A month or so after birth, I emerged out of the baby fog. My stitches had almost healed, I was slightly more confident with my baby rather than being completely clueless and I had managed a solo trip or two in the car setting up the buggy and away I go. Now what?
Pre baby I was the most unstructured, spontaneous and off the cuff person. I had no regular routine, I worked shifts and barely kept a diary. Really unorganised basically! Now I was home, alone, with the rubbish on the TV in the background and the sounds of intermittent crying from my baby, I was feeling like I needed to get some regularity in my life. Fortunately I had met some awesome girls from my NCT antenatal classes and they were in a similar situation, just emerging and wanting to get out there with their babies before going mental and getting cabin fever at home with Jeremy Kyle on the TV.
I began researching. Something I love to do just simply Googling “mum and baby classes” and “baby groups” in my local area to get an idea what was offered in my local community. Fortunately, there were a good few options and so I took the plunge booking some of them up. The first commitment I made was to Baby Sensory, which was aimed a 0 to 6 months. Perfect! Little did I know that I would be attending weekly right up until I was going back to work, with my bubba at 9 months old!
Baby sensory is a fantastic class that promotes stimulation through sounds, sight such as colours, movement and also signing. The first lesson consisted of being confused by the “say hello to the sun” song with simultaneous signing and stopping my bubba sicking up her milk and keeping her awake for the class! As the weeks went on, it was much more valuable for me than her as I was able to meet up regularly with likeminded first time mummas, it started to give me structure for my week and get her into a routine too.
After joining sensory, I added Water Babies and a locally run baby massage class so my week was getting filled up. Luckily they were spaced apart so I had rest days on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s but the others had activities and although just an hour long, this made so much difference to me. It stopped me going insane at home, it stimulated my little one so she slept more and allowed me to make some new friends! Winner!
As the weeks progressed, so did my confidence. It was amazing. The feeding, sleeping, playtime was much more structured that enabled her to be a happier baby, me to get rest time and have a much more relaxed time. As for my little one, attending a regular class such as baby sensory enabled her to
- Become more self aware
- Awareness of others
- Become more aware of her senses
- Increased coordination
- Communication skills taught
Sometimes I would sing, sign and wave flashing lights and props and she would either be asleep, look in the opposite direction or cry. However, sometimes she would attempt to sign, beat a drum or laugh and interact with others which was great and valuable to not miss these mini milestones.
There are many themes each week from jungle, to olympics and festive special Christmas sessions so it’s not boring for us mums!
Now the weeks are approaching to my return back to work, I am looking for an alternative class to attend weekly with her. Perhaps a tumble tots type session as she like to get around a lot more so she can roam free. I will really miss the early days of baby sensory meeting up with the other mums, but it is the end of an era and time to move on with her growing up! All I can say is that baby classes whatever they are, are a fantastic “investment” to both your sanity and your babies development!