Way back last November I attended my first ever moms and babes class. Those of you who remember the review will recall how much I wondered if I would gain anything from the lessons (being that bear is the baby of 7 kiddies )
We are now in our 3rd term and Im genuinely concerned what we will do when Bear finishes his last term.
Vanessa has not just become our friend but also one of Bears favourite trusted adults. He spends hours staring at her in class (my boys first crush 😂😂)
We’ve met so many wonderful mommy’s and their amazing bears along the way and made a few lasting friendships.
But the question was always what would bear gain that he wouldn’t get from me at home ?
We started the classes when bear was 8 weeks old. Just a tiny newborn … nine months later I have a confident, social little boy who is not afraid of new people or groups. He is comfortable to leave me and explore his environment and loves playing with the other “babas”
I battled to bond with bear as a newborn . Broken ankle didn’t help either. Whilst I loved and adored my little bear cub I felt distant from him.
Our moms and babes classes have given me the chance to connect with bear. To enjoy his cuddles and have become a special sacred time for just us.
So much so that my new half day position allows me off on a Thursday to attend lessons.
Because of this I’m able to be in tune with bears needs and he is a much happier little boy. In fact we are very lucky. We are blessed with a smiling bear constantly.
Bear loves to sing and clap. We use all the songs from his lessons and he now sits in the car chair as we travel doing actions to the songs he knows.
I love watching how he claps his hands to ‘if you happy and you know it’ or how he tries to play ‘pat a cake ‘ with me .
I find I’m more award of his milestones than I was with the other bears and I’ve noticed he had reached his milestones a lot quicker than normal .
He seems to grasp concepts very quickly and had developed both a nice attention span (for a baby) and a curiosity about the world around him.
Gross and fine motor
Bear has very strong and well developed gross and fine motor skills.
He crawled and stood early. I atribute this to his tummy time exercises and the early classes where we aided in baby sitting.
He also has wonderful fine motor skills and doesn’t struggle with his pincer grip …just ask my cheek that he pinched last week 😂😂
Bear is never bored.
I find in school I can see the days he isn’t stimulated. He needs no sleep. After a moms and babes lesson an exhausted bear will often nod off for a nap🙄
We usually reinforce what he’s learnt at home and bear loves to redo the exercises he’s learnt.
Repetition is the key to learning at this age.
Again I always feel safe when a new activity is introduced as I know the program was designed by professionals and the instructors are well trained.
At the moment bears favourite activities are the action songs, sensory pools and posting boxes.
Mine have to be the cuddle time while I read him a story and the messy play. There is something too cute in watching a little one squish a new texture between their fingers.
Im greatfull each week that we chose to continue with our lessons.
I’m not a big fan of gift registers for many reasons .
Whilst I understand their function I was brought up to believe a gift is given from the heart and so you should be great full for what you recieve.
I also feel it rude to demand a particular gift and quite uncomfortable for those who can’t afford items on your list.
As for the tradition of asking for cash ….that just makes me cringe.
Whilst planning our wedding goodies I happened to find some fantastic ideas to gift couples that I thought I’d share with you for if you like me and prefer to just ignore the registery and buy a gift to give.
Gift the couple a gift to match each sense.for example sound …a favourite cd, sight…a photo of them in a cute frame, smell …a Reed diffuser for their room, taste …a box of chocolates and touch …a fluffy throw for the bed.
Shell and stone pictures
Make a romantic image by using shells and stones to form a romantic picture. There are many examples online.
These can be created using free image generators online and can incorporate the couples names and sentimental details.