Mumbler Review: Music with Mummy Beverley & Kingswood
Music with Mummy (Beverley & Kingswood), Review by Anna and baby Dan.
Dan is now 9 months and loves to make a noise with anything he can get his little hands on, so with this in mind and after hearing positive things we went to try a Music with Mummy class. Kelly runs classes in Beverley and Kingswood and we went to her Tuesday class at David Lloyd gym, Kingswood, Hull. Kelly runs 3 different types of class depending on your little ones age; there’s ‘Jolly Babies’ for newborns to 1 year old, then Music with Mummy for 1-2 years olds, progressing to Three Four Time for 3-4 years old pre-schoolers.
Each class lasts half an hour and groups are limited to 12 making a nice friendly atmosphere and allowing babies some one to one attention. Kelly has a very gentle and calming way with the babies and is very welcoming. All songs in the session are sung by Kelly and the babies love to sit and listen, little Dan eyes are fixed on Kelly as soon as she starts singing!
The session starts with the hello song, including each babies name and lots of waving and smiles which is lovely. During each session babies are introduced to various instruments such as claves, drums and musical shakers. Kelly encourages babies to hold the instruments if they’re able and everyone to join in with the songs playing their instruments, Dan’s favourite being the drum!
Kelly encourages all ages to be involved, suggesting positions for your baby for each song depending if they can focus, sit up etc. which make each mum and baby feel involved. There are a variety of nursery rhymes and songs; mine and Dan’s favourite is the baby jive which he enjoys when playing along with the shakers and having a little wriggle about! There are also songs for babies to have a rock and little dance to as well as clapping along, playing with teddy, parachutes and playing peekaboo.
Towards the end of the session the babies have a quiet time with bubbles and a soothing song for cuddles, feeds or naptime if needed.
We have been going to Music with Mummy for the past term and really enjoyed it. I feel it’s helped improved Dan’s hand co-ordination passing from one to the other and using his hands to beat the drums and shakers. Compared to some ‘baby groups’ I found Music with Mummy a more calming and gentle experience with my baby; still with lots of upbeat rhymes and songs but you get a feeling of more one to one with your baby and the babies love to listen to the music focusing and being creative learning with the instruments. I’d highly recommend Music with Mummy. Kelly treats everyone as an individual and has a lovely way with the little ones. It definitely lives up to its name of Jolly babies!