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After giving birth, most mothers are completely exhausted and can barely manage to find time to grab a shower, let alone get out and socialise with other mothers and babies. But as the first few weeks subside, most women find that they not only have time, but they also have a need to see other people who are going through the same joyous and sleepless experience as themselves.
Have a look around your local area and see what mother and baby groups take place each week. You might find ‘one o’clock clubs’ or church groups in your area. If you took antenatal or NCT classes, then you might have already met a bunch of new mums in the area that you can arrange to meet on a weekly basis and compare notes with. You might decide to meet in neutral territory such as a local coffee shop, restaurant or even a family-friendly pub. Alternatively you might prefer to visit each others houses on a rotation basis.
Some of you might be interested in attending mother and baby classes with your little one.
For those of you interested in getting back into shape, then postnatal yoga and pilates are a fantastic idea. Some classes allow you to bring your baby along and you can attend to your baby mid-class as you need to. Other classes will actually have you holding baby as part of various stretching positions so that he or she can be very much part of the experience.
If you’re looking for a more baby-centric class, then there will usually be plenty of options available in your area. Popular classes that take place in locations all over the country include Monkey Music and Baby Sensory.
Monkey Music starts from 3 months to 12 months with a class called ‘Rock n Roll’. Your baby will then graduate to the ‘Heigh Ho’ class once he/she reaches their first birthday. At this stage your child will be up on it’s feet, responding to the music and enjoying colourful props to play with.
Baby Sensory allows babies to use and develop all the senses in their classes. Rhymes and music are played for auditory development. Massage, cuddling, rocking help to enhance the feelings of touch and the foundations of speech are built with sign language, song, puppets and music.
Swimming lessons may be an activity that you’d like to begin with your baby too. It’s usually a good idea to wait until at least 6 weeks after your babies birth before you start though. You’ll need special swimming nappies, a hooded baby towel and a warm bottle (if bottle-feeding) for immediately after the swimming as babies tend to get hungry after swimming. Ensure that the water temperature is no less than 32C. Enquire at your local swimming pool as to whether they have any mum and baby classes. Or you could try the following organisations who have classes up and down the country – Little Dippers, Swimbabes, Water Babies and Star Fish Swimming.
Now that you have an idea of activities that may take place in your area, don’t delay. Many classes offer a free/reduced rate trial, so check out a few with your baby. They’re a great opportunity for learning how to socialise with other babies and adults.
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