The transition from the consistent warmth of the womb to an uncertain environment of the outerworld can be very jarring for your vulnerable newborn. By doing your best to recreate your newborn baby’s experience in utero (the “continuum concept”), you can help foster a greater feeling of safety and relaxation for your baby.
How do we do that? It’s simple. Keep. Them. Close.
Whether you hold your baby in arms or wear your baby in a wrap or carrier, by keeping baby close, you facilitate bonding with baby through eye contact, vocal cues, skin-to-skin warmth, heart-to-heart connection, and synchronized, rhythmic movements. This bonding practice can be done by the mother, father or any consistent caregiver.
Most hospitals today adopt the accepted practice of Kangaroo Care for premature babies. Babywearing is a natural extension of this, strengthening attunement between you and baby. When dancing with your newborn, it’s important to keep your movements simple, gentle and relaxed, focusing more on your presence and your connection than choreography. As we like to say in our GroovaRoo classes, “Your baby doesn’t care how you dance, just how you FEEL when you dance”. Be calm and peaceful when you dance, and in turn, your baby will also feel calm and peaceful
Click below to hear a welcome and introduction to GroovaRoo dance from founders Meshi and Amber Anjali
Welcome to GroovaRoo Dance
GroovaRoo dance is suitable for babies once they have had their 6/8 week check, and you will need to have a wide based carrier or sling. Please do not use a ring sling as this is not suitable for these classes. If you have any concerns over your carrier please do get in touch and we can discuss this further.
What can you expect from a GroovaRoo class?
At the start of every session you are welcomed into the circle, we will set our intentions to our babies as well as a few quick stretches. We will then have our warm-up dance before getting to know our dance buddies.
In each class we will learn 2 dances before finishing off with a cool down dance.
At the end of the session there will be an opportunity to meet and connect with other caregivers over a cup of tea and piece of cake and/or biscuits.
Why not come and give it a go. No need to wait for the start of the next term, you can join us at any point as we learn new dances all the time.
If your not sure you will like it, why not book a one-off session for £8.
There are various levels of dances from beginner to intermediate, and these will develop as we work our way through various terms. If co-ordination is not your thing, don't worry! It is not about getting the choreography correct but more about connecting with your baby and enjoying yourself.
If you would like to see examples of what sort of dances you will be learning take a look at the links below, for more please take a look at the GroovaRoo Youtube page;
I just Wanna Fly