Why go to baby groups?

by Chantelle

The English Family

 

Why go to baby groups?

When you are pregnant you hear so many people talking about going to baby groups such as sensory classes or messy play. It sounds like an amazing and beautiful bonding experience. In reality, It can be such a daunting thing to do. You are a new mum, sleep-deprived and you probably can’t remember the last time you washed your hair.

Leaving the house on your own and socialising with a room full of strangers probably sounds like the last thing you want to do right now. But do it!

 

 

I started taking Zac to baby groups when he was around 4 weeks old. Looking back, I am so proud of myself for getting us both out of the house.

Here are five reasons why I would recommend everyone goes to baby groups in those newborn days:

 

It gets you out of the house

Leaving the house with a newborn can feel like a military operation. When you are committed to going somewhere it gives you that push you need to make sure you don’t spend your entire week looking at 4 walls!

 

 

It is good for babies development

Sensory classes can be great for your babies development. They are exposed to so many new textures, sounds and colours. I used to love watching Zac taking it all in, he was fascinated by everything!

 

 

It gives you ideas for activities at home

I picked up so many great ideas at baby groups. As a new mum, it can be difficult knowing how to “play” with a newborn. These classes teach you great ways to interact with them. One thing that Zac particularly loved was the “sensory bags” that they showed us how to make in one class.

 

 

They get dad involved too!

Quite often they will hold special daddy bonding days too – especially around occasions like fathers day. So it is also an activity that dads can enjoy too. I purchased a daddy baby sensory session voucher as a Fathers Day present for Ricky’s first Fathers Day.

 

 

To make mum friends!

Those newborn days can be pretty lonely…Unless you are one of those lucky few who has a close friend or family member who happened to have a baby at the same time as you. By going to baby groups you meet other local mums with similar aged babies. It can be nerve-racking trying to make new friends, but most of the other women at these groups would love a friend to talk to about sleep regressions, poo and puke (they are conversation topics that only other mums can appreciate).

 

 

So if you are thinking about going to a mum and baby group do it! Everyone is in the same situation and probably looking for some adult conversation!

Thanks for reading!

 

Chantelle x