How many of you go to one of these toddler groups?

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  1. Mum2betash

    Mum2betash Well-Known Member

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    My lo is almost 8months old and I've never been to one of these toddler groups. I take her to the park where I see other mummies and she see's other children but she never seems interested in them. She does sometimes see 2 other babies when we bump into them abd stop for a chat, but doesn't even look at then. Anyway my HV today said I should be going to a toddler group, but I don't really see the point?! What's the big deal with it and do you go?? Xx
     
  2. CARNAT22

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    I don't go to any and probably wont to be honest.

    I live in a "yummy mummy" part of town and the experiences I have already have put me off for life.

    Luckily James has lots of cousins the same age (one 6 months older, one 3 weeks younger and two who will be about 8 - 10 months younger than him!) Plus he has a few older cousins too [2 years + older than him] and I have friends with kids...

    However if I didn't have so many kids around me maybe I'd reconsider??

    xxxxx
     
  3. Nat26

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    Just stepped back in from our morning out at toddler group and the park. I love these groups and so does Jack - I've made so many new friends and Jack gets to play with new toys and interact with other children. I think they are brilliant, I couldn't cope if we stayed in all week and Jack would hate it as he'd get very bored. Also the mess is made away from home!! Its a win situation all round for us but I have been going to groups since Jack was 10 weeks old.
     
  4. CARNAT22

    CARNAT22 Well-Known Member

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    We very rarely have a day in, but we live withing walking distance of many parks, Hampsted Heath and I can also walk to the Thames and to most of the sights in London so we very rarely get bored.

    I have a bad foot at the moment though so I'm doing things much closer to home.

    Lots of people are very positive about groups but sadly I've had 3 horrible encounters.

    I do go to the odd sing along things with a friend. To be honest James normally sleeps when we are out anyway.

    I signed up for baby yoga and baby massage when James was born but they were so oversubscribed it never happened.

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  5. busymummy

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    I tried with my eldest and we didn't like them tbh so gave them up after a couple of sessions. She had like 1 or 2 kids she played with but up until she went to playgroup the large majority of the time she was just spending time with me and she wasn't behind in social skills or that, perfectly normal child. I won't be bothering to even try any groups with Logan, although with having Cas and all her wee pals form playgroup he is often surrounded by kids x
     
  6. mrswoody

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    I go to groups and that is because I had no friends who have babies so I wanted to make new friends. I also have no family support where I live as they are all 400miles away.

    They aren't for everyone and I've only had positive experiences. I've met some lovely people and we meet up a lot and have started meeting up without babies too.

    It's upto you if you want to go but no harm in trying and if you don't like it then nothing lost :) x
     
  7. clairebear22

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    We couldn't get to a group even if we wanted too! I don't drive and the 2 buses that come here don't go anywhere near anything interesting. Plus they're small and the boys 'limo' as i like to call our double buggy (it's bloomin long lol) probably wouldn't fit on them lol.

    Like Carnat's LO, my boys have cousins who they see pretty often. We have two 5 year olds, then Jack, then one 11 days younger, then 4 months younger then Harry. We've also started having Vickyxx from here round for a playdate every Friday with her LO so Jack & Harry do see other children often.

    If i could get to a group i'd probably give it a go but from experience through childminding some are extremely cliquey!! I'd quite like to run one one day actually! x
     
  8. Claire123

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    I havent been to any yet. Im working up courage to go to the one up the road but im just concerned that it will just be toddlers running about and my LO will be too young to get anything out of it (shes 5 months). If there was a baby sensory/music group type thing local I would deffo go. X

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  9. AmyQ

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    I took Evan to one and it was nice. I don't have any mummy friends, and despite the next youngest baby there being 9 months it was nice to interact with other mums. And they were all cooing over Evan too :). I won't go religiously though, but it's good to know it's there xx
     
  10. toni64539

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    I've never gone. Again, like others, my two have a bazillion cousins and my friends kids so we do play dates often and 'mummy mornings' at eachothers houses, and everyother week we go to a play gym like dragons den/wacky warehouse etc with friends and their kids. But still Sol doesnt really 'play' with other kids, until they're about 3 they just sort of play alongside. And in January Sol is going to nursery two mornings a week so he will get more interaction there.
     
