Dance is love.
There’s a dancing dads revolution taking place right now. Check out this wonderful video clip of dads dancing with their babies with GroovaRoo Dance in San Diego, California. To follow their dancing dad-volution, follow GroovaRoo Dance on Facebook and Instagram.
A few weeks ago, Ruta Leltye from Joimove in Lithuania, popped over to Glasgow to spend some time with our founder, Selen Yilmaz. She got the chance to interview Ruta and find out all about her and what makes her tick.
What’s your relationship to dancing?
I think I have dancing in the blood. From as young as 5 years old I was expressing myself through dance and movement, anywhere and everywhere. Not only was I dancing, but I would put on shows with people and props. I just loved it. My parents took it as a sign and I started ballet.
And was dance an important part of your life before you joined Joimove?
I graduated with a degree in psychology from university but dance was always an important part of my life, even during my studies.
Even aside from teaching dance, which I continued to do, I believe my educational trajectory was always guided by my love of dance. Not only did I go into psychology because I was fascinated by the human mind, the physical body and the soul, which are of course important to dance, but my Masters thesis focused on the need to understand the characteristics of successful professional dancers. Even after my Masters, with another change in direction, my focus was led, once again, by my love of psychology and dance, to the field of dance therapy.
Now that you’re a mom, how do you feel about dancing with your baby?
I just naturally do it! As a dancer, I guess the MAGIC of DANCE (as I like to call it) naturally overflowed in me when my baby was born, and I connected with my son in the language of my soul. And of course I still do it.
So you started running babywearing dance classes because you were dancing with your own baby?
Yes, I started classes, but the first thing I did was to research about babywearing, mothers, health and safety. Since moms and babies are a group with very particular needs, I wanted to make sure that whatever class I gave was beautiful, enjoyable and extraordinary, not dangerous and difficult. So, I looked for training courses since I didn’t want to re-invent the wheel. Luckily I found Joimove. It had exactly what I was looking for, and had the same outlook on dance as I had.
So you found Joimove. What did you think of the training? Was it what you were looking for?
To be honest I wanted to use more complex choreography routines, like the ones I was doing with my own baby. But, I know that not all mothers, fathers or carers have the same level of control over their body, or their baby, as I do as a dancer. So it was, of course, right that I learned the basics and was reminded to keep things a bit simpler and safe for everyone.
What was the biggest bit of knowledge you gained from the course?
The main benefit of the training for me was figuring out how to use my experience as a professional dancer for my new group of students – mothers and babies. They are certainly not like the students, children, professional dancers, schools and nurseries I’ve taught before, as they have very definite and varying needs. So, I had quite a learning curve. I had to figure everything out – from how to communicate through babywearing dance and how gentle I should be, to what I should focus on in my classes, through to what types of moves I should avoid.
But overall, no matter the dancer or their needs, I was reminded that the biggest thing to focus on in any class has to be on the need to build relationships and bonding through dance. I kept Joimove’s manifesto that dance is a tool for communication, not focus to get fit!
What about the difficulties of using baby carriers during dance?
Yes, that too was something I was unfamiliar with. I had to learn about carrier safety in dance, and that not all movements are suitable for babywearing dance even with ergonomically correct carriers.
I remember you were asking during your training about using different moves and approaches for self expression. Do you have a chance to use this practice in your classes?
I certainly do! I focus my classes on creating a two-way communication channel between parent and child, with baby as a partner, not subordinate. Using specific routines and movements that help parents raise specific emotions, we create powerful connections between dancer, babies and the other participants.
Yes, not just between dancer and partner, but with everyone around as well. We are all sharing this powerful tool together! It’s important to see that dance is more than just ourselves, it’s a way to elicit emotions, and a communication tool for babies who cannot yet speak. But, it’s a communication method that stay with them for the rest of their lives, not just that moment.
So in my classes we create a positive atmosphere where we enjoy movements and create a practice that can be done throughout our own, and our babies’ lives.
What are your plans for the next year in Joimove Lithuania?
What I’d really like to do is to connect with more babywearing and Attachment Parenting communities in Lithuania so I can share the benefits of babywearing dance. I want to spread the message about babywearing dance far and wide, to help people connect and communicate with their babies and children. I want to help create sustainable happiness in our family units by the help of Joimove International.
