The last time I put Veronika on a beach ball, she was only about three months old, and the goal was to strengthen her core muscles.
Today’s time on the ball was for a slightly different purpose, more about learning where her body is in space.
Say what? This is a funny concept for grown-ups; of course you know where your hands and feet and limbs are! But it’s all new to babies, and at six months old, they still have to look at their hands to know where those hands are and where to put them. Moving around on a ball will help strengthen spacial awareness. And of course the sooner baby knows where his or her hands are, the sooner he or she can reach out to grab things like toys or oh, all those yummy bites of food they’re old enough for now!
Today’s activity was simple then. I put Veronika on a ball, holding her firmly around the middle, and rocked her back and forth.
And side to side.
She seemed a little surprised at times, but soon warmed up with big smiles.
If you don’t have a beach ball, try a yoga stability ball, or even a big sibling’s toy ball hopper.