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24/05/2013 at 12:12
I've been looking into baby groups in the local area for future reference this morning (being at home with sciatica is very dull!). There's an nct bumps and babies group, baby sensory, and little fishes swimming group I like the sound of. The swimming is from 6 months but others from birth/bump. I also have two of my best friends pregnant and lots of work colleagues on mat leave at same time, so lots of potential play dates and lunches.
What (if any) baby groups did/do you go to?
how old was your baby when you felt ready to get up and out the house to groups?
how often do you just stay at home each week?
24/05/2013 at 12:18
We go regularly to weigh in which is also a stay and play plus a new baby group. There is a baby gym class I'm going to start on and we've booked swimming for September.
I'd love to do sensory, but it's £60 up a front for ten weeks and I'm never able to commit for so long as if my H is away we go visiting. We too have plenty of coffee dates and I go to a women's coffee morning on the army camp to make sure I get adult chat to. We spend perhaps a day a week perhaps two just cuddling and playing alone but my H comes home from lunch when he's around too.
I'm also wanting to try a sling meet. And we're booked for baby massage next month.
24/05/2013 at 12:24
I go out every day. I go to groups four days a week and the fifth day we go swimming/ the park etc.
I would go insane if i stayed at home! Even if its pouring down I tend to just get wrapped up and go out even if its just a walk to the shops, it does both of us good to get out and get fresh air.
I didn't go to any groups last time until W was six weeks old but that was because H was off until then so we spent time together.
This time I want to be out asap, but depends on my recovery from my CS as I have to walk up very steep hills to get anywhere in my town. But I can't stay home for long as its not fair on W.
I wouldn't let yourself feel rushed to start going to any as to begin with leaving the house can be quite daunting with timing feeds, getting a bag ready etc. but if you're hoping to try to meet new people at groups at tiny newborn is always a great ice breaker.
24/05/2013 at 12:36
We go to swimbabes and H loves it. It's not cheap but he is now pretty water confident at only 16 weeks. We started when he was 12 weeks.
We also go to rhyme time at the library although not every week. We did try a baby coffee club but I found H too young ax he can't play with the others yet. Also I found I'm not a fan of just 'talking baby' so we didn't enjoy as much. I might try again in a few weeks as he's interacting with children more now.
We try and go out most days but mainly to friends of my mums or just a coffee shop in town. Staying in drives me mad abs highlights how hard it is to set things done with a baby!
24/05/2013 at 13:13
with L we went to the bf group from 10 days old and then started playgroup at 5 weeks, we then did sing and sign, jo jingles, rhyme time, ie saturday was the only day off as i had to get out every day as he did not sleep at all so i felt if i was up and out then at least i was around other people iyswim
with I we went to the bf group from 7 days old, baby sensory which is the MOST AMAING class from 3 weeks old and lots of mums and tots groups too, we went to baby yoga too. i go to a lot of groups as i hated sat in on my own
swimming wise we took both boys from very young. L was 11 weeks and I 10 weeks, we wanted to take them really early as i had read that if it after 6 months then submersions etc can be tricker.
24/05/2013 at 13:23
With A I did baby sensory from 8 weeks until 10 months, Jo Jingles from 4 months until 22 months, Waterbabies from 4 months to 18 months. Also did the post natal course run by the HV's from 6-12 weeks, and the group from there then continued to meet weekly at a baby group at a soft play centre. We did a baby massage course from 16-20 weeks which I hosted at my house with my NCT group.
This time I'll only have 2 mornings a week with just baby and I'd like to leave one of them clear so I can meet up with a friend, sleep or take her swimming. I may do baby sensory on the other day, but will go with the flow of my friends who are due around the same time. The other 3 days she'll be dragged along to Alex's classes.
24/05/2013 at 14:01
I started going to NCT Bumps & Babies whilst I was still pregnant. It was lovely to go somewhere beforehand and it made it easier to go once E was here as I knew there would be familiar faces. I first took her when she was 8 days old and H went back to work. I ended up helping to run that group for a while and I also now coordinate the NCT Bumps & Babies in the town where I live, so it's been very rewarding and I've made friends. I'd highly recommend it!
24/05/2013 at 15:25
Thanks for your replies ladies.
Thanks interesting about the submersion cherry pie as I was thinking myself 6 months is quite old, did you do waterbabies? I've emailed them for info this morning
Stripes did many people go to the nct whilst they were still pregnant? I was debating whether to go along when I'm on mat leave
24/05/2013 at 15:54
We had at least one bump most weeks and it's lovely to see the bumps become babies. Definitely go whilst on your mat leave. Like I said, for me it meant that once E had arrived and H was back at work I had somewhere familiar to go. It made my first trip out with her on my own so much less daunting.
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