Baby Classes in East Lothian
Looking for something to do with your baby? Here are the Massage Matter’s Mum’s favourite baby classes in East Lothian, including baby sensory, messy play and music classes.
I have included a link to times and days of the baby classes, which are correct at the time of publishing this post, however it’s best to contact the organiser or venue directly to confirm dates, times and details.
Suitable for: 0-4 years
Bookbugs has been a long standing favourite in our family, both in East Lothian and Edinburgh. It is a free, weekly session for babies, toddlers, pre-school children and their families, and takes place in the library. There’ll be songs, rhymes and stories, but don’t worry if your nursery rhymes aren’t up to scratch you’ll be joining in in no time! It’s also a fab place to meet other parents and babies.
Suitable for 0-5 years
Hullabaloo are fabulous parent and child music classes held in the Bridge Centre, Haddington and the Carriage House in Pencaitland. These are the first baby classes I did with Leo when we moved to Haddington. Every week there’ll be a different theme, for which Charlotte will have an array of accompanying musical instruments and props. They are run on a drop-in basis.
Messy play is a favourite past time in our house and so I was thrilled to hear when Katie launched Messy Madness Play last year. Held in various locations throughout East Lothian, sessions are themed and include a great variety of messy and sensory activities. The best thing about these baby classes? Someone else cleans up the mess! Keep an eye on the Messy Madness Play Facebook for upcoming sessions.
Suitable for: 9 weeks to 5 years
Baby Gym and Gym Monkeys are weekly classes held at the Aubigny Sports Centre in Haddington. As a mother to two very active, climbers and gymnast wannabes (!), these classes have been fantastic.
The Baby Gym classes are split into 2 different levels: 9 weeks old – crawling and crawling – 18mths old. In the Baby Gym class, parent and baby spend quality time together; working on interactive play, basic limb movement and baby socialisation. I can’t wait to start Gym Monkeys (18 months – 5 years) with Leo in the coming weeks, where he’ll be in his element exploring climbing frames, trampolines, balance beams and tunnels as well as songs and stretches in the circle time.
Suitable for: Birth to 13 months
It’s so exciting to welcome Baby Sensory classes to East Lothian. I loved the baby sensory sessions I did with Ella in Edinburgh but sadly there wasn’t anything available for Leo when I moved to Haddington, but that’s no longer the case! Baby Sensory is a baby class providing ideas for creative play, massage, tummy time, movement, and music in simple practical ways that can be easily repeated at home. Claire is offering weekly classes at Jabberwocky in Haddington and Hallhilll Sports Centre in Dunbar.
Suitable for: 12 weeks to 5 years
Now in their 11th year of tried & tested, fun, educational jingling, Jo Jingles offers weekly music and movement baby classes throughout East Lothian. There a weekly introduction to new and fun themes such as, colours, shapes, numbers and animals using well-known nursery rhymes, games, props, visuals and action songs to get little bodies jingling along!
Suitable for: 0-2 years
Although I have not been to Tiny Talk in East Lothian, I attending a similar baby classes in Edinburgh with Ella and absolutely loved it. Unfortunately there aren’t any Tiny Talk classes on at times when I can make it with Leo, otherwise we’d be there in a flash. Signing with your baby can help them communicate before verbal speech reducing frustrations and also encourages verbal speech. It’s a fantastic skill to learn and can be used by all members of the family, Ella loves teaching Leo signs which she has learnt and could not be happier than when he does them back to her.
Find out class times and venues on the the Tiny Talk East Lothian Facebook page.
I couldn’t not include my own baby massage classes, as it’s highlight of my week! Classes include a 5 week Introduction to Baby Massage where you’ll learn baby-led massage strokes for your baby’s legs, feet, stomach, chest, arms, hands, face and back. We also cover a short routine to relieve colic, wind and constipation and Gentle Movements, which are stretched based on the principals of Yoga.
During each class there is time for reflection and discussion around a variety of related topics and we cover various elements of theory, which will hopefully help you in the early months of parenthood. These include oils, best time for massage, the growing child, listening to babies and calming.
You will also meet new friends and have a chat over home baked cake! I like to see the classes as an opportunity to take time-out, unwind and spend quality-time with your baby.
If you have any classes you’d like to recommend, please post them in the comments below. I hope you find this useful!