Christmas is well and truly on it’s way!🎄And with the cold weather arriving, now is the perfect time to try out new baby classes. If you’re a new parent and not sure where to start, then come along to one of our Happity Little Christmas events and take your pick of FREE baby & toddler taster classes!
Come along to selected Mothercare stores from 3rd-6th December and discover what baby classes are all about. With over 5,000 classes listed on Happity, we are the nation’s experts when it comes to baby and toddler classes!
We’ve handpicked a selection of our favourites to showcase the range of classes available, including baby signing, sensory play, postnatal fitness, music & movement and baby massage. We’ve got something for everyone. Choose your free taster session from one of our fantastic event partners – including Sing & Sign, TinyTalk, Jo Jingles, Monkey Music, Boppin’ Bunnies, IAIMs Baby Massage, Sling Swing, BusyLizzy and Hartbeeps.
Read on to find out more about each of our partners and session dates. Pregnant mothers are also welcome to come along and watch. 🙂
Welcome to our guide to baby franchises! If you’ve been enjoying attending baby & toddler classes and are thinking about starting your own, then a baby franchise opportunity might be right for you.
Read on to get the inside track on the best baby and toddler franchise opportunities available throughout the UK. What they are, how to find them, and how they work.
From Maternal Unemployment, Comes New Beginnings
Heavily pregnant with my second child and facing redundancy, I was at a loss. I love being a mum and thought I was looking forward to time off, but work was a big part of my identity. I struggled when people assumed I’d stop working (that thought made me want to run in the opposite direction!). But I didn’t know what I wanted to do, or what I could do to fit around my kids. With over a decade’s experience in strategy and business development, the roles I was finding on ‘mum job boards’ weren’t quite cutting it.
I got thinking. We’d just moved house with our two-year-old and I was looking for local activities. A mum near our old house had put up a simple website that listed activities for under-5s, but there wasn’t anything like that for our new area. Why were there no modern websites for mums? Why are parents stuck in the ‘90s with old-school message boards and desktop directories that don’t work on our phones?
I started to wonder just how much the world was missing through a lack of female entrepreneurs and women in tech.
As much as I wanted to create a modern website for mums, I didn’t have a clue about technology or startups. It struck me that there hadn’t been innovation for mums, precisely because mums like me don’t have the tools to make them happen (plus we’re busy with our babies!). I started to wonder how much the world was missing through a lack of female entrepreneurs and women in tech.
I decided to turn down that attractive offer of being a stay-at-home mum. I was going to start something.
Jenny Thomas is the founder of internet bookshop Smallprint Online. After spotting a gap in the market, Jenny curated a beautiful selection of children’s books that’s a huge hit with customers.
Jenny opened her first bricks and mortar bookshop in Forest Hill in 2017 and now also offers activities for pre-school and primary aged children. How did she do it? Over to Jenny…
Nicole Freeman always had a love of food and cooking. But it was her own fussy eater that prompted her to set up The Kids’ Kitchen, her multi-award-winning cookery school for kids.
She aims to show kids how much fun cooking can be, and encourage them to try new foods, by involving them in preparing and cooking their own meals.
Here she explains why the effects of sugar on child health may not be as bad as you think…
So, you’ve had a baby, you’ve made it through the early days and sleep deprivation with plentiful caffeine, supportive friends and lots of googling. Now it’s all baby massage and baby singing, which is great for development and heart-warming giggles. But what about you? Is it OK for you to have fun too? Even to poke fun at the crazier aspects of parenting? 🤔🤔
Luckily, stand-up comedy for parents is a thing! And Alyssa Kyria, co-founder of Bring Your Own Baby (BYOB) Comedy has been telling us about what to expect at a parent and baby comedy show.
How BYOB was born
Alyssa experienced post-natal depression and was initially nervous about getting out and about with her baby. Then she and fellow professional comedian Carly Smallman had a lightbulb moment over a glass of wine and, hey presto, BYOB Comedy was born. 💡🍷💡🍷
Their day-time spectaculars bring together top comedians in child-friendly venues where no-one will judge you for having to pop out to deal with a poonami mid-show. Phew. Over to Alyssa, who’s been kind enough to give us a taster of what’s in store at one of her shows.
Fitting work around family life can be a real struggle. Add in a long, expensive commute, and it can seem like an impossible balancing act. This was the situation Lucy Elkin faced, before she started to work from home.
Lucy went on to found myworkhive, a job-board specialising in remote careers. myworkhive is also a social enterprise, developing free projects to support Mums — and others — to return to work.
Working from home inspired Lucy to start her online business. At Happity our whole team of parents also works flexibly from home, so we’re living proof that remote working can really work. Read on to find out Lucy’s top tips on working from home; and how you can decide whether it could be the flexible solution for you.
Many of your favourite classes and activities will be taking a break for half term. Just as you got into the swing of your weekly routine you’re back to square one with a pre-schooler to entertain. Luckily, we’ve got some fab suggestions on how to save your week with some fabulous alternative activities.
You can also search Happity for activities that are on during half term using our handy filter to hide the term-time only classes. However, we always advise checking with providers before setting off to avoid disappointment.
Whether you’ve got a newborn or a non-stop toddler to entertain, getting out and about has massive benefits for both mum and baby. But with so much on offer, the world of baby and toddler classes can be a bit overwhelming for busy and sleep-deprived parents! When should you start baby classes, what can you expect and how should you pick one?! Researching all the classes and activities on offer can seem like more trouble than it’s worth. 🤔😬
We’ve done the hard work for you and compiled suggestions for each age and stage of your baby’s development in our handy guide – including what’s on for you. Find something that fits the bill, get booking, and enjoy!
Our current series of Happity Hacks brings you simple, no fuss toddler activities. Way to win back 5 minutes to get stuff done! 👶✍🤳🍲☕ This Happity Hack comes courtesy of Kerry, founder of the very fab and funky Paper Joy.
Alongside her bright and beautiful art prints, Kerry produces colourful and useful paper goods you can print at home, saving you time and money. Kerry has very kindly let us have some fun printable Christmas toddler activities – perfect to achieve a few minutes’ peace and quiet.