Fun at The Little Gym

Kamden’s first summer has been full of adventure and new experiences … and it’s just the second week of June! Two weeks ago, we attended a complimentary class at The Little Gym in Burleson. I was skeptical at first, being Kamden is just five (almost six) months old, but I soon realized its benefits, especially physically and developmentally, not to mention socially for both of us.

At The Little Gym, children are divided into groups according to age. Kamden and his classmates (four to 10 months) are called Bugs. Our weekly parent/child classes incorporate the three dimensions of learning found in all levels of classes at The Little Gym::

  • GET MOVING — Increased physical strength and muscle control, fine and gross motor skill development, coordination, and balance
  • BRAIN BOOST — Spatial and perceptual awareness, introduction to colors, language development and self-expression, knowledge of letters and numbers, and initial problem solving
  • CITIZEN KID — Developing independence and feeling comfortable away from parents, early socialization, sharing and taking turns, accepting new environments, following directions, and cooperating with others

Let’s be honest, friends, my child’s balance and coordination is solely based on the direction and momentum of his gut. The kid is a chunk. But hey, he’s built like an ox and I’m sure will be starting linebacker for the Alabama Crimson Tide one of these days. As far as feeling comfortable away from his parents, he’s pretty socially content as long as he has food and sleep. If you feed him when he’s hungry or let him snooze when he’s tired, he’s your best friend forever. Kamden is many things, malnourished is not one of them.

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For the record: my child does NOT have a unibrow. I know it looks like he does, but his eyebrows match perfectly to a crease at the bottom of his forehead. Poor kid. I guess we’ll have to start calling him Uni.

Yesterday (Wednesday) was the first day of class at The Little Gym for the summer semester. I made the executive decision to enroll Kamden in the 10-week program for several reasons:

  • I want him to socialize with children his own age.
  • I want to socialize with adults.
  • I want him to be comfortable in new and different places and environments.
  • I want to get out of the house.
  • It’s the perfect opportunity to learn skills and activities we can repeat at home.
  • The class time is perfectly between feedings, which means he crashes for a long nap afterwards.
  • I can take a nap afterwards.

I asked Jamie (daughter of a friend but more like a niece) to tag-along with Kamden and I so I could take pictures of him in action during his first official day as a ‘Bug.’ Who can resist spending time with Kamden? C’mon, that smile and those fat rolls?! During class, Bugs “explored” different areas of the gym. Kamden is a fan of the inclined mats and the donut. He’d probably eat a donut if you put it in front of him. At circle time, Bugs and their Mamas (or Kamden and Jamie) played with bright-colored scarfs, sang songs, and performed strength exercises. Kamden’s form in the butterfly chest press is spot on.

Kamden Jamie Collage

To encourage Bugs to get out of their comfort zone, they do assisted flips. Kamden is pretty good at touching the mat as it approaches his face and tucking his head, but he really enjoys sticking the landing. He will lie there as long as you will let him!

Will y’all leave me alone so I can take a nap?

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Bugs are no where near being ready to perform gymnastic routines, obviously, but the equipment is available for older students and it’s a great way for infants to work on gripping objects and building muscle strength. Kamden held on to the bar but got distracted by the pretty girls next to him. They are twice his age but half is size. Oy!

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Another muscle-building activity for infants involves a stick. Simple, right?! I’ve done a similar exercise with Kamden at home using a large wooden spoon. He grabs on to it, as do I, and will pull himself up into a sitting position. Viola, that’s my strong and chunky boy working his core muscles like a champ!

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At the conclusion of class, which includes more circle time as a group playing with balls or blocks and singing, the teacher walks and blows bubbles. Kamden loves bubbles.

Kamden Collage

MILESTONE CELEBRATION: It was during this class that Kamden began sitting UNASSISTED on the big red mat. We were sitting on the floor, he was impressed with the purple ball, and I was suddenly aware that he was not leaning against my leg anymore. I’m one proud Mama!

I am new to The Little Gym and did not realize, until now, the variety of classes and programs available to children up to age 12. There are even summer camps and weekend specials. For locations in your area and specific details on classes, visit The Little Gym’s website and ‘like’ them on Facebook. And if you are in the Burleson area and want to see a room full of cutie-patooties, join Kamden and his fellow Bugs every Wednesday at 12:30!

You’re all invited to his ‘graduation’ in August when he moves up to the Birds (10-20 months) class. I just know my child is going to rock this semester and pass with flying colors. 🙂

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  1. pmoppins June 12, 2014 at 7:06 am - Reply

    So cute. We participated in something similar called “Musikgarten” and it is such a wonderful thing for kids and adults. Looks like you both had a blast!

    • Nicole June 12, 2014 at 7:07 am - Reply

      We definitely enjoyed it and look forward to the rest of the semester …. plus is wears Kamden out and he takes an extra-extra long afternoon nap. HA!!!!!

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  2. Ruthie Hart (@ruthiehart1) June 12, 2014 at 7:07 am - Reply

    Oh my gosh Ford would love this!! It looks like a blast for baby and mommy!

    • Nicole June 12, 2014 at 7:10 am - Reply

      Ruthie, DEFINITELY. Visit ( http://www.thelittlegym.com/Pages/LocatorResult.aspx ) to find a location near you. Ford would be the star of his BUG class!!!!!!!!! p.s. It’s not just for babies and mommies though. There is a stay-at-home dad that participates at our location. I’ve also seen a set of grandparents bring their twin granddaughters to a class for older children, I’d say the girls are 4 or 5. So cute! So fun!

