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  • 2013 / 07 / 30
  • Rocking, Rocking, and Rocking - to the Safe and Happy Place

What part of body has the relation with the movement and stability of body ? The answer is the vestibular system. Simply speaking, it is an organ in the inner ear that keeps human body balanced. It is in charge of sending signals to the brain and mainly sensing the relation between the head and the earth gravity. When the vestibular system senses the movement of the head, it then sends signals to the central nervous system. The brain then coordinates signals sent from other sensoriums to identify the spatial location of the body, direction and speed of movements to adjust positions and keep balanced.

The vestibular system is an important sensory integration system. It starts to influence children's emotions and future behavior at the stage of fetus. Research shows that when babies are crying, if the babysitter hugs them, sways gently and comforts them, the babies can receive gentle vestibular stimulation, feeling safe and beloved. After the babies grow up, they will have stable development of emotion and personality.

Games that can moderately enhance vestibular stimulation are divided into three categories based on moving direction, including horizontal, vertical, and rotational games. Horizontal games are the activities that the moving direction parallelizes the ground, such as running, riding bikes, playing on swings, riding hobbyhorse, and playing on slides. Vertical stimulation refers to the activities that bodies move vertically, such as playing seesaws and jumping on spring beds. While rotational games are the activities of doing rotation or turning around, such as rocking bowls and playing tea-cup.

Weplay Rocking Bowl provides children at different ages and children have different needs with moderate vestibular sensory stimulation by rocking back-and-forth, left-and-right, or rotating 360 degree. It helps children to naturally develop their balance ability through playing, so as to activate and stabilize the brain cranial nerves.

※Way of playing
Children sit or lie down in the Rocking Bowl. Then parents gently sway the bowl. It is just like children being held in mother’s embrace. It helps to relax and comfort their emotion,
and also train children to practice the control of stability.
※Function
- stimulate the vesicular system and stabilize emotion.
- enhance the stability of body and control the balance.
※Note
- Please control the level of rocking from slowly to fast, and adjust the speed and strength of rocking based on the condition of children. If children feel ncomfortable, please stop rocking.
- For kids younger than 2 years old, it is not appropriate to rock strongly and fast.
- For 1.5 year-old kids, put a towel or a blanket in Rocking Bowl can make the rocking more comfortable.

※Way of playing
Kids sit or lie in Rocking Bowl, and then parents sway Rocking Bowl from slowly to fast. This activity gives children vestibular stimulation and enhances the stability of horizon of space.

※Function
- Provide vestibular stimulation and enhance the stability of horizon of space.
- Enhance the stability of body and control balance.

※Note
- Please control the level of rocking from slowly to fast, and adjust the speed and strength of rocking based on the condition of children. If children feel uncomfortable, please stop rocking.
- For older kids, they can sit in Rocking Bowl and control the rocking of the bowl by themselves by using their barycenter of body and adjust the speed of rocking.

※Way of playing
When kids sit or lie in Rocking Bowl, put many small balls into the bowl to let the kids’whole body have abundant tactile stimulation during rocking and swinging.

※Function
- Provide vestibular stimulation and enhance future learning concentration.
- Provide tactile stimulation, and gently control emotion.

※Note
- Add some more tactile balls depending on children’s sensitivity of tactile sense to enrich their sense of touch.
- If children feel uncomfortable, please stop rocking.
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