Moms and dads of little babies, you all wait so eagerly for your baby to hit his various cognitive and physical milestones. That first smile, the first roll, and the first time your baby stands on his own are just some of these.
What if you came across someone who brought forward a significant milestone by at least a few months?
Say hello to the Baby Whisperer from Iceland!
Snorri Magnusson is a development therapist who runs a three-month course for babies, and promises to have little ones as young as 3-4 months old standing on their own by the end of it.
This milestone comes a whole six months earlier than when most other babies around the world achieve it.
Image from YouTube.
Magnusson claims that most babies around 3.5 months old in his course can stand unaided for at least 15 seconds by the end of the lessons.
“The parents are always very surprised, really surprised by what their babies are able to do,” he mentioned to Newshub.
The one-hour lessons are conducted twice a week and take place in a swimming pool in Reykjavik. Magnusson claims that these tiny babies are able to stand like this because of one thing: a strong back. “Because when there is strength in the spine and the upper body you can do whatever,” he says.
The “Baby Whisperer’s” classes start with a warm-up where little ones – safe in the pool with their moms and dads – are encouraged to reach out and grab objects.
Next, the infants are helped to somersault on a floating mattress, following which Magnusson raises them up on one hand where he claims they are able to stand without help.
He also says that along with this training, other developmental milestones such as talking, also happen faster.
He added: “I am not here teaching babies how to swim. I am working with their motor development, working with their balance.
“That is the foundation of my work. I am not teaching them how to swim.”
Magnusson has been working with babies in the water for thirty years and his work has reportedly attracted attention from the scientific community as well.
Hermundur Sigmundsson, an Icelandic professor of neuropsychology, believes that this ‘training’ helps babies’ neural connections to form early, which in turn, speeds up the babies’ overall development. He said: “Forming neural connections at an earlier age means babies can do things earlier than we previously thought.”
Parents, a word of caution – please do NOT try to do this with your baby. Remember that Magnusson has decades of experience in his field.
Watch the amazing video below:
This article was originally published on theAsianparent Singapore
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