Thursday, 23 June 2016

Baby Classes and Groups

Back when Blake was three months old I started going to baby groups and classes with him as a way to get out of the house, meet other mum's and for Blake to be around other babies.

I've never been one for liking big groups of people and the idea at first filled me with dread. 
I remember the first group I went to was a new mum's group for new parents with non mobile babies. It wasn't as bad as I was expecting and i got talking to two ladies who also had boys and we are still touch over a year a later. The first time going I admit can be scary especially if like me you are introvert but I'm glad I got out of my comfort zone and just  went. 

 
These sorts of groups have so many great benefits too and I still go to at least one a week. 
Blake currently goes to a Baby Beeps sensory class on a Thursday morning and we also are attempting to get out and go to one at a local church on a Tuesday afternoon or Friday morning. Another thing we chose to do with Blake is swimming lessons which have been so beneficial. First of all it's given us something to do as a family every Saturday afternoon but also Blake loves splashing around in the pool and is definitely a water baby. 

One of the things that got me to start going to groups  was lets be honest when you are a stay at home mum it can be lonely.  Not only that but being stuck indoors at home with your baby can be suffocating and can also be quite boring after awhile. Going to groups/classes has given us the much needed change of environment. The great thing is that these types of groups are either free or don't cost the earth to go to. 


Another reason is you get to meet other Mum's/Dad's and your little one gets to interact with other children of the same age and/or different age groups. 
Some groups also have the added bonus of free coffee and cake for us parents and if your child is old enough healthy snacks and drinks for them too. 

Now over to you Do you take your little ones to groups/classes?

13 comments:

  1. I'm like you. I don't really like big groups. I really struggled when T was a baby. I did take her to the baby/toddler group in our little village once a week. And when my husband is free, he'd offer to take her, because he knew how much I disliked it. The funny thing is, most of those mums in the baby group are now my friends!

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  2. When my girl was between 1 - 2 years old we practically lived in groups and I don't know what we would have done without it. Where we lived in Singapore for the first year of her life you didn't really anything like that there so it makes you realize how much we should appreciate them!

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  3. I use to feel entirely the same way, but I do think it is important for them to socialise and for us too, even if we are out of our comfort zone xx

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  4. I have to admit the only classes we go to are swimming ones

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  5. We only to swimming classes too. I can't fit anything else in.

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  6. Awww little Blake is sooooo cute. I think groups can really improve our social skills and open us up to new friendships and experiences. As someone who's also shy, it can be scary sometimes.

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  7. My mummy used to take me to baby groups all the time when she was on maternity leave...not so much now x

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  8. As an introvert I would really struggle pushing myself out of that comfort zone!

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  9. I dont have kids but my siblings do and they do all different kinds of classes from swimming to play x

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  10. I used to love taking my kids to baby group when they were little, my favourite one was Messy play, where they could just get as messy as they liked and the people running the group did all the tiding up after

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  11. They sound great in theory but it depends so much on people you will be in

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  12. Would like to go to one my baby has reflux do you do groups for this need to meet new mom's who have the same problem with there babys my crys all time so need to get out

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  13. Hi I'm fiona would like to meet new mom's my baby has reflux need help crying all time thanks

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