'Baby Bliss' is a mother and baby class run by Manchester's Active Lifestyles, and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough! I’ve found it a great way to make new friends, and my baby loves the class! She smiles and giggles all the way through, and afterwards falls asleep.
The class starts with sensory play, introducing babies to new toys, textures, sounds and experiences. Then mums sing songs with their littles ones, doing lots of actions and involving the baby in the music and movement.
Next the babies get to enjoy parachute play, when they are placed in the middle while the parents wave a parachute above them; so colourful and eye catching for bub! Babies will also get some tummy time (great for developing strength and muscles), the chance to play with bubbles, and finally ending with a nice, relaxing baby massage.
The whole class is designed to help key areas of your baby’s development, as well as being a brilliant opportunity for mothers to bond with their little ones. But just as importantly, it gives mum the chance to meet other parents and form friendships, which can help to combat postnatal depression, and is a great way to get out of the house for a few hours.
The class is suitable from birth up to 9 months. Don’t worry about bringing baby too soon, I took my daughter for the first time when she was 3 weeks old and we both really enjoyed it. The class is very much led by the babies, so if your baby wants to sleep or feed all the way through the class - that’s perfectly fine!
'Baby Bliss' classes take place at various locations across Manchester, including:
Harpurhey Children’s Centre – Thursday, 9.30am Levenshulme Children’s Centre – Thursday, 9.30am North Gorton Children’s Centre – Thursday, 11.15am Newton Heath Children’s Centre – Thursday, 11.15am Old Moat Children’s Centre – Thursday, 13.15pm Chorlton Library Children’s Centre – Tuesday, 11.45am Catalyst Youth Centre – Tuesday, 10.00am West Didsbury Sure Start – Wednesday, 9.30am Charlestown Children’s Centre– Wednesday, 11.30am
Classes cost £1 for Manchester residents and £2 for non-residents, so it’s cheap as chips! Some Sure Start Centres are only open to local residents, so make to check beforehand that you are able to attend if you're outside of the local area. Classes run throughout the year and even during the school holidays.
What are you waiting for? Get your baby down to your nearest class now!
Gouri Lal Hypnobirthing in Didsbury uses Easibirthing – a Holistic Birth Preparation course which has been developed in conjunction with UK midwives to enable you to have a more positive birth experience.