And I’m so excited for the upcoming International Babywearing Dance Day on 21st September 2016. It’s the perfect vehicle to do this. I don’t see Joimove as a way to make a difference only now, I see it as a way to affect change for future generations. I don’t believe what I’m doing is about making our babies into dancers, I believe it’s about building self-confidence and raising our children to be positive individuals. And that’s what I’m wanting to focus on for the coming year.
I’m so proud to represent Joimove in Lithuania and am very excited and happy to be part of this amazing International community and JISBD! Thank you so much!
4 Reasons Why Babywearing Dance Is Here To Stay
Babywearing dance may be a relatively new phenomenon, but we’re certain that it’s something that’s only going to grow in popularity.
Take a look online, on TV, in magazines and in your neighbourhoods, you’ll find it becoming more and more common. From viral videos to flash-mobs to local classes, everyone’s doing it. It’s the easy, fun, active and joyful way to bond with baby.
Here are our four reasons why we think babywearing dance is here to stay:
We all dance
We all do it, whether wearing baby or not. We tap our toes, swing our hips and move about rhythmically when we hear music. Sometimes we do it consciously, but most often, we do it without realising it. Music moves us.
The same thing happens when you’re wearing your baby. You’ll probably find you consciously or unconsciously hold your baby’s hands, gently kiss their head, wrap your arms around them for deep cuddles, sway your body, tap your toes or shuffle about when you hear music. Dancing, movement and rhythm are part of us and we pass it on to our little one.
Maybe you do it to help calm a stressful moment with your baby, or you do it to play and engage with them, either way you’re connecting, caring and reinforcing attachment with your baby.
No extra equipment needed
You don’t need to buy any extra equipment to enjoy dancing with your baby. If you can pick up your baby or carry them in a sling or carrier, you’ve got everything you need to enjoy the physical closeness and joyful communication that is dancing.
It’s important to remember, however, that no matter what way you enjoy dancing with your baby, safety has to come first. From making sure your baby’s head and neck are fully supported at all times to remembering the of babywearing, safety first.
You’re important too. Don’t over exert, watch your back, and if you’re dancing with a carrier or sling, remember to choose the right size and type suitable for your activities so you can prevent lower back pain as well as shoulder or neck injuries.
It’s good for us
Babywearing dance has benefits for both wearer and baby that span the physical body and the soul. Keeping active, no matter how you do it, gives you confidence, plenty of endorphins and can help boost self–esteem, not to mention keeping you fit.
For baby, what’s better than introducing them to music, rhythm and movement through a loving dance? Family health professionals, paediatricians, physiotherapist, psychologists and babywearing experts alike all know that there are plenty of benefits for baby; from helping to sooth colic, and create better sleep, it also solidifies connections between wearer and baby, creating joyful parenting moments and a nurturing touch.
It’s important however that you never see babywearing dance as means to “losing baby weight” or calorie burning. If you only treat wearing your baby as extra weight for a cardio session or practice fast and bouncy movements, you could be putting both you and your baby at risk of overheating, overstimulation, and in extreme situations, shaken baby syndrome. So, to keep safe, remember that baby is the main focus of your dance so keep it slow, gentle and smooth; not fast, bouncy and extreme.
Babies learn from what they see, so if they see you being safe, active and happy, they’ll mimic your good moves. Wear your baby comfortably and safely, practice smooth and gentle moves with a low level of music, keep your heart open and receptive and you’ll find lasting joy for both of you!
International Babywearing Dance Day
With the first International day recognising babywearing dance scheduled for 21 September 2016, you know it’s no fad!
The number of babywearing dance practitioners is growing every day. With the help of JISBD and all of our wonderful Joimovers, we can increase the reach of this joyful practice, ensuring it reaches more hearts and souls, creating a happier, healthier world.
What do you think, are there other signs babywearing dance is here to stay? What would your top four reasons be?
After introductory emails and a few chats, it became apparent to Selen that Meeshi Ravi Anjali, co-founder of GroovaRoo Dance in San Diego California, and Intan Armelia, our recent JISBD student and founder of Cool Mumz Dancin in Singapore, had very similar ideologies and thoughts about babywearing dance.
