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Expecting a baby in 2020?

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Finding out you are pregnant is exciting and scary all at the same time! Suddenly you feel like you have so much to do and learn. But where do you start? What do I need? Where can I go for support? Is there anything I am missing? Why not book your ticket for your free Expectant Parent Event in Yeovil here!

How we can help you during your parenting journey

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To help you in your parenting journey we have created a community of local businesses and service providers. All you may need from pregnancy and beyond: antenatal classes, doula’s, feeding support, cloth nappies, baby slings, first aid, newborn photography, baby groups and classes, therapies which can support you and baby.

You can get your free ticket here!

What to expect from the expectant parent event

Our events are intimate, informal, yet informative. There are between 10 and 15 professionals available to chat to, ask questions and find out about their services. There is never any pressure to buy, sign up or hard sales. We are all here to support you in being able to make an informed choice.

Our events are FREE! You can get your ticket here! You can buy a goodie bag for £5 which will including (more to be added) a free happy nappy voucher (on booking for Water Babies), range of samples, teething necklace and discounts as well as our information booklet which includes a range of useful articles and contacts.

The Venue

For our Yeovil event we use The Hub. The venue is fully accessible and has a range of tables and chairs as well as sofas. There is a children’s play area available as well as the Scrapstore. It has a cafe which serves:

  • Hot and cold drinks
  • Cakes and treats
  • Breakfasts & Light lunches

Which businesses can I expect on the 3rd February?

  • Little Green Bee Co – for all your cloth nappy and re-usable wipes needs
  • Mootooti – Bright organic baby and kids clothing
  • Angel Eyes Photography – all you need to get those perfect bump and baby photos.
  • Monkey Music Sherborne and Dorchester – Learn about the importance of music to your baby’s development.
  • Yeovil Osteopathy – Find out about how Anita can support you and your baby’s needs
  • Families and Babies – Your local breastfeeding support groups and services
  • Water Babies – award winning swimming classes for your baby
  • Hand On Heart Baby Massage – learn about how baby massage benefits you and your baby
  • The Daisy Foundation – There to support you throughout pregnancy and the early days of parenthood. Nici offers a whole range of classes and supports you to create a community.
  • BeingDad – Workshops just for Dads! yes we haven’t forgotten about you. BeingDad also offers parents first aid courses.
  • Babywearing South West – Using a sling, carrier or wrap has many benefits for you and baby. Find out about the options out there and ask questions.
  • CMH Workshops – Supporting you to be aware of and learn about your child’s mental health.
  • Hazelton Therapies – Learn about a whole host of therapies that can support you and your baby.

This is not a complete list

How do I book?

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Book you tickets HERE!! Our events are free! We offer an add-on of £5 for a goodie bag with a whole range of things in them.

Why do I need to book?

Well, we want the event to be intimate and not too overwhelming. By booking we know the numbers to expect and prepare for.

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Can I still come if I haven’t booked?

It depends, if we have sold out of our limited number of tickets we will not be able to open the doors to non-pre booked parents. We will announce on Sunday 2nd February if there are any limited walk in tickets available. This will be announced on the website and our facebook page.

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Book Expectant Parent Event Yeovil Tickets Here

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Toddlers 12 Rules of Christmas

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1: Convince parents that you want that gift which comes flat packed! That way mummy and daddy will have to be up late on xmas eve
building said gift, but without waking the toddler!

2: Wake up and insist on it being play time just as they come to bed, after building the flat pack gift. Also make sure that once you do fall asleep that you don’t wake until later than normal, so as to keep the over excited parents , who despite exhausted woke early, waiting a little longer.

3: Refuse to wear cute xmas outfit and insist on wearing mismatch pjs – all day so as to ruin all photos.

4: When presented with beautifully wrapped gifts – discard toys and play with the box.

5: Forget all the manners your parents ever taught you! What else would the visiting relatives have to talk about.

6: Attempt beating world record of how many tantrums you can have in 12 hours.

7: If mummy says no – ask granny

8: Make sure xmas decorations are rearranged at every opportunity to avoid boredom with current arrangement. 

9: If you have taken things a little too far – activate toddler cuteness with a smile and a slight head tilt.

10: Refuse to eat whatever food they put in front of you , unless it contains sugar.

11: Liven up dinner time by throwing peas like confetti and getting in target practise using roast potatoes. 

12: Fall asleep in the most angelic position possible – this will ensure your parents will forget all you have done today

Gift Guide for Toddlers

Finding that perfect gift for a toddler!

These gift ideas are suitable from 9months to approximately to 18 months/2 years. With the idea that these gifts will grow with your little one and will get a good use out of the toys way past 18 months. I believe in toys and gifts that have lots of play opportunities and support development and interest as they grow. All without breaking the bank.

