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28/04/2014 at 14:55
I'm interested in attending baby classes with G. We have started by going to baby swimming lessons which we started when she was 4 weeks old which she absolutely loves, but I wouldn't have thought to even think about at that age if I hadn't have known someone who had already been the HV saying it sounded a good idea.
Now I'm thinking of taking her to other classes but I'm not sure what ones are age appropriate. The ones on the list are infant massage, baby yoga, messy play baby sensory. What classes do you recommend and at what age is ideal to start?
28/04/2014 at 15:01
I did baby swimming and baby yoga with J, plus a generic baby group at a local children's centre. I was a bit suspicious of the yoga as it sounded a bit out there, but one of my friends was doing it and said it was good so I went along too - it was mostly wiggling J's arms and legs around and singing to him, and he mostly didn't cry while we were there which was a minor miracle as he did most of the time otherwise. He did sick on me a fair bit with the being waved around though, and during the lie-down-so-that-mummy-could-relax bit at the end I was the only mummy never to get a chill out, he always wailed! I'll do it again with Attila if timings work around when J's in nursery.
28/04/2014 at 15:09
I did baby massage with S for five weeks when he was 4 weeks old. It was good but at an hour and a half it was a bit long for him. We still use a lot of the strokes now though so it was definitely worth it.
We started baby sensory when he was 16 weeks. It was a good age as he was awake a lot longer and could stand all the stimulation. He was an easily over stimulated baby though so I think a lot of babies would be fine younger. It fast became our favourite class and we still do it now, 3 months on and I can't see us ever not going. It's fab.
We've done baby signing which was ok but a little bit dry...maybe that was just the teacher though!
Playgroup at our local church hall is also really good, we've been going since he was 6 weeks and its a great opportunity for a cuppa and to meet other mums.
28/04/2014 at 15:25
TBH I think that the baby classes when the baby is under, say, 4 months or so are really more for the mums. I did postnatal yoga which was fabulous, really helped my back. Only thing was that A wouldn't lie still on the mats in the middle like all the other babies (typical of him) but the yoga leader was great with him and just held him while bouncing on her ball/walking around. She even helped me find a few poses I could do with him on my chest or in my arms ha! I also did something the local Sure Start was running, it was exercise designed for postnatal mums. Again the babies were supposed to be on mats on the floor but it stressed me out as A would always cry. I ended up doing most of the exercises whilst trying to hold him, as the instructor couldn't because he was running around demonstrating etc.
At around 4 months we started baby music classes which we both enjoyed, I'm really sad that they've stopped now as the class leader has moved. It was a local thing but there are nationwide franchises doing them e.g. Monkey Music.
I also took him to the local Sure Start, they did an under-1s group on Wednesday mornings which was nice, they had a baby corner with treasure baskets, mirrors, things hanging from the ceiling etc. That was more for me again, but he did enjoy it. When he got to around 6/7 months and started crawling I took him to the under-2s group instead. They also did a creche on Friday mornings which I used when he was nearer 1, I'd still use it if I didn't work on Fridays.
Messy play I personally wouldn't do until well into toddler age or unless all the 'messy play' stuff was edible. A used to try to eat EVERYTHING, it was like I didn't feed him at home! Sand, play dough, paints, cotton wool balls etc. Not safe IMO, and just stressful trying to stop him eating it all. He wasn't the only one, but not all babies did try to eat things, so perhaps it just depends on your baby. He did like the 'sensory' things though like the wooden spinners etc.
28/04/2014 at 15:34
I did baby massage when O was about 6 weeks old for 8 weeks, really enjoyed it but it was a free class not sure if I'd have paid privatley for it! We do swimming which he loves and we did sensory from 8 weeks- he loved sensory and we went every week until we were asked to move up too the next group as he was getting ready to crawl, so we know go to a baby movers group which he also likes.
28/04/2014 at 15:44
We started out by going to a weekly post natal group (for up to 6 months) run for new mums to meet other new mums, have a chat and a cuppa. We first went at about 2 weeks old I think.
We then did a 5 week baby massage course when F was around 8 weeks old. F didn't really enjoy it to be honest but I think it was more to do with the time of day with him rather than the actual massage stuff.
At 12 weeks we signed up to swimming classes which we still do now.
To be honest, I didn't bother taking F to messy play until he was nearly 2! Partly because it clashed with other things but also I wasn't sure if he'd really appreciate it until he was a bit older.
28/04/2014 at 18:35
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