Are you in the throws of maternity/ paternity leave and looking for a way to entertain your bundle(s) of joy so that neither of you are climbing the walls at the end of a day? Or have you found a few baby classes to attend but don’t know which one(s) might offer the most value for your money? These baby class reviews will tell you about the ones we loved and found gave us the most back for our hard saved pounds:
- Children’s centres – I would definitely recommend looking up the timetables for your borough’s children centres. They offer FREE sessions for all ages that you can drop in on when it suits you (and baby’s nap time) and range from sensory to music and rhyme and messy play. Just make sure to get there a bit early as they only allow a certain number of people in each session and are quite strict about it.
- Baby massage – we did this 5wk course at around 2-3 months of age and as far as classes go, this is an absolute must. It was a special class for us as it’s a relaxing atmosphere, allows you and baby to bond and it has a number of benefits for baby too (like helping with fussiness, sleeping, digestion etc). I especially liked knowing that it was good for my daughter’s muscles in preparation for her development. We used the class linked to our borough’s children centres.
- Sing and sign – for us, another absolute staple! We could only do the first level (stage 1) but that was good enough to teach my daughter and I (in such a fun way) how to communicate about the most important basics – hunger, thirst, sleep and nappy changing. As an added bonus, it also taught us signs about everyday things around us that we could sing and talk about (animals, transport and home for example), all of which we still use on a daily basis 6 months later. These have been a MASSIVE help in allowing us to understand each other and to keep her involved in what’s going on – often meaning she stops crying once she knows what we’re doing/ where we’re going. We did this course from about 6 months onwards.
- Baby Sensory – this is a great class for babies (and parents)! Each week brings new experiences that have been specially designed to stimulate all a baby’s senses and mental abilities. It’s jam packed with songs and sensory props and the use of signs and movement with the singing keeps babies completely engrossed for the whole class. They’ll sleep very well after the session and you’ll definitely get a few classic photo’s to frame too. When booking, try make sure your class is full of babies the same age as (or as close to) yours when booking. We did this from around 3-11 months and will look to join the next level up (Toddler Sense) in the coming weeks.
- Music and me – This class is sensational for keeping the little ones completely spellbound throughout the class, not to mention how good it is for their sensory development. While they’re getting to play with a variety of different musical instruments, beanbags, balls or sensory scarves, the songs are teaching them about the world around them (different themes each week), their senses and skills to develop (they even learn to tidy up in a fun way). We bought the album to take home and if my daughter starts having a melt down while I’m driving, I put it on and she always stops crying and starts singing along. One not to miss! Started around 3 months.
- Baby Swimming – we love this one for how it’s helped our little lady become confident and happy in the water, and she’s learning some vital skills that could save her life! As we do the classes on a weekend, it also means dad gets a chance to have fun with baby too. Started at 6 months.
- MyGym – love love love this one for how it’s helped our little daredevil find her feet, so to speak. I will never forget her face the first time she did a saumersault (with the instructor’s help of course) – you could actually see the delight as she realised she could do more than just sit! I definitely think this class played a big part in giving her confidence and boosting her physical development and awareness. They’ve got songs, slides, swings, zipwires, gymnastics, puppet shows and so much more! Started attending from around 9 months (when it opened in our area)
- Hartbeeps – very similar to Baby Sensory in design and function but I found these classes a bit smaller so more intimate and they had really cute themes each week with interactive props and accessories to go with it. Great for drop in sessions or slightly cheaper per class if you book a term in one go.
There is so much choice on offer and if you have a class you love as much as we love these ones, we’d love to hear about it – as I’m sure other parents or caregivers would too!
Hope you’re having a lovely day with your children 🙂 x