Nesting Dolls – Endless play opportunities

The Rosa and Bo nesting dolls are one of my favourite versatile toys. They are fun to stack inside each other, learning about size order, colours, also due to their design they are great scoops to play with in sand, water and for messy play. They are easy to clean, store and beautifully designed.

Music – The heart of a toddler

When I think of toddlers I think of mini scientists and musicians. They want to explore how everything works and sound is a great way to learn cause and affect, as well create those giggly moments.

Beehive toys have a range of musical toys which support they growth and development of your little one. The Musical activity center comes with wire bead run to support hand eye coordination, they puzzles on the side offer puzzles, things to twist and turn supporting motor skills, all whilst being able to make music too!

The super happy lion xylophone is a great toy which will last years! Use it to learn colours, cause and affect, hand eye coordination, motor skills and musical exploration. If you would prefer something more musical then the magic piano is for you. It is aimed at slightly older little ones, with music sheets to follow with numbers and colours, however in my experience children from 12 months love a piano, the magic of touching a key and it making a noise, watching the lights flash allows for lots of entertainment.

Motor skills & Puzzles

Stacking, building, knocking over, shape sorters and developing speech. Puzzles and blocks support your little ones in many ways. The zoo-lacing and building blocks are a wonderful set for any toddler. Making up a range of zoo animals with the building blocks, developing hand eye coordination and fine motor skills by doing threading using the wooden threads, perfect for little hands.

The animal puzzle cubes are great for stacking as well as making up the puzzles to reveal the Beehive animals. Why not build a tower and use a bean bag or soft ball to see if they can knock the tower over. Great use of toys to extend those playchemas.

The wooden Noah’s Ark is not just an ark! It can be a pull along vehicle, animal shape sorter, bead and wire puzzles and an Ark. It comes with 2 of each animal and 2 people as well as a little ramp.

If you have a vehicle loving child this lorry loader is a great one. The magnetic crane part links to the container on the back of the lorry. Magnetic play is lots of fun. Can they find anything else to attach to the loader? Or why not try out the wonderful Pull along Train. The carriages are linked together via magnets, a range of activity parts attached, plenty to keep those little hands busy. This is by far the most popular toy in our store at the moment.

Ride on Toys – Toddlers on the go!

Ride on toys support your little ones gross and fine motor skills through strengthening their core and leg strength, helping with balance, stability and steering. Whether your little one is cruising or a confident walker Beehive toys has you covered. The bus, police car and fire engines are less than £30 and have that important storage compartment for all those important toys. The balance bugs have soft padded seats, and allow for 360 rotation and suitable for upto 3year olds. It comes in a bumblebee or ladybug at are £39.99 The Giraffe and Zebra balance bike, £39.59, is super cute and lightweight, easy to move and ride for little ones. The saddle and handlebars are cushioned, the 3 wheels make it stable enough for pre-walkers.

The 3 in 1 scooter is a ride on that will take you to 5 years old! The first stage allows the user to sit on the case, with a handy parent handle to push along your little one. Stage 2 it becomes a push along ride on, also coming with a handy storage compartment, stage 3 the compartment comes off and becomes a 3 wheeler scooter. At £43 this is great value for money!

Too many toys already?

Why not snap up some of the Playhooray PlayPrompts. 100 activities that you can do with your little one with things round the house! The activities are designed by an experienced teacher who has a passion for play. Her activities are fun, simple to set up and don’t cost the earth yet all support your child’s development and learning through play.

Still not too sure exactly what to get? Nothing catching your eye? Why not pop us a message and arrange for a private video tour and personalised shopping experience, or alternatively pop into the shop and we can help you in person. Sometimes seeing the items in the flesh can help really pick the perfect gift!

Monthly Calendar

Every month we have a range of groups, events and workshops at The Huddle.

Lockdown November 2020 at The Huddle

November Plans at The Huddle

So lockdown has put a halt on all our lovely plans. But here is how we are still here for you throughout. As a support space we have chosen to continue a selection of our services in person in line with government guidelines. As well as a range of things online.

Our shop is closed – you can pop on to our new online shop and come and click & collect on Mondays 9.30-4. If you would like to have a look round our shop and some personalised support with your shopping why not book a video shopping trip for free here

IN PERSON

Monday’s we will continue to offer our new parent support group for those with non-mobile babies (pre crawlers). This group is suitable for both the birth parent and non-birthing parent. You can access feeding support, mental health & wellbeing, information on normal infant behaviour and sign posting. You can book on here

Carrying Consultations: We will continue to offer carrying support in person for newborns, medical considerations, parents who would benefit carrying for their mental health and well being. you can book here

ONLINE & DIGITAL SUPPORT

In our facebook community I will be sharing daily lives (about play activities, parenting and carrying). Daily check-ins. Opportunity to join meeting room socials. Join us here

Zoom calls: Daily free calls available to chat feeding, concerns, support or just a listening ear book here (*I am not medically trained and unable to offer medical advice. Please contact your Gp, Health Visitor or 111)

November

Book here

Weekly play & support groups

A range of groups for parents and their little ones from pregnancy and beyond. An informal space, to meet other parents, let your little ones play and access support as and when needed. Groups at The Huddle are hosted by Kizzy, our parenting & carrying consultant from Babywearing South West. Feeding Peer Support is available at each session, as is child development and normal infant and toddler behaviour information. Groups are all pre booked to meet government covid secure guidelines. Groups are £2 an adult. Due to covid we are unable to offer you tea or coffee, so why not pop out and grab a take away from your favourite coffee shop. Treats and snacks in a covid secure way available.

