Sensational baby class
My 13-month-old son attends few activities that don't involve his older siblings in some way, so we were looking forward to our hour of songs, activities, baby massage and interaction with other babies at the Sensational Baby class led by Kathryn Eagle.
Drawn by the sight of colourful toys and large bouncy balls, he was keen to get started and tried to enter the room before the previous class had finished.
Each class has a theme, and everything is arranged around it - from the songs, to the toys, to the activities. The theme the day we attended was underwater, and my little one spent a lot of time happily chewing on a plastic whale.
He also responded well to music time, and I enjoyed learning a few new songs and a couple of twists on some classics. After the class, all participants receive an e-mail with a breakdown of the session and the song lyrics so we can practise them at home.
The class involved plenty of activities to keep baby enthralled. Balancing on big beach balls was a hit with babies and mums alike, and several mums commented how they would like to do the same at home. My son loved the bubbles and mirrors, great for pointing out his nose, eyes, and so on.
The baby massage was something new for us and I was keen to see how my wriggle worm would respond to the simple techniques. Amazingly, they calmed him down - until a plastic fish caught his eye and he was off again.
The class was a great opportunity for mummy and baby time. It's nice to have the chance to make the little one the sole focus of the hour without being distracted by older siblings or the phone. It was also good for the babies to interact. My little one certainly started to take notice of the others in the class.
Verdict: definitely worth a try for some quality parent and baby time and to learn fun new activities and songs. Sensational Baby classes' locations:
Bumble Tots, 1/F, The Waterside Mall, Ma On Shan, (Friday mornings)
Annerley, 17/F, Tak Woo House, 17-19 D'Aguilar Street, Central, (Thursday afternoons)
White Lotus Centre, room 2001, Car Po Commercial Building; 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, (Wednesday mornings)
Ma On Shan
HK$680 for four classes
HK$1,600 for 10 classes
A one-off class costs HK$200 payable on the day
HK$800 for four classes
HK$1,900 for 10 classes
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 9665 4838