These days, there are SO many things you can do with your child from the moment they’re born. Postnatal fitness classes, baby sensory classes, music classes, dancing classes, gym, swim, phonics, sign language, French, football, rugby (yes, really) and even balance bike classes (wtf)!
There isn’t an opportunity for boredom as long as you have the time, the effort and the money.
I started taking my little boy to these kind of classes when he was around 2 years old as I thought he was at the right age to listen, learn and socialise more. Before that, I would take him to soft play centres, playgroups and rhyme time sessions at the local library which are all centred around free play.
Is it worth it?
For me, the main reason I take him to these classes is because he’s not in nursery full time, therefore, the rest of the days go very slow if I don’t find things for him to do.
Plus, it allows me to make some kind of effort in my appearance by getting out of the house more!
I’ve also managed to meet some great mummy friends from some toddler classes, which is always great for your little one to have another play mate.
The classes don’t cost much for a weekly session, but when you start adding more and more classes (which generally only run for about an hour), then the pennies start to add up!
So if you’re thinking of taking your little one to toddler classes any time soon, then its worth being wise on your investment!
I would recommend looking for classes that give a free trial. Especially if they require to sign up and pay monthly or invest in some sort of uniform afterwards.
A trial will also allow you to test the waters with your little one, if he/she is more on the shy side, and also to gauge your little one’s interest in the class.
There’s nothing to lose with a free trial, so why not?
Take note of what your little one is into. My little boy never liked messy play and would rather throw a ball than kick it but he loves music, swimming and reciting his ABCs so I had a pretty good idea what kind of classes he would enjoy.
Rather wait to see what interests he picks up than pushing him into all sorts of activities which he might not enjoy.
Don’t expect your little one to turn into a footballer, gymnastic or musician from these classes. If you take it too seriously and try pushing them too much, it may backfire and they won’t enjoy it.
The aim of these classes are for learning socialisation skills, listening and observing, taking instructions, being active but most importantly for your little one, having FUN.
If you find a certain class not very good, don’t be afraid of dropping out. A lot of the classes are bunched in terms and you can sometimes get a discount by paying upfront for a full term, but if you’re halfway through and find that your little one isn’t enjoying it then you should be able to ask for a refund.
Its nice to get to know the organisers of the classes, but if you personally find that the classes are no longer relevant or isn’t as good anymore, then stop going and try others out there that are similar.