Book Here

Nappy Natter

Come along to the Huddle in Yeovil find out more about cloth nappies. Chaz from Loving by Nature will be there with her demo kit to run through, answer your questions and will have a small selection of stock for sale.

Session for up to six people, toys available and welcome to bring a take away drink from your favourite cafe.

Book your slot here

Baby Massage Course

Hand On Heart Baby Massage – Jodie is running a 5 week introduction to baby massage course at The Huddle for those with babies from 8 weeks to crawling. You will be taught full baby massage routines using strokes that consist of indian massage, swedish massage and reflexology. You will learn techniques to help settle and soothe your baby. 5 week course is £50 you can book here

Hand & Foot Casting

ForeverMore Casting are back this month to do your 3D casting! Beautiful and unique gifts to treasure those early day memories. They will be joining us on 13th November contact them and book here

Forever More Casting

Christmas Shopping!

Throughout November and December we will be open weekend dates. We will be opening the shop up to local independent businesses who usually rely on Xmas markets at this time of year. Businesses we have confirmed for November are :

Festive Shopping Dates are: Sat 14th, Sat 21st, Sun 22nd November we will be open 10am-3pm

Understanding you Newborn – why they cry and how to survive. Nov 29th

A 4 hour workshop aimed at expectant parents whether their first or fifth . Preparing you for what to expect when you bring baby home. This workshop has been created from what parents tell me they wish they had known before baby arrived! Combing my babywearing, feeding and infant development knowledge and training to deliver a bespoke and workshop.

  • Compare life in the womb to live outside for baby. How we can support that transition.
  • Babywearing
    • How carrying your baby supports you as a family.
    • Your sling and carrying options – safety considerations for all slings.
  • Preparing to breastfeed (a sample from the course)
    • Understanding milk production
    • what is ‘normal” and when/how to access support
  • Postnatal doula support
    • working as a family plus a newborn/s
    • strategies and plans to support each family member.
  • You can add on £25 for a calin bleu wrap and a 30min sling clinic appointment. Saving of over £12.

£45 (price is up to 2 people. Birthing parent & a partner). Run by Babywearing South West

book here

October

Book here

Weekly Groups

This month we have our regular weekly groups run by our parenting & carrying consultant Kizzy, from Babywearing South West.

Book here

Parent Support & Playgroups

A range of groups for parents and their little ones from pregnancy and beyond. An informal space, to meet other parents, let your little ones play and access support as and when needed. Due to covid we are unable to offer you tea or coffee, so why not pop out and grab a take away from your favourite coffee shop. Treats and snacks in a covid secure way available.

Book here

We are excited to be able to bring our first casting day to Yeovil! 5th October!

We are a family business creating 3d casts of hands and feet – precious keepsakes to treasure forever!

The casting process is suitable for all ages from newborn!

Book here

Why your baby cries and how to survive!

The workshop will cover: Carrying – Feeding – Behaviour

Sunday 18th October

  • Compare life in the womb to live outside for baby. How we can support that transition.
  • Babywearing
    • How carrying your baby supports you as a family.
    • Your sling and carrying options – safety considerations for all slings.
  • Preparing to breastfeed (a sample from the course)
    • Understanding milk production
    • what is ‘normal” and when/how to access support
  • Postnatal doula support
    • working as a family plus a newborn/s
    • strategies and plans to support each family member.
  • You can add on £25 for a calin bleu wrap and a 30min sling clinic appointment. Saving of over £12.

£45 (price is up to 2 people. Birthing parent & a partner). Run by Babywearing South West

Literacy Explorers 21st October

Sessions are run by Hannah, an experienced primary school teacher. This half terms theme will be THIS IS ME. Each session will have a different focus story/song. The activities are carefully planned to ensure they will support your child’s early literacy development. They will cover skills such as gross and fine motor skills, language development, phonemic awareness and mark making. Sessions are suitable for children aged 2 – 5 years old. £5 per session. Booking is essential as spaces are limited.

Halloween Special 24th October

Details to follow!

