For all you amazing mother’s in Swindon!
This is a blog for any family who is struggling to find things to do with their newborns and toddlers around Swindon.
Being a first-time mum can be very daunting, especially if you’ve had a very active social life previously and you’re now sat at home while all of your friends are at work or out…I know, I’ve been there.
Having your second child just takes you down the same path, but by this point, you’re hopefully a little more aware of all of the amazing groups in or around Swindon. But, just in case, I have compiled a list of great groups and places that you can go with your little ones, in the hope that I can help you to gain new mummy friends 🙂
I haven’t included any timings as these do tend to change. Some of these are paid groups and some are free. Please click the heading of each for more information.
This is a brilliant way to get out there, meet other like-minded parents, have a dance and generally have fun!
The class is run by the lovely Amy Owens. For more information, please check out her facebook page.
This another brilliant group, also run by Amy.
Bookworms and bubbles is a brand new business, aimed at encouraging children to love books from a very young age and beyond, into their teens. We also have a mums book club.
Baby sensory is an amazing baby development class for babies from 0-13 months. Every week is a new experience with your baby for a whole year. We’ve done the research, so you can enjoy the fun!
Beanie Boppers is a multi-sensory movement to music class for little ones from when they can walk, up to 5 years old. We use a variety of props, including Pom poms, bells, ribbons, hoops, shakers, plus a parachute, We always end the class with bubbles.
Baby signing is an amazing journey to go on with your baby. Little ones have so much to say before they can talk. Learn how with the award winning sing and sign baby signing programme.
We are a very friendly baby and toddler group who meet during term time. Join us for a cuppa and a chance for the little ones to play. £2.50/family.
To help women and their families have a positive breastfeeding experience. They are not associated with the council or NHS. The key workers here are incredibly friendly and helpful.
I honestly couldn’t have got as far with my daughter, had it not been for their amazing support.
A church based cadres, babies and tot group. Playtime with toys, snack time, a story and songs
Seedlings is a toddler group run by Upper Stratton Baptist Church. We welcome all children under school age, along with their parents or carer, to come and have fun in a safe and well equipped environment.
We have four zones/areas that children can choose and freely move between:
Ride-on’s zone (outside when the weather is dry)
Toy zone, including a baby area
Messy play zone
We also have snack time and end the morning with a circle time of singing.
Suitable for ages 6 months to 4 years. Each 40 minute class is full of fun and excitement as we sing, clap and play instruments to our favourite songs. Children (and adults!) who attend our sessions also love the selection of props that we bring to each class. These can be anything from hobby horses to finger puppets, floaty scarves or Pom poms.
Action songs, stories, clapping and colouring for walkers over 1.
Join us for nursery rhymes, jumping, clapping and action songs for toddlers and pre-schoolers.
Rhyme time is a fun group singing session for toddlers & pre-schoolers and their parents/carers.
Singing together and repeating rhymes helps your child develop listening, visual and memory skills, which will help them all the way through school. Rhyme time sessions also encourage good social skills helping your child become comfortable in groups of other children.
Free and no need to book!
welcome all parents and toddlers from all walks of life and look forward to meeting new members who are looking for a social meeting place with other parents and a social safe play environment for their children.
The sling library hold free-to-attend sling meets, where mums (and dads) can have help using their own slings, try out the library’s slings and socialise with other parents.
Nature Tots Tuesday and Thursdays 1030-1200 at the Richard Jefferies Museum.
Come along to our drop-in, all weather indoor and outdoor 0-5s group. We will have lots of different crafts and arts activities, songs, stories and wellie walks. Inside we have Duplo and train sets for little engineers and builders. We will have activities inside and outside depending on the weather.
Plus extensive gardens to play in, we also have friendly chickens who often rove around the gardens. There is a museum cafe available selling hot drinks and delicious cakes for adults and children.
The Butterfly Centre holds various baby and toddler activities throughout the year. Please take a look at their timetable for more information.
We are a local mum2mum breastfeeding support group. We run a weekly group at the riverside centre, next to the big Co-op every Thursday morning. If you’re pregnant and thinking about breastfeeding, come along!
This is a support group for mums who are struggling with Post Natal Depression. We offer a nurturing environment, relaxing activities and a chance to meet other mums.
This is an amazing parent friendly cafe that has recently opened up in Bath. It is completely geared around you and your family, so that you can relax while your little ones play.
If you’re venturing into Bath soon, I would highly recommend popping in for a coffee.
They also hold events, such as baby nutrition and weaning, which is incredibly useful.
Every Tuesday 10am-12pm £1/family
Mondays 1.30 – 3pm
Community Centre @ Christ Church
Great toys, lots of activities and a chance to make new friends
Birth to school age
£2 per family – no need to book
Jack and Jill’s is a lively toddler group run by volunteers with a history of over 20 years! It’s open to everyone with children from 0-5yrs. There are weekly craft activities, lots of toys and we always wrap up with a fun rhyme time! Its a group for parents/carers as much as it is for little ones. Meet other parents, make new friends or just have a chat and relax with a cuppa while your kids enjoy themselves! There is toast and biscuits for little ones too. We are located in Savernake Street Community Hall and run on Mondays (9.30- 11.30am) and Wednesdays (10-12pm) Term time only. For more information please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
As you can see, there are quite a few things to do in and around Swindon. But, if you’re reading this and can think of any more groups, please let me know and I will add them to the list 🙂
P.s, A photographer friend of mine, Kirsty has also written a blog post this week about her favourite suppliers. She does newborn photography in Fife. Go and check out where she gets her gorgeous props from.