Hey lovelies, Hope you’re all warm and well.
We’ve been going to a baby group called “baby sensory” since the middle of august when Oliver was just 8 weeks old. I wanted to share with you how we found our first term, what we learnt and if we’ll be returning back next term. Hopefully you enjoy this baby sensory review.
So what is baby sensory?
A weekly session run by a trained leader covering all areas of baby development. Focusing on sensory exploration, different activities are planned each week to stimulate the senses and develop their ever growing skills. With a different topic each week the sessions consider the baby and parent needs. The class runs from newborn to 13 months, after this there’s a toddler sense class.
Our first session.
Initially, I was worried that Oliver was too young to understand and appreciate the classes. He was only 8 weeks when we joined and I was a little apprehensive. This was our first baby group. Wasn’t sure what to expect or how Oliver would react. The first session we attended was actually being covered by one of my neighbours which was funny. It was nice to see a familiar face. The group started with a lovely little song called “Say hello to the sun” (which we now listen to in the car when Oliver kicks off). Parents are encourage to sing along and sign to their babies. I am not the best at baby sign but I picked it up fairly quickly. After this the activities started. We looked at reflections in mirrors, explored high contrast flash cards, had a puppet show with lights and music and explored different textures/shapes. When we were half way through the session, there was a little break. This is so that babies don’t experience sensory overload. It’s also a great way to meet new mum friends, feed or change your little one.
The first term.
We enjoyed our taster session so much that we signed Oliver up for the term. My worries of him being too young seemed so silly now because there was lots of little babies and he was seemed fascinated by everything. The topics this term were music and action, teletubbies, India, weather, water and and end of term party (as pictured above). Typically Oliver slept through teletubbies week and the baby pumpkin party, the two session I was looking forward too. He loves looking at the light up toys when it’s dark, exploring different fabrics (the kid loves holding material) and parachute games. Sometimes activities include me singing or dancing with him which I thought I would find embarrassing but it was fine because I wasn’t the only one and nobody is even looking at me.
Stand out moments for me would be India week. We actually did this session at another group but Oliver loved all the music, sounds and smells.
Does it benefit parents too?
I now know much more Baby sign! With my job I knew the basics like food, colour, a song or two and the alphabet but I have extended my knowledge on signing and can sign more relevant words to baby. Baby sensory has actually made ME more confident in new social situations, something which I found a little daunting before. I got chatting to some other mummies and it’s nice to have adult interaction haha. Also, I have such a better understanding of baby development and how I can help support my little mans learning at home. Although I worked with children for 6 years now, my experience with little babies was minimal. I’m much more better equipped with knowledge to help Oliver and I love that (should also be beneficial when I return to work). Also picked up some great little stretches to do with Oliver that I do once or twice a day with him now to help strengthen his muscles, he finds them hilarious.
Are we returning?
Yes we are. Oliver gains so much from baby sensory. He doesn’t have siblings so until he goes to nursery next year it’s fab for his social skills. He gains so much from the sessions and so do I. I love our little group, everyone is so friendly and our class leader Sam is wonderful. We love baby sensor and if there is a class near you I would really recommend trying it out.
That’s pretty much the end of my Baby sensory review. If you wanna find out more, have a look on their website. Hopefully you found this useful.
Let me know if you go to baby sensory with your little one below.
Are there any other baby groups you’d recommend?
Kisses and Love