Meet GymboFams Ambassador Theresa

My name is Theresa & I am the mother of a talented 11.5 year old girl named Ava & 7.5 month Girl/Boy Twins Aria/ Ace. I’m so happy to be back and Gymboree Play & Music!

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We love the music, songs and dances. I find it important to develop fine motor skills and to interact with your children daily. This not only helps them emotionally but also helps with connecting/bonding with your children.

The babies can’t get enough of the colors and activities. I’m soooo excited to be a GymboFams Ambassador and to share all the awesome things we’re doing. I’m also a working mother and I love pureeing the babies food.

You can follow Theresa at: https://www.instagram.com/triple_aaa18/

We’re Thankful for the Little Things in Life

By Lauren O’Brien

It’s November, the season of giving and reflecting on what we are thankful for in our lives. Here at Gymboree Play & Music, we want to highlight the small luxuries in life that parents are thankful for… you know, the things we didn’t realize were luxuries until we had our wonderful, beautiful children (who we love!)…

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        And, the most important thanks of all…

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WE’RE THANKFUL FOR OUR GYMBO FAMILIES! 

EVERY DAY WE GET TO CELEBRATE MILESTONES AND BUILD CONFIDENT LEARNERS!

Our Hearts Are With Thousand Oaks #TOStrong

Our hearts go out to all the families affected by the Camp, Woolsey and Hill Fires and particularly to the Thousand Oaks community. Our Gymboree Play & Music locations in Thousand OaksEncino and Westside Pavilion (Los Angeles) are open and are supporting families in the area by providing Free Open Gym play.

Please check our website for times. If you’d like help provide relief, you can donate to this local Ventura Country organization: https://vccf.org/ #CaliforniaFires #TOStrong

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Indiana Gymboree Play & Music Hosts Local Sleep Safe Event For Parents

WRTV6 & Fox59 stopped by the Gymboree Play & Music, Greenwood location on November 6th for the Sleep Safety event they hosted.

Riley Hospital recommends following the ABC’s of safe sleep.

  • A – Alone: That means no blankets, toys, pillow or parents in the bed with baby. Pacifiers are okay, but only if they’re plain with no attachments.
    Riley experts say the clips that attach to baby’s shirts or stuffed animals attached to a pacifier can cause accidental suffocation. So, it’s best to just have a plain one with your baby.
    While they recommend parents not sleep with baby, they do say the baby should sleep in the same room as the parents. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, room sharing decreased the risk of SIDS by nearly 50%.
  • B – Back: They recommend laying baby on his or her back when they go to sleep. Statistics show infants have a higher risk of dying from SIDS if they sleep on their stomachs.
  • C – Crib: Your baby should be sleeping on a flat surface. They recommend a crib, bassinet or pack and play.

Riley and the Ronald McDonald House want to make sure no parent loses their child because of unsafe sleep, so they’re holding a safe sleep class to educate parents. – You can read about safe sleep here.

“There are a lot of things that parents may have questions about,” says Casie Smith with Gymboree Play & Music in Greenwood. “As a new parent, nobody really tells you all of these things, so you’re learning all of these things all at once which is terrifying.”

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Gymboree Play & Music, Greenwood is all about community and support and we hope we can be that for you and your family. Through events like this, we hope to partner more with the community so parents have access to resources they need to be the best parents possible.

Meet GymboFams Ambassador Nicolette

My name is Nicolette and my boyfriend is Cosimo, together we have a beautiful baby girl named Valentina. When I was a child I went to Gymboree Play & Music from the time I was about 6 months old. I loved Gymboree Play & Music and remember it as some of the best childhood memories I ever had.

I wanted my daughter to have the same experiences as I did, so we started bringing her around 6 months old.  The most special part of bringing Valentina is that she has the same amazing teachers that I did.

Our Gymboree Play & Music teachers are the most nurturing and caring women I have ever met.Gymboree Play & Music has become a second home to us, and I am forever grateful ♥️

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You can follow Nicolette at: https://www.instagram.com/valentinaguardavaccaro/

 

Finger Paint A Fall Tree

Relish the season by creating a super easy work of art! Grab some Fall paint shades like red, orange, brown and yellow and let your kids create their own colorful tree with their own fingers.

Educational Element: Painting stimulates your child’s senses and encourages cognitive development. 

Hang the finished work of art on the fridge or have your kids sign their names and give to grandma or grandpa!

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Meet GymboFams Ambassador Tihon

Hi! My name is Tihon and I’m mom to two amazing kids. My oldest is 9 and I wish I had found Gymboree Play & Music when she was younger. I’ve been taking my youngest since he was 7 months old and we’ve loved it since day one!