  11. vinandbella

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    I've been to a bf group which I'll prob go to again, I'm lucky that out of my group of friends I'm one of the last ones to have a baby so we meet once a week :)


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  12. Mum2betash

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    So most mummies go then lol. I'm not into these kind of things but I'll do anything for my lo. Is t actually benifical for them or is it more for mothers meetings. I can't see what she would do there, all she does is roll over, can't sit or anything and she is never interested in other babies.. Thank you for all your replies xx
     
  13. BevG

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    i go to a few, ive always gone to breastfeeding groups, then baby massage, baby swimming sessions and a playgroup. Alyssa loves them, the playgroup has so many new toys she goes mad running round, chatting to ppl and playing with the toys. she really likes other babies now but at first she was unsure of them and ignored them where now she gives them toys or tries to talk to them, its really cute. i think its important for her to learn social skills now where i can guide her rather than just throwing her into the deep end when she goes to preschool or nursery whatever lol. i personally wouldnt bother if it wasnt for her benefit, i dont have may friends and im not that bothered about making any but i do think its really good for her to be independant and play well with others. swimming is a great skill for any child to learn and she loves it so much that id go even if i was afraid of water, thats how happy it makes her. baby massage was fun for the first 6 months then she got too squirmy and i go to a book group in the local library where they sing and play which she loves
     
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    I've been to a couple... There not my cup of tea. The toddlers was better than the actual baby classes. But the mums can be quite cliquey... I think I will go back to toddlers when it starts up again after the summer holidays... It just gives them a chance to be in a social atmosphere and with other children. Maybe out there comfort zone a little.xxx
     
  15. Ella1979

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    I left going to anything until my LO was just past 1 year old. We went to a "baby sensory" group. It was really good and because she was old enough she was able to get lots out of it (at least she always looked like she was having fun, especially with all the musical instruments). There were a couple of really little babies there (youngest was just 4 months) and to be honest, they didn't get anything out of it at all - spent most of the time either sleeping or crying!

    I met some really nice mums and now we meet up outside the group. That was a real bonus - I didn't have any friends with kids, so it's nice to have a couple to see (I hate boring my friends with baby stuff when they don't have babies!).

    I will definitely be taking my next one to the baby sensory group, but only when they can sit and interact properly. I think the groups should be for their benefit first and if the mums get something out of it, then that's a bonus.
     
  16. Karate Kid

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    We go to quite a few and I have met some lovely people through them. I didnt know that many people with babies and I love getting out and about xx


     
  17. babybee

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    I go to baby massage, baby yoga and baby singing group. I've met some lovely ladies from these classes and we go for picnics and coffee. It helps get me out and about, helps my lo nap as she naps whilst I walk, she enjoys the socialising and I don't feel like I'm being imprisoned in my house.
    Like others, I don't have many friends with babies so if I didn't go to these groups I would be stuck inside or be constantly looking forward to seeing my mum or my husband so I could do something different. I also live in an area where I'm spoilt for choice with baby centers, I have 5 nearby that I can pick from and 4 gorgeous local parks I can meet other mums in. I'm going back to work after mat leave so I'm 'living the dream' whilst I can!xxx
     
  18. Jajis

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    I first went to an 'under ones' group at my local children's centre when Alex was about five weeks old - I set myself a challenge to go to it as I hadn't been out the house without another adult since before Alex was born and I felt like I was going mad :oooo: The people at that one, and at the children's centre near where I moved to in November have all been very nice, staff and the other mums. However, I've mostly been going for Alex because he really likes the toys they have and he likes seeing other babies (I don't really know any one who has babies). I've never bothered to try and make friends because at the first one I knew I was moving in a couple of months, and at the second one I've known pretty much all along that we'd be moving 25 miles away at some point soon, so there just didn't seem much point.

    When we move in about two months time I'm going to make a real effort to go to more and make friends - for both me and Alex. I'll be back at work by then, but only part time, so I'm hoping there'll be some groups on my days off.
     
  19. Sunbeam638

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    It's daunting but for me I commute from where I live so didn't have any friends locally. i went to a baby group, sensory & swimming and I have forged some great friendships...if you don't feel you need them I wouldn't bother but for me was a life line as we have no family close xx
     
  20. jcox

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    I go to toddler sense which is brilliant. I went to a couple of baby classes but personally I don't think they get much out of them until they are about 1. My Lo is 15 months now and I never miss a class as I know how much she loves it.xx
     

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