So, in just three weeks, after online meetings and discussions (which is no easy feat between three countries and countless time zones), the three founders decided to hold the first ever global babywearing dance event.
More than just independent events in three locations, their vision was to hold flashmobs worldwide during the weekend of 21st and 22nd May. And that’s exactly what happened.
“Love is This”, a collaboratively created routine, brought together over 1000 families in the USA, Singapore, Turkey, Lithuania and Scotland to dance and share their love of babywearing dance.
Selen Yilmaz said of the event that “It was wonderful to see and hear of the excellent turn out for our inspirational event. All of us who collaborated believe that dancing with children is a fundamental way to grow happiness within the family unit. We feel that dance not only helps to build happier, more confident and caring children, but is a building block to help families create lasting relationships and esteem, through being active. That’s why we wanted to inspire our communities to take part and get to know the beauty that is babywearing dance.”
She continued by saying “More than just a dance routine, we also wanted to showcase the power of collaboration in creating community cohesion. Working together, we were able to show how babywearing dance transcends the boundaries of geography, it’s universal.”
Although used for the initial global flashmob event, “Love is This” was conceived as an introduction to the First International Babywearing Dance Day (IBDD), scheduled for Wednesday 21 September 2016.
Selen said she believes that they’ve only scratched the surface of the number of people who could benefit from and enjoy babywearing dance, and she hopes to find more people taking part in September for IBDD.
So, here’s to bringing increased happiness and joy across cultural and generational divides.
Will we see you in September for IBDD? We’ll be looking out for you!
Vicky Anderson, organising the upcoming Scottish Babywearing Convention in Rutherglen on 14th May, took some time from her busy schedule to speak with our founder, Selen Yilmaz, about the benefits of babywearing dance, babywearing dance safety and ways we can enjoy it without worrying. Check out what Selen had to say:
Why babywearing dance?
Babies, despite their lack of language, use early forms of communication to show their emotions. Music and movement are definitely gateways to their communication. Not only does dancing and moving create an amazing connection between baby and wearer, but it also helps them to explore their environment from eye level. And this exploration doesn’t just start when they’re born. They explore, communicate and learn from their environment from the womb and continue to discover new moves, expressions, and reactions to sounds and objects all the time. You can see it in very young babies who wriggle, giggle and dance to music even before they can speak. And they take a delight in it even more when grown-ups, their siblings and other children take part too.
What happens when you dance with baby?
There are two things. Firstly, taking the time to dance with your baby creates a powerful connection with them. It’s a natural and wonderful way to communicate love, stability and comfort. The second thing that dancing does is that it helps to improve your baby’s coordination, balance, and strength. It’s also an easy way to help to boost your baby’s self-esteem, happiness, and encourage you to both be active. All of this doesn’t require fancy footwork or moves. Even the most basic moves have a positive effect.
I get why dance is important and why you should dance with your baby, by why should it be babywearing dance specifically?
As you know, babywearing not only makes some tasks easier by freeing up our hands, but it also helps to promote attachment parenting and bonding. For us at Joimove, we never see the goal of dancing, moving or exercising while babywearing as means to burn more calories (even if it often feels like it with baby’s extra weight). Rather, we see the babywearing part of the activity as a means to create a strong bond between wearer and child. And, using an
ergonomically designed type of carrier helps maintain a correct posture and fully support baby as she cuddles and grows, which is very difficult if you’re holding your baby in your arms.
Is there anything that people should be careful about while babywearing and dancing?
During pregnancy the growing uterus causes one’s centre of gravity to move forward. This can lead to tightness of the muscles of the lower back, hip flexors, and pain in the back of the neck due to the head’s position. New mothers can also experience sore necks and shoulders from their breastfeeding position and lower back pain from rocking, bouncing, and holding their babies. It’s important to remember that even when babywearing movement and dancing involves low impact movements, you really should listen to your body. Know your physical limits while wearing your baby and keep to a gentle level of exercise with minimal exertion. Lastly, remember to take short breaks as needed, to prevent tiredness and dehydration.
How important is it to use the right baby carrier or sling while dancing with your baby?