 

Little Donnie loves playing and exploring. I love having a fun and kid-friendly place to bring him where he gets to interact with other children and develop amazing social skills. Donnie has made friends and we absolutely adore Ms. Nathaly and the rest of the Gymboree Play & Music staff. Donnie is now walking at just 11 months old and our Gymbo Fam has been there to see it all!

 

You can follow Tihon at:

https://www.instagram.com/itsmetihon/

 

Laughter and Early Childhood Development…+ Giggle Tips!

By: Lauren O’Brien

Nothing fills our hearts more than our child’s giggles. But, did you know that laughter and having a sense of humor plays an important role in developing self-esteem, learning to problem solve, and honing social skills?

To develop that sense of humor in our children, we have to have a good sense of humor too! And, it’s easy! You wouldn’t know it, but silly things like poking fun of yourself when you spill milk sends a message that it’s ok to make mistakes — and it’s ok to laugh at those mistakes. If you can laugh when you make a mistake, it also demonstrates that you can accept imperfection. This makes the idea of getting up and trying again less intimidating for your little one, and more likely that they’ll keep trying if it’s ok to fail. And, as you know, we encourage failure because that sparks learning!

Kids also provide plenty of opportunities for laughter (sometimes unknowingly!). It’s important to encourage that and be the best audience possible by responding to their attempt at humor. You may not think it’s hilarious to bang into the wall but, hey, if that makes them squeal with laughter, run with it (or into it!).

So, let’s encourage those funny faces and  sounds…and bust out some jokes. Let’s face it, your children will only think you’re hilarious for so long! 

Here are some of our favorite ways to get those giggles going in our little ones:

Infant

  • Funny faces: Open your eyes wide, puff out your cheeks, stick out your tongue. At first your child’s laughter will be in response to you, but they will eventually try to copy you.
  • Surprise game: Change your facial expression every time you say “Boo!”. After about 4 months, babies love the element of surprise!
  • Silly sounds: Make up your own or copy your child’s noises while smiling and laughing to reinforce that the behavior is funny.
  • Playful songs: This Little Piggy with tickles and song always gets a laugh. There’s also The Happy Song — scientifically written and designed to make babies laugh!

Toddler

  • Surprise tickles: Raspberries on the tummy never get old!
  • Funny rhymes: “See ya later, Alligator!” “Give me a hug, ladybug!”  “Out the door, dinosaur!”
  • The unexpected funny: Pick up their foot and pretend to make a silly phone call. Put a bowl on your head and say it’s a hat.
  • Silly songs: I Like to Eat (who eats ay-ples and ba-nay-nays…that’s silly!), The Hokey Pokey (silly dancing and body movements always get a giggle), Slippery Fish (using funny voices makes this one a real toddler-pleaser)

Preschool

  • Goofy voices: While reading to your child, change voices for each character. The sillier the voice, the better!
  • Silly songs: An old time favorite is Slippery Fish! Any song with silly voices and hand movements (maybe even some tickles) always gets laughs.
  • Crazy dress up: Encourage your child to put on your clothes and pretend to put on theirs — they’ll think it’s hilarious that you even try to fit into their clothes.
  • Funny food: Make your child’s food funny, such as smiley face pancakes! Or get a giggle by turning your sandwich into a talking mouth!
  • Cracking Jokes: One of our favorites is “What comes before part B? Part-AY!”

Meet GymboFams Ambassador Tess

Hello! My name is Tess Kossow, my husband’s name is Dan, and our son’s name is Ferris. He is our one and only child, as he is a rainbow baby conceived via IVF. Ferris is my every heartbeat, and I want him involved and to explore the world every chance he can get. Ferris and I joined Gymboree Play & Music Baby Lab when he was 8 weeks old, and we have been going to classes, now at two different locations, ever since.

I love to see how Ferris progresses week by week with all the different activities and socialization skills that come into play through the different experiences at Gymboree Play & Music . The interaction with other caretakers and babies is what makes this time so special for the two of us (three when Dan or Grandma can make it). We even have several of theGymboree Play & Music toys (and bubbles) at home in Ferris’ playroom to keep the fun going even after class is over!

Seeing my son smile and bond with others makes me smile but having the one-on-one time doing 45 minutes of play and music geared around his wants and needs is a time that I absolutely cherish. I look forward to sharing these moments with others and encouraging families of all sizes and stories to highly considerGymboree Play & Music for their little one.

You can Follow Tess at:
https://www.instagram.com/beautybabyboss/
http://www.beautybabyboss.com/