Baby Groups? When/Did you start?

(16 Posts)
FraggleRock77 Tue 11-Feb-14 18:14:45

Me again. Just moved area and need to make new friends. DS 16 Wks old now 6 corrected. I really want to attend a baby group but I'm worried about infections. DS has been infection free apart from a small snuffle! Any advice/experience? X

workingtitle Tue 11-Feb-14 19:32:48

I think DS (18 weeks) hasn't picked anything up as yet from a baby group, though I was really worried about that (he has neutropenia still so particularly prone to infection). Often people just hold their babies in their laps. I sometimes keep DS in a sling so he naps.

plentyofsoap Sat 15-Feb-14 17:36:24

Hi we have been on a couple of surestart courses. Only one day a week. All fine but fed up with small baby comments.

chipsorchocolate Sat 15-Feb-14 17:55:21

Have you thought about looking on the Bliss website, they have family groups for parents whose babies have been on a neonatal unit in lots of areas.

FraggleRock77 Sat 15-Feb-14 19:40:46

I've looked Chips, non in the Oxford area. I even posted on the site to see if there was anyone local but no response. Going to eat worms!!! Lots of other groups in our area though, could do one a day if i wanted but i suppose I'm nervous! X

Supershiv1 Wed 19-Feb-14 07:36:02

I do baby sing and sign with Oliver. All babies younger than him so similar size, plus as not crawling not sticking fingers/dummies etc in each others mouths.
Apart from that I go to neonatal coffee mornings run by the hospital - all ex hospital babies so the parents keep them away if snuffley as they get it.
perhaps ask your new local hospital?

Hi,
You could take a look at the local pages for you area, there's a local meet up page.

https://mobile.twitter.com/MNetOxfordshire
local.mumsnet.com/oxfordshire/things-to-do
local.mumsnet.com/oxfordshire

LocalEditorOxford Wed 19-Feb-14 08:24:35

Hey FraggleRock - I'm sorry nobody responded. The number of people we have on the talk boards is increasing slowly, but slowly is the definitive word!

As Cambridgeshire suggested, you could try the Oxfordshire boards too. Alternatively, we're having an Oxfordshire meet-up next Tuesday, in Didcot, which you'd be very welcome to come along to, even if it's just to get out of the house and have a coffee with some others who've been through what you're going through!

As for Baby groups, I found them reasonably germ free, it's the toddler groups that seem to spread bugs like wild fire, so if you find a nice group in Oxford then your little one would probably be OK. (and if you do go along to one, could you leave a review so others can see what you thought of it?)

Hope this is helpful and keep an eye on the local boards - maybe there'll be someone to talk to next year soon! ;)

LocalEditorOxford Wed 19-Feb-14 08:29:20

Doh - just realised why your name was so familiar - I've already given you all this info. Apologies.
Ignore the above post, except for the bit about Baby Groups being mostly germ-free, I skim-read and thought you were Oxford based. <headdesk> The joys of posting when only half-awake!

FraggleRock77 Wed 19-Feb-14 10:33:10

Thanks for all the feed back. No worries OxfordEditor. As noted i could attend a group each day and I've now been invited to a Postnatal Group by the HV which runs for six Wks. Also NCT sent me a planner of all the local groups and have been very helpful. Looks like i will be busy. Thank you for the Didcot invite but i won't have the car. Family car on its way. I will post about the groups though xx

FraggleRock77 Wed 19-Feb-14 10:35:19

Sorry i didn't get back about the Local Ambassador Role. I don't think i will have the time at present or the confidence grin

NewToAllThis11 Wed 19-Feb-14 11:52:38

Hi fraggle,

I went to my HV six week baby group and am really glad I did because I met a lovely group of local mums with babies the same age and we all still meet up each week, sometimes at other groups or at each other's houses. They all know that my DS was premature and therefore don't ask me hundreds of questions about why he's little etc. I also did a baby massage course with DS which was great, and we go to a few other baby groups too. Hope you make some good new friends!

LocalEditorOxford Wed 19-Feb-14 12:23:51

That sounds really positive Fraggle - glad you have a plan! And keep posting on the local boards, too - it's so nice to not be talking to myself smile

FraggleRock77 Wed 19-Feb-14 16:54:22

Will do. When we get the car sorted i will pop along to the Didcot group x

MiaowTheCat Thu 20-Feb-14 16:47:09

I started with a baby (as opposed to a toddler) group at the local children's centre (so pretty clean in the grand scheme of things as all the toys get done after each session) at around 5 weeks or so actual - so she shouldn't technically have even been there yet. Lots of teeny tiny comments - but you just get used to that... now I just get the "that's never the same tiny little baby" ones or her younger sister mistaken for her!

It kind of helped going that early since when the milestones started to pass and be hit on adjusted age rather than actual age - people knew the back story so to speak and I didn't get judged harshly - especially when DD1 has physically got so tall (a smidge shorter than her sister is centile-wise but the genes to be a beanpole are definitely still there) that people forget she's not only as young as she is (I'm guilty of this) but that she was premature as well!

FraggleRock77 Fri 21-Feb-14 07:11:53

Thanks MCat. I confirmed my Postnatal course yesterday. DS is now 18 Wks and 10lb so hopefully there won't be too many small baby comments. X

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