Classes – Baby Sensory
My wife took a year off with Galla and living in London there were loads of different classes and groups she could take her to. I had to do quite a bit of research for Georgie but I was determined to take her to a few different things a week. I decided to try Baby Sensory.
According to their website Baby Sensory is “Designed to stimulate, educate and provide precious memories during the all-important first year of life”. My wife had taken Galla to it which she liked, so I thought Georgie might enjoy it.
I found a nearby class for Georgie’s age group. Typically I was the only Dad in the class although a couple of Dads occasionally come along when they have a day off. Each week can be taken as a seperate unit, the idea being that even if you miss a week or two, your child is not missing out on any ongoing theme. For a parent who is heartily sick of hearing “classics” such as The Wheels on the Bus, this is a blessing.
The class is an hour which can be a bit long for little ones. I noticed that some of the younger babies did sleep through a chunk of the class. But there is a 15-20 minute break in the middle for “play time” where you can let your baby play on various play mats, mattresses, toys, ball pits etc. For little ones not really crawling it’s also seemed to be a good excuse for the parents to have a natter.
As I’ve mentioned before, this can be a bit daunting as the only Dad there. The mums either ignore you, or at least don’t approach you. The staff there make an effort to chat to me and i’ve never had any problems making conversation. However the universal topic for any parent, our children, breaks down any barriers and it wasn’t long before I was comparing notes on the local maternity hospital, the ace local midwives and what other classes and groups I take Georgie to.
So is it worth it? Well most importantly Georgie loves it. During the welcome song her little face lights up in a massive smile as she stares at the class leader transfixed as she leads us through the song…..there’s a bit of baby-signing which i’ve never gotten the hang of (we’ve never really understood the point of baby signing). Lots of songs with light shows which the babies appear to love.
I would definitely recommend it. I’d love to hear your recommendations for Dad-friendly baby classes.