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Help a Mom: Activities for babies, but skip music, movement

Posted November 12, 2013

A class at Aqua-Tots in Cary

Here's a question that I got from a mom on Twitter last week (you can follow us, by the way, at @GoAskMom): 

Know of any events this month for babies/moms under 1 year old that isn't music or Gymboree?

Music and movement programs are pretty much where it's at for the youngest kids. But there are other options.

I recommended all of the many library storytimes, which often are geared toward babies, specifically. You'll find mommy and me swim lessons at local public pools that typically start for kids ages 6 months and up (but sometimes younger). Another options are the lessons at the new Aqua-Tots pool in Cary. 

Flip 4 Kids, which I've written about before, offers foreign languages classes for kids and their caregivers starting at age six months. And, in Chapel Hill, My SweetArts does include music, but there's an arts and crafts component too.

Marbles Kids Museum also has a very popular Baby Time program for caregivers and their kids that focuses on play. Emphasis on "very popular." Sessions are full until February.

Local parks departments also are worth a look. Some offer mommy and me sports and arts classes, though many of these start at age 1 and up. 

What would you recommend? Please share your tips in the comments box below. (If you don't see the comments box below, you'll need to log in or sign up for a WRAL account. You can do that by going to the top of the page and clicking on either "log in" or "register.")

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  • Mom2two Nov 13, 7:58 p.m.

    100% agree with Karmstr9, but I am wondering, maybe this mom needs some time with other mommies?

  • happygirl14 Nov 13, 4:43 p.m.

    I posted a similiar question a few months back. I have a 4 1/2 month old daughter and I was looking for things to do with her on the weekends, but since I work full time, just spending quiet time together is the best thing in the world for both of us.

  • creecht Nov 13, 3:00 p.m.

    I don't know where this particular mother lives, but if you are anywhere near Wendell, there is a wonderful resource called East Wake Education Foundation.

  • kayelless Nov 13, 10:25 a.m.

    karmstr9** - I wholeheartedly agree! These activities can be fun for parents who get tired of being at home, but don't overdo it! Babies don't need extracurricular activities to help them learn and grow. Most of the time, just playing with mommy and daddy can be more beneficial!

  • karmstr9 Nov 12, 10:06 p.m.

    I would advise you to stay home with your children and love on them. Play games with them that help you bond with your baby. You will have plenty of time as they get older to take them to all kinds of activities. Read books to them. Sing to them. Make funny faces at them. Have fun. Take a walk in the neighborhood or at the park. Enjoy being together. If you get too busy with extra curricular activities at a baby/toddler age, your child may not be able to understand what it means to just be still and do nothing. Learning how to be still and quiet will reap great benefits later.