Our fun-filled sessions are full of activities specifically designed to: support your babies’ brain development; allow them to explore with all their senses; promote bonding and; give you ideas of activities to enjoy with baby at home.
With over 60 amazing lesson plans written by our founder Dr. Lin Day, whether you’re a brand new customer or a seasoned Baby Sensory Pro, each and every week will have brand new experiences for you and your baby.
General Information & FAQs
Is my baby too young for Baby Sensory classes?
It is never too early to introduce your little ones to a variety of sensory experiences.
Babies have begun learning from inside the womb already and as they come into this world they hit the ground running!
A newborn’s brain contains more than 100 billion brain cells (neurons). Some of these neurons were wired in the prenatal period for specific functions such as breathing and heartbeat. However, the majority of synaptic connections for vision, language, hearing, smell, taste, movement and learning will be formed in the first three months of life.
Stimulation from birth increases neural growth and whilst we certainly do this in our classes, it is also important to mention that touching, talking, singing, reading, smiling, signing and playing with babies from birth, nourishes the brain and develops potential for a lifetime.
Our classes provide a rich environment full of interesting sights, sounds, smells, taste, colours, textures and language, which builds a foundation that will make all subsequent learning easier.
What can I expect from a Baby Sensory Class?
Each session has been specifically designed by Baby Sensory Founder, and Child-Development Specialist, Dr Lin Day to stimulate your baby’s senses and support their brain growth and development during their first year of life.
Our multi-award winning classes will introduce you and your baby to a world of sensory delights, where you can relax, spend quality time with each other and enjoy meeting other new parents.
The classes are packed with an incredible variety of sounds, smells, sights, textures, music, singing and more.
Venue-based classes last 45 minutes, with a 5/10 minute social break to allow babies to rest and recharge between adult-led activities, and give parents/carers a chance to chat and make friends.
How do I access the online classes?
Sessions are delivered using a video conferencing platform called Zoom and joining a class couldn't be simpler – I will send you a unique link to click for each session, through which you will access the virtual classroom. You don't need to have an account, but you will be prompted to download the software. There are also free Apps available for IOs and Android to make it even more intuitive. You will also be sent a copy of our Use of Zoom Parent Guide. You can access the classes via a computer/laptop, phone/tablet and even through your TV. Some smart TVs allow you to follow the link straight to Zoom, or you can connect via an HDMI cable, or use a screen mirroring app.
How are the sessions structured?
Both our venue-based and online classes follow the same routine: We begin with welcome and an introduction to the session, followed by our signature welcome song, Say Hello to the Sun and 3-4 activities.
In both our venue-based and online classes we then have our play break, as it is an important part of babies' Play-Rest-Play cycle, and helps to ensure they are able to maintain focus and avoid over-stimulation. It is also a great opportunity for parents/carers to chat and socialise – both online and in person! You may like to bring a toy from home to help entertain baby during the break, or they may like to cuddle/feed or have a change.
After the break we'll have further activities, and end with our beautiful Wave Goodbye song.
What will I need to take part?
Online: Each week in advance of the session I send out a list of props and items for you to gather to use to support your baby’s learning throughout the activity. This ensures that the sessions remain fully multi-sensory, and it also gives you an opportunity to explore a variety of home-made toy ideas with your little one as well. They can all be made/put together using items you are likely to have at home, and I always aim to give several various ideas to make sure you can find something that will work well. If you struggle to gather certain items, I will also always ensure the activities look visually captivating on screen as well, so that you and baby can cuddle up and enjoy the visual display and the varied soundtrack. There will also be lots of activities that require nothing but you and your little one to take part.
Can my older children join in?
In venue: Regrettably we are unable to accommodate siblings under 5 years of age due to insurance purposes. If you have older children aged 5 or over out of school for non-illness related purposes only then they can attend alongside you, provided they remain seated with you on your designated mats at ALL times during the session. Please note that under current Government guidelines only 1 adult is permitted to attend with baby and we therefore can not allow sibling to attend.
Online: If you have older children with you at home as well, then please rest assured they are very welcome to join in the sessions too – most of the activities are very popular with toddlers, pre-schoolers and even older children, and I will often share tips on how to adapt it for different aged siblings to get the most out of it as well. Many of our big brothers and sisters have loved joining in with their own doll or teddy, acting out the activities with them, which has been wonderful to see.
I want to attend online but I'm worried about screen time - what can I do?
One understandable concern some of our current families have had is around the use of a screen for babies, so I’d like to reassure you that the sessions are not just about babies watching the screen - just like in our physical classes, my role as class leader is to facilitate meaningful interactions between you and your baby, through the use of age appropriate activities and games, specifically designed to support their development in a variety of ways. So the majority of the sessions will consist of me outlining an activity for you to complete with your baby, which I'll support with music, visuals, and tips, as well as giving you invaluable developmental information about how we are supporting our babies with each activity.
Since we target all the senses in our sessions, there are of course some activities that are visual in their nature, so for those particular activities I will be directing you to position babies to face the screen so they can watch the colour and the movement of, for example, a puppet show, a billowing parachute with balloons, or a cascade of bubbles. However, if you prefer baby not to look at the screen at all, I will always include ideas of how to recreate the activities at home to play along with baby.
Vouchers are available in various values, and can be exchanged for venue-based classes, online classes. Ideal for baby shower or new baby gifts! Please get in touch for more info