My Thoughts on Baby Classes & Groups

Back when Ethan (nearly three) was just a baby, the thought of going to a baby class or baby group was one that filled my mind with anxiety. 

I've spent a lot of my life shying away from groups, preferring to keep a smaller amount of company. It's no secret that I'm an introvert, social situations can sometimes leave me feeling a little drained. I like to get to know someone and small talk is never really my thing. So going to a baby group where I knew I'd encounter these sorts of situations felt almost a little overwhelming. 

But that was then, that was before I learnt the benefits that those sorts of groups and classes had to offer not only to my baby, but to me too. 

Being a Mum on maternity leave can sometimes feel a little lonely, it can at times feel almost a little suffocating at home if you have no-where to go with your little one. There's only so much of shaking a rattle you can do before you feel the need to find to get out of the house for a bit. 

It's the change of environment that I craved and the desire to find babies of the same age for my little one to play that drove me to my first group. Walking through the doors alone for the first time was scary, but at the same time I felt a new sense of confidence with my little boy in my arms - I felt like a team with him - I really wasn't on my own. 

We've gone on to attend a few baby classes and groups over the years. Ethan now attends nursery two mornings a week, which he loves, so we no longer attend playgroup, but he still goes to his swim class every Tuesday morning and the confidence it has given him is amazing to see - you would never believe that he screamed so loud during his first swimming class that we actually got out of the water and went home early. 

I take Logan to Baby Sensory every week and he absolutely loves it and I love that it gives us both a change of environment, that it fills some of our time during the day and that we've picked up a few little things we can do at home together from it. 

Baby classes and groups for me went from being something I dreaded to something that actually became a bit of a saviour. I've spoken about my thoughts on baby classes and groups some more over on my youtube channel if you'd like to have a watch..

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  1. I am the same as you. When I was on maternity leave with Matthew and then with Chloe last year I never went to a sensory or play group. Mainly because most of these places were for older kids. I was only maternity leave for 6 months which is the norm in Ireland. Both do go to creche and are very sociable so I am getting away with that. I am really bad for making new friends since living in Ireland. Like you I don't do small talk.

    1. It's nice when you find something, even creche etc where the little ones can go and get a little socialising I think. I didn't realise that it was just 6 months mat leave in Ireland! x

  2. I forced myself To go to groups I'm glad I did as there are some good ones out there. We go to a sensory class every Thursday and a story and rhyme session on a Monday .

    1. There are some good ones out there! Story and rhyme sounds fun, I will have to see if there's one near us! x

  3. My two little girls love going to playgroup at our local Methodist Church. It is totally non threatening and gets them to socialise with other little girls. We had a bit of a problem with the older one bossing the younger around...just telling her off..pretending to be mummy. Now she mixes with older girls that has stopped. Story and Rhyme is good too at the local library...they both really look forwar dto it on Tuesday mornings.