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How many times a week does your toddler / preschooler socialise with other children?

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FuckThatToOneSide · 21/10/2016 10:39

I have one DD who is 22mo. We go to two shortish (an hour and a half each) play groups per week (occasionally three) and she goes to nursery one full day a week as well. I thought this was enough, but lately I've been wondering if we should find some classes or something as well to get her out and seeing other children? The only problem is that they can be a bit pricy, but we could afford it if it was worth it. A couple of other mums I spoke to recently to do one or two planned activities every single week day. Feeling a bit guilty that we spend so much time just the two of us. Wondering what other sahps do.

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bingandabong · 21/10/2016 18:48

DS is 21 months, as we dont have any classes here and no other children his age they are all a year or two older, So its a lot of time just the two of us and I do worry that he is missing out, but he is so happy, and when he does play with other children he loves it as we normally meet at a park or the beach. It sounds like you are doing a lot of stuff, and if she is happy then enjoy the time you have together

NickyEds · 24/10/2016 11:54

I have an almost 3 year old and a 15 month old and we do 2 toddler groups a week, ds has 2 days at pre school and we see friends at least once a week. There's usually one day a week that we don't do something organised. I did more with ds when he was little than dd though, he did baby massage, sign, jo jingles- that sort of thing.

PeppermintPatty10 · 05/11/2016 20:39

Being alone with you is good for your DD, and she is definitely not missing out. So don't worry about that - it's really good to have a lot of one on one time with you, and no wonder she is so confident with other children.
I take my DS to the library where he toddles around looking at books and playing with other children?

kiki22 · 05/11/2016 20:44

We do 1 playgroup every week for 2 hours another 30 min bookbug session some weeks that's all the structured things otherwise I made friends with other mums and do play dates, coffe, walks that sort of thing.

I done the same with ds1 same groups exactly and he's turned out very social. I couldn't be arsed with having to run to a schedule for baby groups id much rather just see my friends as and when.

Smartleatherbag · 05/11/2016 20:45

Can't remember with the eldest, but he has asd, so it wasn't typical. Youngest had very little and he didn't go to preschool either. However, he settled straight into school easily from has lots of friends.
The socialising for very young kids is bollocks. Up till age 3, they just need you or other caring adult. It's a lie we tell ourselves when we've needed to use nursery or similar.

honkawonka · 05/11/2016 20:47

12 month old DS goes to his dad's (Monday) doesn't do any groups that day. But Tuesday he does messy play then rhymetime, Wednesday is a church crèche with parents group , Thursday is funded 2's playgroup and a messy church session in the afternoon. Friday I run a 0-1 group and then rhymetime. All this interspersed with trips to park, gardens and just general wandering. Probably a trip out to London to a museum a few times a month too.

Smartleatherbag · 05/11/2016 20:48

Oh, I forgot bookbug, and soft play. But the interaction wasn't the point, iyswim?

honkawonka · 05/11/2016 20:51

Do quite a few mum meet ups , see my partner at lunchtime too , a lot of my mum friends have gone back to work now though so finding some other new friends

Doje · 05/11/2016 20:52

I have a 1 year old and a 2 and a half year old. We'll do play groups probably 3 days out of 5 (weekdays), meet up with friends who also have kids one day and then either other friends or just run errands the 5th day.

It's for me really rather than them! I need to get out of the house with them, and at playgroups I get to sit down and have a cuppa!

MommaGee · 21/11/2016 22:39

I'm meant to socialise him around other kids?????

SpunBodgeSquarepants · 21/11/2016 22:50

Oh god, my DS is 2.5 and now feeling I don't do nearly enough with him!

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