Whippersnappers - Dulwich park (SE21)

Wippersnappers baby sensory class in action

Wippersnappers baby sensory class in action

By Lizzie Hammond

If you're looking to meet new Mums in the area, this is a great option. It's not only a stimulating baby sensory class but the set up and facilitators really help to get everyone involved and chatting - perfect to share your newborn success and horror stories.

We loved it because... Whippersnappers is a community-based venture and the staff were all so enthusiastic and clearly passionate about their job of entertaining the children and Mummys. The community spirit really came through, with the offer of tea and coffee on arrival and encouraging everyone to get to know each other, which is particularly welcome when you're feeling a little lonely in your new life with your newborn on maternity leave. 

William aged 3 months says... This was the first class I've been taken to and although it was a bit overwhelming at first to hear lots of the other babies singing (and occasionally screaming), I really enjoyed getting to know the nursery rhymes that Mummy's been singing me since. 

When to go... Check the website in case the timings change, but in July 2015, baby sensory classes are every Thursday 11:30 - 13:30 (drop in).

Top tip...  Although the class officially runs between 11:30 - 13:30, you don't need to attend the whole session.  The music generally doesn't start until midday, but we were offered tea and coffee and given a chance to chat before then. Mums started to leave as and when their baby had had enough too, so there's no expectation that you stay to the end.  

We went to the Whippersnappers in Dulwich Village, but they also run classes in Brockwell Lido, Herne Hill, so check their website for details.

http://whippersnappers.org