I absolutely love being able to hang out with Hailey everyday. We’re best buds and she’s a joy to be around. However, you guys and play dates keep me sane. A mom needs some adult interaction after all.
I was thinking about this the other day when it dawned on me; Hailey probably could use some interaction of her own.
Many children begin to socialize with other kids when mom goes back to work. This happens quite often around 3 months of age. Hailey is now 8.5 months old and doesn’t know many other people besides David, myself and Koda. Sure we meet up with friends, but we probably are only around other babies her age maybe once a week.
Am I stunting her social growth?
Does she need to be interacting more?
I decided I needed to be a little more proactive, so I signed us up for a trial class at Gymboree.
To be honest, I was a bit skeptical. What would Hailey get out of 45 minutes?
Turns out, quite a bit.
For 45 minutes she was enthralled watching the other babies. Some would crawl up and touch her and she thought it was hilarious.
She clapped her hands during songs and giggled like crazy when the parachute floated down on her (that was her favorite). More so than just being entertained, Gymboree surprised me with ideas to help build skills, too.
Obstacles were created (like the above “mountain”) that encouraged Hailey (my non-crawling scooter) to climb up and reach for the toys.
The circle cushion (above) served as another obstacle by having her climb over it to get to the ball she was after.
Simple things, yes, but effective.
The 45 minutes flew by. I was impressed by the class, but surprised at the price. It’s $65 a month, which entitles you to one (45 minute) class a week, plus access to open gym (which is a few designated hours a week where you can come in and play).
I could recreate the obstacles and challenges quite easily at home, but does Hailey need the socialization?
What do you think?
How does your baby socialize?
Do you belong to Gymboree or something similar?
What has your experience been like?