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Monday, 7 September 2015

Mother & Toddlers - An Update!

Sorry for the rubbish photo - he doesn't stay still long enough and is constantly running about!

We started going to a Mother and Toddlers group back in January when Elliott was 6 months old. We could have gone earlier but I felt that he would have not benefited as much as he was a non moving baby. At 6 months old he was sitting up by himself and attempting to crawl (we called it the worm!) I felt I took him at the right age as he has thieved from attending it. 

We attend the Mother and Toddlers every Tuesday and Wednesday morning 9:30am - 11:30am/noon. With Elliott being a lazy baby - don't worry I'm not wishing this away, ever! He sometimes is not up in time for it starting, but we usually arrive 9:45am/10am. 
As soon as we get into the room, he is gone! I don't even get a backwards glance! 

He absolutely loves attending and has made some really good friends in the same age bracket. 

The Toddlers he attends is also a ticket into the Playgroup which is held in the next room. Playgroup is from 2 and a half up to 5 years old, and from there he will go straight into Primary School. 

So for this reason, I make sure we go every Tuesday and Wednesday as I want to get him use to going and feeling comfortable leaving me. 
All the friends he has made in the past 9 months will all be going through at the same time, so he will not be starting something new by himself which for me is something that fills me with a little comfort. 

In Toddlers they have many toys and activities that they can partake in if they wish and usually he does, which is great - I got my first Mothers Day card made at Toddlers (Yes I was there, yes I helped!) We also made a homemade Fathers Day card too. These are memories that we will cherish, in fact I have popped them into his keepsakes box. 

Along with Elliott enjoying himself and making friends, I have made some friends, friends that I feel I have known my entire life. I would not have met them if we had never gone to Mothers and Toddlers.

I love going too, I hear all these horror stories of baby groups and they are all very bitchy and don't give the newbies a second glance, at the Toddlers we attend I can't say I have ever felt that, everyone was and still are so welcoming and keep me occupied with many, many cups of tea! It's a fantastic place for advice if you are unsure or if you think somethings not right - guaranteed one person has or is going through the same thing and will offer some helpful advice. 

I personally think every little one should attend something similar and meet new little friends, even if it is to give you a little break from having a baby around you 24/7. Elliott is thriving and is certainly coming on leaps and bounds from being at a group - his talking and social skills being the main things! He has a good group of friends that he would never have met if we hadn't gone along!

Do you attend any Baby Groups?

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20 comments:

  1. I love going to baby and toddler groups they learn so much, I go on maternity at the end of the week and will be taking my 10 mth old to a few a week

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    1. They do don't they! Aww that sounds good - enjoy it! Thanks for commenting! x

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  2. We did some diddy baby groups when I was very small, but I started nursery at 6 months and our free days were spent travelling around. They are very beneficial though and sounds like you enjoy them and the 'pleasant' crowd of other mummies. x #BabyBrainMonday

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    1. Aww did you! They're great arent they but so is travelling! Enjoy! Thanks for commenting! x

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  3. I used to love going to toddler groups, just getting out of the house and meeting with other mums was lovely. Beautiful photo

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    1. Yes thats exactly how it is for me too! Aww thank you - thanks for commenting too x

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  4. I love toddler groups. Always good to get out of the house, and I haven't found them bitchy at all, so I guess I've been lucky! #babybrainmonday

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    1. Me too, they are arent they! Im glad you have the same experience as me! Thanks for commenting! x

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  5. My eldest one was at nursery since she was almost 1 so we never went to a toddler group but my little one (1 year old) will not go to nursery yet so I'm thinking that I should start looking for this soon as she needs to interact with other kids too. I would love to have the same experience like you. Thanks for sharing, xx
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    1. Aww that sounds good though, least they are getting some interaction young! we love going! thanks for commenting x

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  6. Aww this is great for little man, glad he doing so well there and how great he can go straight to Primary school from there. xx

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    1. Yeah thats a bonus, we love it! Thanks for commenting love x

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  7. This is lovely - I attended one with my first but it was a little harder with my second. It's so lovely to hear him getting on so well. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

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    1. Aww, defo try with your second, its so much fun! No problem! Thanks for commenting! x

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  8. I used to attend mother and toddler group with my first child every Monday and Wednesdays. I loved it. But it was different and hader when my second child came along! Thanks so much for linking up with #justanotherlinky

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    1. Oh did you! Its good fun isnt it, oh no really! Thanks for commenting! x

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  9. So glad you've had such a fab experience and that Elliot enjoys it so much :) I never did enough of this stuff and I beat myself up over it so much. The anxiety of taking him places alone always overcame me. Frustrating looking back. I guess nursery now hopefully makes up for it a little?! Though it feels a lot different to being able to stay with him there. Cherish those moments Hun. He's adorable x thanks for linking up #babybrainmonday x

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    1. Yeah we do, and he does! Oh i can totally understand that, its so daunting!! Thank you we sure will - thank you for commenting! xx

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  10. I've gone to groups since as early as I can remember and both mine have loads of fun at them. We start a new art group this week which I'm looking forward to x

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    1. Oh that sounds good fun!! enjoy it! Thanks for commenting! x

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