September

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Super Saturday! 19th September

Saturday 19th September

The Huddle is joining in with Super Saturday. Sling and carrier demos, Monkey Music, Literacy Explorers, Play Town Parties, Bloom classes and more! Things to join in, take away and find out more all about the businesses part of South West Bumps & Beyond.

Monkey Music will be on the hour from 10am-3pm! Outside opposite The Huddle

🐒Aimed at newborns to under 4’s (although siblings are welcome)

🐒Action songs & body percussion.


Bloom will be with us at 10.30 & 2.30

🌈Aimed at babies from 6 weeks – 15 months

🌈Movement and sensory activities.


Literacy Explorers will be with us at 11.30

🦁Aimed at preschoolers (2yrs-5yrs)

🦁Lion story and craft


Babywearing South West will be there throughout the day

🐧Demonstrating Slings & Carriers

🐧Discount on silver consultations booked on the day! (must be held within 4 weeks of booking)


We are super excited to be hosting 3 mini pop up play sessions @The Huddle on Super Saturday! 🙌🙌🙌
Session 1
10.30am till 11.30am
Firefighter, Doctor and Supermarket
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Session 2
12pm till 1pm
Pumpkin Patch, Vet and Coffee Shop
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Session 3
2pm til 3pm
Construction, Supermarket and Pizzeria
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Spaces are limited due to Covid 19, so booking is essential!
Our role play sets are aimed at children aged 1 to 5 years old, come and ignite their imagination! 🥼🦺⛑️🛒🧰🩺
(1 adult to accompany 1 child, ask about siblings and non walkers.)

book via : playtownparties@outlook.com

Monkey Music Baby Development Workshop 21st September

Sessions at 12.10 & 13.15

Book here

Especially for parents of newborns and babies up to 6 months, this free and interactive session is designed to help you discover how you can use music to support your baby’s development from birth upwards. There will be practical activities for you and your baby, professional information and techniques to use at home. This workshop is free to attend but must be booked in advance due to limited spaces. (If this event is fully booked, please contact Ali at sherborne.dorchester@monkeymusic.co.uk for information about future workshops)

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Nappy Natter 23rd September

Come along to the Huddle in Yeovil find out more about cloth nappies. Chaz from Loving by Nature will be there with her demo kit to run through, answer your questions and will have a small selection of stock for sale.

Session for up to six people, toys available and welcome to bring a take away drink from your favourite cafe.

Book your slot here

Literacy Explorers 29th September

10.45 – 11.45. Sessions are suitable for children aged 2 – 5 years old.

This session is held at The Huddle, in the Quedam Centre. Literacy Explorers sessions are run by Hannah, an experienced primary school teacher. This half terms theme will be THIS IS ME. Each session will have a different focus story/song. The activities are carefully planned to ensure they will support your child’s early literacy development. They will cover skills such as gross and fine motor skills, language development, phonemic awareness and mark making. £5 per session. Booking is essential as spaces are limited – book here

Weekly Groups

We hold a range of weekly drop-in parent groups. Due to Covid19 booking is essential. We have limited our numbers to 6 parents per session. We are following social distancing, use of face masks, regular cleaning and no shared resources and toys for little ones. If you would like any further information of how we are keeping you all safe please do contact us or pop in to see our full risk assessment.

Monday 10.30-12

Hatchlings is a group aimed at parents in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy and with babies under 4 months old. This is a group for support, social and a chance to gather information. Regular guest professionals attending. Always have peer feeding support available for both bottle and breast feeding parents.

You can book your spot here

Thursday 10.30-12

The Huddle does Cake Club! A group for parents who are pregnant, have newborns, toddlers and preschoolers. Come along, let the children play, parents chat, support available as needed and even some tasty treats.

You can book your spot here

Days vary 10.30-12

Happy Feet. A group for parents with little ones who are aged 1-2 years. Come along, let the children play, parents chat, support available as needed and even some tasty treats.

This group does not run the same day every week.

Book here

Fridays 11-12

Hand On Heart Baby Massage

A five week introduction to Baby Massage. During the course you will be taught a full baby massage routine using strokes that consist of Indian Massage, Swedish Massage and Reflexology. Suitable for babies from 8 weeks – Crawling. Book here

Course Dates
Friday 18th September
Friday 25th September
Friday 2nd October
Friday 9th October
Friday 16th October

Course includes
💕Mats
💕 Laminated handouts
💕 Neal’s Yard goody bag with Neal’s Yard baby massage oil
💕 Certificate upon completion£50 for 5 weeks

We will be following government guidelines and the following covid secure measures will be in place
💕 Full Risk Assessment
💕 Appropriate use of face coverings (mask to mat)
💕 Hand sanitiser upon entry and exit
💕 All equipment cleaned thoroughly
💕 Controlled entry and exit.❗️Please note, we are following current government guidelines which may be subject to change. In the event of venue closure or guidelines changing the course will continue online via Zoom.