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  3. Lauren June 12, 2014 at 7:44 am - Reply

    This is so cute! It’s great that mommy and baby get to get out and around other people. Looks like fun!

    • Nicole June 12, 2014 at 7:46 am - Reply

      Thanks Lauren, it’s definitely fun and I think it will be beneficial to Kamden in the long run. We’ll see …. he sure enjoys smiling at all the pretty girls around him. HAHAHAHA!!!!!!

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  4. Amber Albright June 12, 2014 at 7:57 am - Reply

    aww what a sweet boy! That looks like fun for the kiddos and the adults!

    • Nicole June 12, 2014 at 8:04 am - Reply

      Thanks Amber! I’m definitely impressed with The Little Gym so far, looking forward to the summer class.

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  5. colleenpence June 12, 2014 at 8:01 am - Reply

    Little Gym was a big part of my life as a new mom when my daughter was a baby. We loved attending the classes together. Now I’m thinking of signing up my son for a few of their summer classes. :0

    • Nicole June 12, 2014 at 8:47 am - Reply

      Colleen, that is great news to hear from an experienced mom and customer of The Little Gym. Thanks for sharing! I would definitely consider summer classes for an older child. In fact, yesterday, the summer camp students were having lots of fun not only in the gym but inside the activity room with finger paints too. Who doesn’t love to finger paint?! HA

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  6. Jane Sadek June 12, 2014 at 8:02 am - Reply

    So cute!

    • Nicole June 12, 2014 at 8:47 am - Reply

      Thanks Jane!

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  7. Ashley June 12, 2014 at 8:16 am - Reply

    How fun!! That’s neat that there are so many things that really help work on infant development. I need to check this out for my little boys.

    • Nicole June 12, 2014 at 8:49 am - Reply

      Ashley, I definitely recommend The Little Gym. I was skeptical at first, but after talking to some of the other parents who have been going with their infant for several months, I was impressed. Of course, my Chunky Monkey still needs to practice a while before he’s rolling or crawling. HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

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  8. aimeed23 June 12, 2014 at 8:33 am - Reply

    So I read the ‘unibrow’ comment before I saw the picture. Thank you for the laugh… Your comment was so funny!

    • Nicole June 12, 2014 at 8:50 am - Reply

      Oh my gosh, Aimee, doesn’t it look like a unibrow?! For real. But I swear Kamden has a distinct crease right above his brow line and nearly every picture the light is just right that it looks like a UNI. hahahaha!!!!!!!

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  9. Celeste Zachry June 12, 2014 at 9:32 am - Reply

    Oh my goodness! I KNOW where I will be several Wednesdays this summer! Beautiful photos of all you. Such fun for our little bug and how proud are we that he sat? Go Kamden, go!

    • Nicole June 12, 2014 at 12:42 pm - Reply

      Every time I’m there I think of you and the girls, y’all are welcome to join the fun ANYTIME!!!!!!!!

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      • Celeste Zachry June 12, 2014 at 1:01 pm - Reply

        This is Britt. Is that a fat joke whenever you say you think of us at the gym?

        • Nicole June 12, 2014 at 2:32 pm - Reply

          Ummmm no, I’m talking about The Little Gym. Dork. And yes, I’m using dork as a joke. DORK!

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  10. Nina Beana June 12, 2014 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    So awesome!!! Go Kamden go!
    (I hadn’t scrolled to see the caption yet and thought “Oh no…he has a major unibrow!” Phew, thank goodness he doesn’t!)

    • Nicole June 12, 2014 at 2:33 pm - Reply

      oh my gosh, Nina, you aren’t kidding!!!! My kid looks like he has the unibrow of ALL unibrows. (sigh) HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

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  11. pnkheelspnktrk June 12, 2014 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    this is amazing!!!! so fun for Kamden and momma! 🙂 I started gymnastics when I was little but not sure I was that little. 🙂 I think it’s one of the coolest things for kids!!

    • Nicole June 12, 2014 at 9:56 pm - Reply

      Thanks Taylor, it is a pretty amazing program The Little Gym has created for children from infancy into pre-teen. I don’t know how long we’ll participate, but I’m enjoying the “Bug” program so far …. I think Kamden is too! 🙂

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  12. April June 14, 2014 at 8:08 am - Reply

    LOVE The Little Gym! We used to do it in Fort Worth and it was so much fun! He looks adorable!

    • Nicole June 14, 2014 at 10:17 am - Reply

      Thank you, friend. 🙂

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  13. Crystal June 17, 2014 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Goodness he is adorable!!! I’ve always heard about the Little Gym, but we never did it. Mainly because there wasn’t one remotely close to us.

    • Nicole June 17, 2014 at 2:42 pm - Reply

      Crystal, you’re not alone! I had never heard of either until we moved to Fort Worth several years ago and I assumed it was mostly gymnastics-type of thing. I learned something new …. ta-da!!!!

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  14. jenrussum June 18, 2014 at 2:44 am - Reply

    Okay, this is the cutest thing ever. I’m pretty sure Z needs to go to the gym because at this point I’m convinced she will never be strong enough to pull her large self off the floor into a crawling position. It doesn’t even seem possible! 🙂

    • Nicole June 18, 2014 at 6:13 am - Reply

      Girl, I totally understand!!!!!!!! Kamden just started — literally last week at The Little Gym — sitting up unassisted (for a few seconds, but it’s a start) but I don’t know how this child of mine is ever going to learn how to crawl and/or walk because of his big ole self. HA! Save us, Little Gym. LOL

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