Whilst pregnant I never really understood how important baby classes were until I had Max and quickly realised being at home just wasn’t enough for him. Classes are not just for the development of your baby but a chance for you to enjoy a hot I repeat HOT cup of tea and cake with other mummy’s. I’ve built so many friendships through baby classes and it’s amazing to see Max recognise and build friendships with their babies too. I thought I would give you a run down of our weekly baby class menu.
On a Monday at 10am we attend what I think is Max’s favourite class called Musical Mice. There’s bubbles, fun interactive songs and lots of puppets and musical instruments for Max to enjoy. Katie who runs the class remembers every babies name which is a nice touch, she’s built such fab relationships with the babies/toddlers they even run up to give her a cuddle at the start of the class. Cute.
We’ve just started going to Canbury Buttons at 10am and it’s by far the friendliest class. All the mums are inviting and all the babies seem to have such a lovely time. The class kicks off with playtime, there’s lots of toys, rocking horses and arts and crafts for the babies to enjoy. We then follow up by having snack time which consists of a bowl of fruit and water, all the babies sit around the table and eat together. To end the class there’s a little sing song. This class is perfect to help Max engage with other babies and it’ll be even better for him once he’s on the move.
On a Wednesday this is our day to find activities to do together as mother and baby, a little bonding session. We’ll go down to the river and feed the swans, have a messy play session at home or run errands in town. If we’re really stuck for ideas we’ll pop down to the sensory room at the YMCA, Max loves it! I really do cherish our chilled Wednesday’s together.
On a Thursday we attend Waterbabies at 4.45pm. This is a chance for Max to splash about in the pool and learn a few life saving tips if anything should happen to him in a pool. I love the different activities at Waterbabies from the songs, learning swimming techniques and even the dreaded swimming under water bit. Waterbabies is on the pricey side but the benefits out way the expensive price tag. Max also sleeps amazingly well after this class too.
Our class of choice on a Friday is Rainbows which is located in a local church. There’s plenty of toys, a very lively atmosphere and lots of tea and cake. There’s even a masseuse who comes every other week and offers mothers a head, shoulder, back massage whilst your baby plays. Obviously I only attend for this!
Since I can remember baby classes have been a staple part of Max’s week/routine, he thoroughly enjoys them and it gives me a chance to kind of relax knowing he’s fully entertained, learning and developing alongside other similar aged babies.