Claire sent me a message asking me if I could do a post on things to do with babies in the rain: ” I’m finding it hard when the weather is bad to find things to do that are baby friendly and fun for me? ”
Great suggestion for a post, especially with the weather as it is! Hopefully this is helpful!
Check out this post first: http://www.northhantsmum.co.uk/activities/baby-classes/
Visit a local Children’s Centre
I recommend checking out the classes that are available at your local Children’s centre. We did a Baby Peep class and Baby Massage class and they were both brilliant.
The classes are also nearly always subsidised, so if money is tight, these classes can be a blessing! You normally don’t pay over £1.50 per class and some are even free.
Many centres (like, Octopus, Honeycomb and Pebbles) also have play areas that you can just turn up to. You don’t need to book these facilities and can just turn up when the centre is open. Many have facilities where you can make yourself a cuppa for a nominal fee and also have breastfeeding and bottle feeding facilities.
It costs nothing to use these facilities and your little ones will love the new toys they can play with. You will also probably meet at least one other Mum.
Softplay – Bouncing Tots and Active Tots have areas for small babies.
Swimming – Basingstoke Sports centre has a small pool that is kept at 32 degrees and open between 12 and 1.30 on a week day and is an open session.
I would also check out the QMC pool as we swam in there last year and it was really warm! Also check out my recent review of Basingstoke Aquadrome.
Pots 2 Paint – Viables Craft Centre
A great way to get some special Christmas (or birthday) presents done. Handprints or footprints of your little one whilst they are tiny, will be treasured forever!
Baby Massage Classes
We did a baby massage class through our local children’s centre and I really enjoyed it. It was a great opportunity to bond with my daughter when she was tiny.
There are also several Mum’s in the area who run their own Baby Massage classes. I posted a list of them recently HERE.
Find some Mummy friends!
There are lots of Mum groups in the area who are on Facebook. It’s a great and easy way to keep in touch. If you are feeling a bit lonely, then post something up and you will be overwhelmed with the response. You can find some of these groups HERE.
North Hampshire Mum’s are VERY friendly and supportive :-D.
Grab a coffee and cake
There are LOADS of little cafe’s in the area which are very supportiive of new parents. My favourite for new parents is Elm Tree Garden centre (which I haven’t been to for ages!) which even supplies wet wipes in emergencies!
I also really love the Parlour Tea rooms, but it’s very popular now (for a good reason!) so you need to book in advance. It can get VERY busy.
A new tea shop has also opened out on the way to Tadley, The Curiositea Room, which I hope to check out soon as it looks lovely! I still haven’t been to the Tea Bar at the top of town either, which looks lovely too!
Go for a walk
Yes, I know it’s raining. Sometimes though, it’s just good to wrap up and get out of the house. Put the waterproof cover on the pushchair and just go out of the house and get wet. It’s not going to hurt either of you to get some fresh air, just make sure your baby is well covered.
We love Basing Wood and the Lime Pits (as I’ve raved about before!) but there is a great list of local walks suitable for pushchairs HERE. You can also see a reviews I’ve done recently on Alice Holt and Farleigh Mount.
Go (window) shopping
There are lots of local independent shops in the area. You can find a list of them HERE.
Also, you can’t go wrong in Festival Place. It’s mostly covered and sometimes it’s nice to just wonder around or people watch.
Debenhams cafe has a bottle warmer and microwave if you are weaning.
Classes listed on NHM that are suitable for Babies
BuggyFit, 1pm, Basing Wood.
Coffee Afternoon 2-4pm – FREE wireless internet available, Sherfield Park Community Centre.
Monkey Music Basingstoke and Alton, Christ Church, Chineham
Sing Along and Smile, 10am to 11am, Sherfield Park Community Centre.
Tiny Talk – Baby signing class. St Michael’s Church cottage, 11am to 12pm
The Nest, Christ Church, Chineham
PlayDays Parent and Baby Club, 10.30am to 12.30pm, (term time only)
Newbie’s cinema at the Odeon 10.15am. 0 -24 months
Active Tots, up to 18 months only 2 – 4pm. Don’t forget your socks! (This session is postponed during July and August)
Gym Mini’s, 3 classes: Early years’ (crawling to 2 yrs) class at 9.40 am; 2 to 3 year class at 10.30 am; 3 to 5 year class at 11.30 am. Hook Community Centre, Ravenscroft, Hook, Hants, RG27 9NN
Tiny Talk Baby Signing Class, 10:00am – 11:00pm, Christ Church, Reading Road, Chineham, RG24 8LT
FitMama and Baby Ballet, 10.30am, Crawlers to 3yrs, The FitMama Studio, Stroudley Road, RG24 8UP (Term time only)
BuggyFit, 1pm at Sherfield Park Community Centre
Gym Mini’s, 3 classes: Early years’ (crawling to 2 yrs) class at 9.40 am; 2 to 3 year class at 10.30 am; 3 to 5 year class at 11.30 am. Four Marks Village Hall. Lymington Bottom. Four Marks. Nr. Alton. GU34 5AA
Teeny Tiny Tots, 2pm to 4pm, Active Tots, Bramley. up to 18 months only 2 – 4pm. Don’t forget your socks! (This session is postponed during July and August)
Jelly Babies Swimming at Tadley Swimming Pool
Basingstoke Mumbaba Fridays 9.30 & 11am at Christ Church, Reading Road in Chineham.
£3.80 per family session.
Bump into Mums, 10am to 12pm, Sherfield Park Community Centre
NCT Bumps and Babes, 10am to 12pm at Brookvale Hall. You don’t need to be an NCT member to attend. Costs £2 which includes drinks and cake.
BuggyFit, 10.30am, Basing Wood
Places to Go
This is actually a tough one. Especially when it’s raining. These are some of the places that I went too when I had a small baby, that I found were supportive of Mum’s with tiny ones.
- Milestones Museum
- The Vyne – although watch out for the gerriatrics who can get upset over buggies being in the way :-D.
- RHS Wisley Gardens – yes, this is a bit of a trek, but they are very baby friendly and even have a discreet baby feeding area in their main restaurant.