My new year’s resolution is to sign Freya and I up for some baby groups…so here goes!
Until now I’m ashamed to say we haven’t tried any, I blame moving house and work, but it’s probably more to do with me being a little nervous. What if Freya starts crying and I can’t control her? What if I don’t fit in with the other mums? And so on. But when I found freya tearing the sheets from a toilet roll, before pushing her face into the side of the bath, I realised she probably needs more than me for entertainment. I know that interacting with other babies will help her development, and now we’ve finally settled in Hither Green, I’d love Freya and I to make some local friends. So I researched the groups on my doorstep and found there were loads of really interesting ones! (See below for my tips on finding out what’s on in your area)
Finally, I had to actually bite the bullet and go to a group. It was at my local children’s centre that I made my first daunting entrance. Within minutes of arriving I quickly realised that however shy I felt, Freya would be in charge of any introductions. In fact she crawled away from me and took a tractor off a little boy, before emptying a box of toys and staring at the other toddlers with a look of utter concentration. It was incredible to see her interacting with the other babies, even when one little boy had a whole handful of her hair and we had to carefully uncurl his fingers from her blonde locks. I got chatting to the other mums, who admitted they loved the respite which comes with having your toddler occupied, if only for an hour or so a week. At the end of the group we all sang songs and I packed Freya off in her buggy with the happiest heart I’ve had for ages. Within seconds my little girl, famed for her boundless energy, had fallen fast asleep. Bliss!
Next I registered us at our local library and found they ran weekly Baby Bounce sessions.