I’d always thought “Mommy and Me” classes were silly. Lilu used to be in gymnastics class, and while she was learning the bars and balance beam, there was another group of moms (and one dad) that sat in a circle on a mat while their little babies rolled around. Who would pay money for that??
This year Lilu is in swimming (we wanted her to be proficient so we’ll know she is safe when she is not with us), and again, there are also baby options available. In a smaller pool off to the side little diapered infants splash and play with toys while in their parents’ arms.
Hubby has been pushing me to sign up with Annabelle:
She loves her baths!
You’ll meet other moms!
It will be FUN!
I had a variety of comebacks:
It’s a waste of money.
She won’t really be learning anything.
I don’t want to put on a bathing suit yet.
But one day we all went to watch Lilu as a family, and Annabelle practically threw herself in the direction of the pool. (Good thing Daddy has strong arms and fast reflexes!) She mimicked the big kids, flailing her arms and legs and squealing with glee. Seeing that reaction, I just knew she would love being IN the water instead of sitting and watching behind the glass window.
So I signed up. And I bought my first bathing suit in two years. (Not the most pleasant experience, but I did it!) And the next week Annabelle and I had our first Mommy and Me swim class. And she loved it! She splashed harder than all of the other babies combined. I was every bit as soaked as she was by the end of the half hour.
Sure, she’s not learning to swim on her own yet, but she is learning to be comfortable in the water, which is a good background for water safety. She’s also learning social skills: interacting with other babies, waiting her turn for activities, and giving back toys when it’s time to move on to something new.
If myself just five years ago could see myself now, hanging out in a pool (in a fairly modest tankini) with a group of moms and babies on Thursday mornings, I’m not sure I’d even believe it! However, it’s been a great experience so far, and I find myself actually looking forward to next week’s class.
Just a few of ways mommy-baby activities can benefit both of you:
- Physical activity improves baby’s motor development
- A group setting lets baby practice social skills: sharing, taking turns, interacting with other babies
- A change of scenery– something besides being at home and the usual daily routine
- The opportunity to make new friends
You might even be able to find FREE or discounted activities by checking with your local park, community center, church, schools, etc. If you have the opportunity, I definitely recommend getting out of the house and bonding with your baby over something a little different than the norm. You might find that YOU actually benefit as much as your little one!
Do you take a Mommy and Me class with you little one(s)? I’d love to hear about your experience!
Check out these other ideas for getting active with your children: