Baby groups – how many is enough?

Recently, Little Man had an episode of Hand, Foot & Mouth. This resulted in us being on lockdown for a week as he wasn’t allowed any contact with other children for five days. This meant that we weren’t able to attend our normal baby groups – a music group on a Tuesday and a baby group on Thursday. It may not seem like much but we all missed this integral part of our routine.

It got me thinking about how many groups is the right number. Two seems to fit us due to:

*Time the twins see both sets of grandparents on a weekly basis and we also catch up with friends. They also have a routine to their day and group timings don’t always fit in this. Two tired, overstimulated babies is no fun for anyone!

* Cost most groups charge full price for one twin and 50% for the second. I recently looked at baby sensory classes and a ten week course for both of them was over was over £150.

* Socialisation I believe that babies & children need to mix with other children to develop social skills that can not be taught/developed in the home. However, this also requires me to use my social skills too. I’m shy & socially awkward by nature and find situations such as going to a new group make me anxious. I don’t want the twins to be impacted by this so I try to push myself to go but I also have to feel comfortable in the situation for us all to get the most from it. At the moment, I am comfortable with the groups we go to. I would like to add another group but when it’s the right time and the right group for all of us. If you know of any really good groups/activities, let me know and I’ll have a look.

How many groups do you do and how many do you think are the right amount?

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4 thoughts on “Baby groups – how many is enough?

  1. I only do one club a week with Flo at the moment, up until now I have felt she has been too young to get the most out of clubs so we have always gone along to one thing a week and then seen friends on a week often with young children and we see my parents at least once a week so we are out and about and socialising but not spending too much money. I would love to take her to something else now she is older but the cost of some of the groups is crazy so I’m going to have a look around. I think 1 or 2 things a week is perfect 🙂

    • Thank you. I feel think that they really get something out of the groups that they do. I would love to do a signing class but finding one that isn’t too expensive & fits our schedule is difficult x

  2. We haven’t returned to any of ours yet but I’m hoping to try getting back to one after Easter, I don’t know how it will go with all twins and a toddler but we’ll see! How do you find it? Like you we have a good routine going and i don’t want to disrupt that if I can help it, still I’m concious that Lucas needs to enjoy some playgroups aswell. The twins will be around four months old when I’m planning to go back so I think I’ll just give it a go and see what happens 🙂 xx

    • I only have the twins & there is always a willing spare pair of hands to help out when needed. The timings of the groups fit well around naps & feeds so they are in a good mood which always makes life easier. We started music when they were 15 weeks old & I took my mum with me. It’s been great to see how much they get out of it now x

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