Thursday, 30 October 2014

Baby Groups. Hot or Not?


Baby swimming. Baby massage. Baby yoga. Baby signing. Stay and play. Baby and toddler groups. Messy play. Baby PEEP. Tums and mums. The list goes on and on and it seems, if you wanted to, you could go to a different baby group 3 times a day, 5 days a week!

I go to a least one group a day apart from on Fridays. And Mondays are swimming lessons so not quite the same as a baby group I guess. 

I don't know if I would go to so many if I hadn't moved to a new area before I had Isla. I needed the groups as an excuse to get out of the house and try and have some social interaction!...

I've read a few other bloggers posts on baby groups and I feel like us new mummies have a bit of a love-hate relatiship with them. Some of us rate them and some of us hate them.

We've all had that horrible experience when you sit outside deciding whether to go in with that horrible nervous, sick feeling in your tummy. Then you take a deep breath, walk in and hope for the best!

I really enjoy all the groups I go at the moment to except one where, I'll be honest, I mainly go for the tea and biscuits and the good toy selection for Isla!

I'm very lucky that I've made some fab friends out of going to baby groups and so has Isla. 



I find that going to groups also gives Isla the chance to socialise and play with new things which helps with her sensory development.



It's all about finding people who you have more in common with than just your babies. People you can have a laugh with, share stories with and just generally get on with. Sometimes it's like speed dating, because you only have an hour or so, but without the dinner or wine!

Every now and again though, you will come across the following gems at baby groups: 

- the 'my baby is SO advanced compared to your baby' mum
- the 'I'm so worried about every sneeze, cough and poop my baby does and I need to tell you all about it' mum
- the 'I've done this all before and I'm bored of you talking' mum
- the 'attachment' mum - 'what do you mean you didn't breastfeed for more than a week?!?!'

And finally, in my case...
- the 'super over the top military' mum! 

Luckily I've only come across one of these military mums and I've only had to sit through one monologue where she relayed all of her husbands ships and deployments. I can barely remember Mr Knott's current job title in the navy so I wasn't the best audience for her! It was the longest 15 mins of my baby group career. Luckily my friend was sitting next to me so I quickly pretended Isla needed fed and turned around when the military mum wandered off...

So what are your verdicts? Do you enjoy baby groups or avoid them at all costs?

10 comments :

  1. I loved taken Oliver to baby groups and now toddler groups. I think children centres are fantastic for the free groups they provide and I met some lovely friends. Lovely photo of the Halloween babies, so cute! xx

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    1. The children's centres round here are really good too! There are so many of them and they all do different things each day. We're lucky to have them around :) Thanks for commenting! xx

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  2. Good on you for going to so many of these. I just can't bare the thought of the judgemental mums! I've had some bad experiences in the past and it's really put me off! :(

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    1. Thanks lovey. Aw that's rubbish that you've had bad experiences - shame on those judgemental mums!! It is really horrible when you come across rubbish people. Karma will get them haha. Thanks for commenting!

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  3. We haven't been to many groups. I go to the local bookbug group which is great but the other groups all start at 9.15 and Molly doesn't get up until at least then. I would love to take her to some but wonder if at 9 months I am too late to fit in? Also I am too scared to go lol

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    1. Never too late!! I find people get friendlier as your babies get older :) That's amazing Molly sleeps till then, wow!!

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  4. I go to a baby sensory class with Toby but to be honest it's not great! He's starting swimming soon too but a lot of our socialising is with friends from NCT and aquanatal so we put on activities ourselves for the babies. Maybe as he gets older we'll go to more group things xx

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    1. I think if you've already got a group of people to do baby stuff with then you don't need to go through the adventure that is baby groups as much haha, lucky you :) xx

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  5. I'm not a massive fan on baby groups. We went to a mum and baby group and then baby massage when she was little but it wasn't something I'd rave about haha. I'm lucky my nephew is 6 weeks younger than Indiana so she always has a play mate :) xx

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    1. Aww that's lovely that she's got a cousin so close in age - friends for life!! xx

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