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?