Unfortunately, not all slings and carriers are suitable for babywearing dance and don’t offer the support needed for active babywearing. The most important thing to remember is that younger babies need head and neck support at all times while dancing.
So, when choosing a baby carrier or sling, keep these things in mind:
- Narrow-based carriers, even if properly supported with a scarf hack, don’t provide the required neck support
- Some buckle carriers or meiteis may be too big, wide or not adjustable for your baby’s size
- Wraps need to be wrapped tightly enough to provide the needed head and neck support
- Carriers that have been designed and worn ergonomically and correctly also prevent lower back pain and help the wearer achieve a comfortable, straighter stance and better posture.
So overall, its best to remember that to achieve an ergonomically correct position, it is vital to use the right-sized carrier for the baby’s build, weight, and age as well as the wearer’s body shape and health. Otherwise, you’ll need to use your hands and arms to give baby a comfortable, safe, and supportive snuggle while dancing.
What other rules should you remember when babywearing and dancing?
Really, the general babywearing T.I.C.K.S. , PEACE and SAFE guidelines are the biggest thing to remember. Carrying very young babies can be a wonderful and meaningful bonding experience for both the carer and baby, so we advocate always using an ergonomically correct and comfortable carrier to support both baby and wearer. Safety is paramount!
What about front-facing carriers?
We know there are plenty of advocates for babies being kept in front-facing carriers so they can enjoy facing out and observing interactions from this position. While its true that babies love to discover and experience new things, we don’t recommend carrying babies facing outwards under 1 years old. Not only because front-facing carrying doesn’t support a baby’s posture ergonomically, but it also makes it difficult to monitor your baby. Babies can often be overstimulated, both with their environment as well as the way in which they are carried. So really, we believe young babies should only be carried facing in. Not only because front-facing carrying may be uncomfortable for baby but also as the person carrying the baby, it can shift your body weight forward, putting pressure on your back, hips, and knees which may cause lower back pain, joint problems and injuries.
Any last things to remember when choosing the right baby carrier/sling for dancing?
Get what’s right for you and your baby! If you do, you’ll find you have the freedom to move and dance and really enjoy yourself. Stay upright, and remember, if your favourite carrier or sling doesn’t quite work for faster movements and dance steps, you can always give baby additional support with your arms and hands. But overall, remember the babywearing T.I.C.K.S., and babywearing dance safety guidelines PEACE and SAFE.
How does Joimove feature in helping people learn about babywearing dance and babywearing dance safety?
As you know, we’re an International community that works to create a positive influence on the world by connecting people of all ages through dance and movement. Babywearing and toddlerwearing is one of the vehicles we use to connect with babies and children. More than just our local classes, we also have our Joimove International School (JIS). Developed by dance, health, and babywearing professionals to provide clear guidelines and formal guidance in safe babywearning dance and movement, they are easy and straightforward courses perfect for gaining confidence and skills to safely wear, move and dance with a baby in a carrier or sling.
Babywearing dance is a fun and exciting thing to do with your baby and hopefully we’ve inspired more people to take it up and take advantage of our training so they can be safe, skilled and confident!
Our New School!
We are so excited to be able to finally announce that we have launched the Babywearing Dance and Movement Safety Programmes at Joimove International School!!! After 9 months of collaborating with dance, fitness, early years, academic, and health professionals, we have developed two training and certification programmes that offer a new approach for babywearers, babywearing dance and fitness instructors, and individuals who work in the babywearing and parenting fields around the world.
We have created Babywearing Dance and Movement Safety training programme at our Joimove International School in response to the growing popularity of babywearing fitness and dance classes now available to parents with babies and young children. We want all individuals who work with babywearing parents and who participate in active babywearing to have access to quality training and information that has been developed and tested by dance, health, and babywearing professionals. Through our new school, Joimove International is now in a position to invite babywearers, parents, children, and professionals to train and stay safe and active.
So what’s in our exciting programme, you ask. The first step is to take our Principles of Babywearing Dance & Movement module. This course welcomes everyone to the acts of babywearing and babywearing dance and movement. It provides a survey of information on the benefits of babywearing and babywearing dance and movement and detailed health and safety information to help individuals wear and dance safely with a baby in a carrier or sling. It provides a refresher on babywearing and sling safety to experienced babywearers and contiuously applies this safety knowledge to active living, dance, and movement while babywearing. The course can be undertaken online or at one of our live trainings.
