I was terrified at the thought of walking into a baby group. I am incredibly shy and really struggle at making small talk.
But, my health visitor recommended I joined a local baby group for under 1’s. She said it was a great way to meet other mums and might help with those postnatal blues, because there were lots of other mums out there feeling the same as me. In hindsight I am so glad that I pushed myself to go.
Here are 5 reasons to join a baby group:
1. You Meet New Friends
And most importantly, you now have someone to whine too! Nobody understands more about what it’s like to have a child that’s at the same stages as your child, than another mum with a child at the same stage!
Your mums, aunties and anyone else who had children years and years ago are great to chat to, but they can’t really relate to what you’re experiencing right now. There’s no nicer feeling than saying to a group of people about your child being a royal pain in the arse because he’s been up all night, only to hear someone chirp up ‘mine too!’
2. It’s A Great Excuse To Get Out Of Cleaning The House For A Couple Of Hours
Some mornings when I have baby groups I literally dance around piles of mess as I leave the house singing ‘not today!’ Goodbye mess, you are out of sight and out of mind.
3. It Gets You Out!
Being surrounded by the same four walls all day can drive you and your little one crazy. Some days I wake up and think ‘what on earth can I do today?‘ There are only so many times in the week you can go to the supermarket to get milk, just to get some fresh air and to entertain your little one. It’s so nice to actually have an event to go to where you’re with like minded people who are also desperate to be outside in the world.
4. Your Little One Learns To Socialise
At first there are lots of little ones poking and prodding other littles ones eyes and faces, followed by lots of apologetic mums saying ‘I’m sorry, I have been trying to stop her doing that!‘ until eventually they come to an age where the start to interact with each other a lot more.
It is so important to teach them social skills from a young age. Not only does it help them learn to play with others and to make friends, but it gets them prepared for school and nursery. Evie’s first day of nursery she walked in and recognised some of the babies from groups we’ve been too and immediately made her way straight over to them to play. It made leaving her behind so much easier.
5. You Both Might Learn Something Together
We’ve been to some great groups like ‘The Creation Station’, which is a big messy arty group. This group taught me many new ways of doing messy play with Evie at home. There is such a variety of groups in your area that you can choose from; from general play groups, to baby music groups, baby gymnastics, baby yoga, swimming, messy play, the list could go on. Have a look around to see which groups fit with you!
What do you think of our 5 reasons to join a baby group? Have you been to any great baby groups? Are you too nervous to go to baby groups? Let us know in the comments below.