16 February 2015

5 Ways to Survive a Baby Group!

Have you ever walked into a new baby group and felt intimidated? Or has a bad experience left a sour taste in your mouth? It can all feel a little Mean Girls, can't it?

I know a lot of people really dread going to new baby groups, especially when you don't know anyone else there.

I thought I'd share with you 5 tips on ways to survive a baby group!

1. Keep your options open.
When you sign up to a new baby group, don't feel like you are committed to going every single week. You may go in with all these expectations, but actually find the class isn't for you. Every group has a different focus, and a different set of people attending. Don't discount them all if you don't enjoy it.

2. Compliments and Questions. 
Like that little girls dress? Think that boy is rocking those moccs? Tell them! One of the best ways to make conversation is to compliment - I mean, don't you just love it when strangers tell you how cute your baby is?! Even asking if they've been to this group before, or if they do coffee can strike up a conversation and give you that 'in'.

3. Be approachable.
It's easy to wonder why no one spoke to you, but are you being approachable? Make eye contact, smile, and show others that you're willing to chat - even if you are too shy to make the first move. Body language is key, and if you are closed and in your own little bubble, it will make others feel like you don't want to be bothered.

4. Let your baby do the hard work!
I've ended up speaking to so many mums by our babies interacting first. Whether it's trying to grab one another's socks, or sharing toys, it's a great conversation starter with parents!

5. Bring a buddy.
If you really dread the thought of going alone, bring a friend along! If they have a baby it's even better, but I've seen people turn up with their friends or grandparents just for a bit of company. You can see they are more relaxed, so are open to taking more knowing they have that security there of a familiar face.

Hopefully these tips have helped, and give you a bit of confidence when going to your next baby group!

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