This is an indicator that your child is tired or perhaps not feeling well. Families need to evaluate these factors themselves; what I can suggest is that if it is near the end of a nap please allow time to gently arouse them (sing a familiar song, cuddle them, rock them and massage their hand or brow). Babies may be just as comfortable to be left in their carseats and brought down into the Studio. Many sleepy or tired Kindermusik children are slowly stimulated by our voices, singing, and activities that they soon awake to join in the fun.
Please practice a quiet time activity regularly at home (dim the lights to de-stress all, use quiet soothing music, lullabies or classical music without lyrics often is most successful). Some children worry that it may be nap or bed time. Assure them through words, gestures, and routines that this is not the case ... the time is for relaxing, deep-breathing, cuddle-time and not sleeping. If your child continues to be sad or disturb other families during their Quiet/Rocking time, please use the Waiting Room as a place to recompose or chat about one's behavior.
It is not a matter of allowing or not allowing soothers/pacifiers. The best practice is to leave these in a pocket, bag upstairs, or in your vehicle until bed or nap time. Some children enjoy them during Quiet/Rocking Time and this would be an acceptable time to bring them out if necessary. Children are all different and each situation is dealt with on an individual basis. I do recommend that children use their singing voices in class and this is best done without a pacifier, of course.
Kindermusik International has indicated that their regulations for testing of instruments and props is strictly followed with the national US guidelines. Instruments are just that ... not teething wrings, so children in the Village and Our Time classes are encourage not to mouth the instruments and props. Safety for children is primary to Kindermusik's philosophy when providing excellent quality instruments. Parents/guardians are advised to always be attentive to the objects that their children may have in their hands or within their reach ... please, always use precaution with age-appropriate instruments and props!
It is important that we care for each other in my studio. Please clean shakers, for example, with a cleaning cloth if your child has mouthed it. Props such as scarves, ribbons, curlers, balls, or mirrors are washed on a regular basis. If they are soiled from class they will be washed in the laundry prior to another child's use in my studio. Other objects that can not be placed in the laundry will be disinfected with hot water and soap in the sink, then rinsed well with hot water to sterilize the surfaces before the next use.
The Village class is designed for infants at birth to children of 18 months. We adapt all the activities to meet the needs/abilities of each child whether a few weeks old, a crawler, or a toddler. The children observe and learn from each other and the adults in the class --- I have been known to say in a Kindermusik class, "Oh, now (parent's name) is the teacher because (child's name) is keeping watch of what you are doing with your little one." Even babies as young as a 12 days old have been in my class! Their parents registered baby when he/she was still in the womb, and baby visited her/his first Kindermusik class with eyes wide open! This family was so pleased with their child's progress over the 8-week semester they invited two other babies to join in the next semester -- a family friend and sister with newborns.
Absolutely! Numerous families have paid for 'baby' to attend class and then forwarded me the birth annoucement and baby's name even weeks prior to the commencement of class.