The 2 big activities that many parents seem to favour when it comes to their little ones are swimming and signing.
I think people like the idea of baby signing because we desperately want to help our babies communicate and to communicate with them in order to establish our relationships and relieve their frustrations.
In regard to swimming I think we all want our babies to learn to swim as soon as possible as on a very basic level it could save their life.
Paying for baby activities can be expensive. I have a few hints and helpers for you in regard to this:
1 Try before you buy. Do ask if it possible to try out sessions before you book a course to see if you like the teacher, the time of day suits your baby, the other parents are friendly. You don’t want to waste your money. Many classes won’t advertise this option but they will let you do it – and remember, they want your custom.
2 When it comes to new born baby gifts rather than a cheque for the bank account for some point in the future, maybe you could ask grandparents, aunts or uncles if they would like to provide some swimming lessons perhaps instead? This is also an idea when asked at birthdays for idea. I know my sons great granddad loved being the one to provide his swimming lessons.
3 You can always just book for one term of classes observe the teacher really well then continue by yourself. For me, it was the social side of activities that I liked best so this option would not really have worked for me, but if it’s the skill development you are after then this could be a good plan.
4 Investing in key accessories to teach children how to swim will make subsequent self-teaching easier. Swimming experts Zoggs have a great range of swimming aids to help install that extra boost of confidence for your children in the water.
5 There are always ways to save a bit of money. I have found most baby classes money well spent and really enjoyed them. But don’t try and do them all and don’t feel you have to go on and on and on doing the same thing. Plus parent and baby groups are often just £1 you only pay when you go AND you get a drink too so don’t discount them either!