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2. Join a Baby PEEP course
3. Go swimming with your baby
Go swimming with your baby (after 12 weeks old) at the Sports Centre in the week or QMC swimming pool at the weekend. See here for more details. You can check out other baby and child friendly swimming pools HERE. Or maybe look into structured classes with Water Babies.
4. Go to a baby weighing clinic
Go to The Nest at Chineham Church on a Monday morning. I always found the cafe area to be lovely as everyone was very friendly and willing to chat to each other, even if you didn’t know them beforehand! You can check out other baby weighing clinics HERE.
5. Find your local Children’s Centre
Visit your local Children’s Centre and ask them about the facilities available. Find details of all of the Children’s Centres in North Hampshire here. A lot of the classes on offer have a reduced cost so if you are struggling for money during your maternity leave, check out the Children’s Centres for support and low cost classes.
6. Visit a local coffee or tea shop
Visit the Little Roses Coffee Shop in Elm Tree Garden Centre for coffee and cake with your friends who are also on maternity leave. You can find other baby friendly tea and coffee shops HERE. I also recently reviewed The Parlour TeaRoom which also comes highly recommended.
7. Go to the Newbies cinema
Go to Newbies cinema on a Monday morning at the Odeon. It’s specifically for parents with babies. The sound is reduced and it’s half lighting so you can still see your baby. Much cheaper than normal cinema tickets and includes free biscuits and tea and coffee (if you get there before the Senior cinema oldies demolish the lot at 11am!). Also recommend signing up to their Odeon Club as you get points and it’s amazing how quickly they rack up and convert into free tickets or free food! Miss NHM went to the cinema every week from 3 weeks old till 6 months old!
8. Take a a Baby Massage Course
You can book independently here or investigate whether one of the local children’s centres has a course. (this tends to work out much cheaper!) Gail who often does the courses is lovely and a real calming influence. Try Baby Bump Bliss or Massage for Mum’s.
9. Go to a Baby Rhymetime session
Go to a Baby RhymeTime session (normally hosted at one of the libraries).
10. Visit “Coffee and Chat on a Friday morning
Visit “Coffee and Chat” on a Friday morning. This group also host a “Sling Day” on the 1st Friday of the month (see here and here for previous posts about slings) and they also do bra fittings on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month.
11. Have a photography session with your newborn
You can click HERE for a list of family friendly photographers in the area. Some do specific newborn packages, so have a look through.
12. Join a local baby class
There are LOADS going on in the area (Tots Play, Buggy Fit, Baby Signing, Baby Sensory, Splatter Monkeys are just a few). To find more details about which classes are available have a look at the Activities Page on NorthHantsMum.co.uk which lists classes by day.
13. Take some hand prints whilst your baby is tiny
Get a head start on those all important first Christmas presents at Pots2Paint. Perfect for creating keepsakes from your baby for your loved ones.
I found it really important to get out and about with my little one in those first few months. The house became thoroughly neglected but it was totally worth it for my sanity!
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