We would also like to say thanks to all of our inquirers who have been waiting for our big launch! We are very happy to announce that our much-anticipated first online class, Principles of Babywearing Dance & Movement, will begin on 1 April 2016!
After successfully completing the Principles of Babywearing Dance & Movement certificate, you can move on and train to become a certified Babywearing Dance Facilitator. Participants further develop their skills and knowledge about safely moving and dancing while babywearing and gain the skills needed to instruct others in babywearing dance and movement classes, sessions, and workshops. They are also introduced to teaching pedagogy and positive communication that will help build their confidence as instructors and strengthen their ability to reach a wider range of students.
Great news – you don’t have to wait until April to sign up! Our training modules are suitable for those who are new to babywearing, babywearing peer supporters and professionals, dance and fitness instructors, new and expecting parents, health and wellness professionals, and those who want to make a change in their lives and their communities. Contact us today to receive your own course enrolment pack that contains detailed information about our certification and training programmes and everything you need to register to be part of JIS’s first class! Sign up online or email email@example.com and become a part of this ground-breaking movement in safe, active babywearing. Let’s work together to set new standards in safety and training!
Going to a #babywearing dance, exercise class with your baby or leading your own active session? Here’s some things to keep in mind to be safe and have fun! Find more about babywearing dance health and safety via Joimove International School!
Active Lifestyle Babywearing Guidelines by Joimove International.
Michelle Anderson, Dance with Babies East Dunbartonshire Instructor run morning meet-up for families. Everybody danced, singed, have snacks and cahts with their children and friends.
Dance with Babies is the fruit of dancing, childhood, parenthood, innocence, beauty, joy, sharing, and embracing others.
May 2012. When I am 10 days due, with my husband, I am at the Andante Magazine’s Donizetti Classical Music Awards Ceremony as a member of the Ballet Jury. At home, all of our stuff is packed, our families are baffled with both the excitement of Lydia’s imminent arrival and the heartache of our leaving.
Doguma 10 gun kala, tum esyalarimiz toplanmis, ailemiz Lydia’nin dogumunun heyecani bizim gidiyor olmamizin uzuntusu ile ne diyeceklerini bilemez halde…
Ben her gun dans ediyorum. Dogum dansi, tasinma dansi, heyacanlaniyorum dansi, ne yapacagimi sasirdim dansi wink emoticon
Dans derslerimi ozluyorum ama Lydia’mi birakmak istemiyorum. Her yeri, tum dersleri arastirdim kimse bebekli katilim fikrine sicak bakmiyor…
Glasgow’u ilk geldigim gunden beri cok seviyorum. Her zaman konusacak biri var, herkes gulumsuyor hayati birarada, keyifle yasamayi seviyorlar. Ben bir yandan Sanat Yonetimi uzerine yuksek lisans yapiyorum. Haziran’da tez sunumum var. Lydia kucagimda, her gun kutuphanedeyiz. Gunde 2-3 saat uyuyor.. iste o arada artik ne yazarsam, bir stres, bir telas gunler gecip gidiyor…
Oyle bir ses var ki icimde bana surekli soruyor: “Bu hayatta benim icin en onemli sey nedir? Dunyaya bakinca nedir degistirmek istedigim? Nasil bir katkim olabilir daha iyi bir gelecege?
Lydia’mi, Ozgur’umu, annemi gormek icin sabirsizlandigim, 7 gunluk ozlemi 7 aymis gibi hissettigim seminer sona erdi. Sorularimin cevabini buldum!
Dance with Toddlers egitmenleri bu harika duyguyu paylasmaya ve daha cok aileye ulastirmaya devam ediyorlar.
This special 5th edition is created by Scottish Ballet with fun and celebration at its heart, as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme of the XX Commonwealth Games. Dance with Babies is took part in the Big Dance Pledge in 2014 at Emirates Arena Glasgow and helping to raise money in aid of UNICEF and the Foundation for Community Dance.