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Maternity leave Must Do’s in Northampton

Pregnant? Here are the best things to plan to do in Northamptonshire on maternity leave!

Now my baby is 8 months old I have looooved getting out and about in Northants to experience ‘mat leave’ - my first born was a lockdown baby so I never got to do this first time round, so I have really made the most of it. Here’s my round up of my favourite maternity leave activities to do…

Parrots Playground baby class -  Jenny & Harvey run a wonderful family business ‘Parrots Playground’, where they create the very best magical sensory experience for you and your little ones. There classes are in Abington, at St Michaels & All Angels Church Halls. You can find more information on their website here and if your little one is a toddler, they’ve recently introduced toddler Thursdays too! They also offer a trial session so you can see if it’s right for you.

parrots playground baby sensory class with hungry caterpillar prop
Parrots Playground

Grab a Spread & a buggy walk round Abington Park - one of my fave things to do, we frequently grab delicious goodies from Spread  (Amy makes the most incredible sandwiches & they feature local bakers every week for your sweet treats!) and walk round the park on our Birth Base meet ups! If you do a hypnobirthing course with me, you’re most welcome to join our gang and enjoy  free monthly meet ups like this :)

Birth base mum buggy walk meet up at local cafe Spread

Postnatal yoga with Lizzie Edwards in Abington  - you may have already felt the benefits of pregnancy yoga with the lovely Lizzie, but she also runs amazing super relaxed postnatal yoga classes where you can bring your little one along (babies and young children of all ages) and still enjoy some me time. If you fancy a session alone, I cannot highly recommend her yoga in the park sessions enough - being out in the fresh air and nature is so grounding, a truly great stress reliever.

postnatal yoga mats and fairy lights
Lizzie Edwards Yoga

Tots Play - my favourite all rounder baby class with the gorgeous Sarah, such a welcoming, friendly environment and amazing for your baby’s development, learn how to sign, and enjoy singing and playing with your baby and make some lovely mum friends along the way.  You can join a term or do a pay as you go! These classes are based at Hunsbury Camp Hill Community Centre.

Baby at Tots Play halloween class
Tots Play

Play cafe at The Cloud Space, owned by the wonderful Emily - good coffee, nice cake & open ended child led play set ups. Relaxed and safe environment where your children can explore and you can relax. Highly recommend! You can also private hire the space for your babes birthday parties too - we did this for my eldest second’s birthday and it was a real hit! 

toddler playing with slime at cloud space
Cloud Space

Rhyme time at your local library - these free classes are awesome to get involved with , especially when maternity leave budgets get a little tight.  Some rhyme times require bookings, others are a just turn up on the day - so be sure to check before you do!

Swimming lessons! We love swimming with Turtle Tots at the Beehive in Kingsthorpe, turtle tots are child led and supportive fun classes. The Beehive is a lovely venue with a fab charity shop and a cafe you can enjoy a coffee at afterwards with your classmates

baby swimming lesson
Turtle Tots BeeHive

Sweaty Mama classes - a fabulous way to get back into exercise with the wonderful Paula who is SO amazing with your babies and runs such a fun aerobics style class, with lots of squats to tone up postpartum!

sweaty mama exercise class and mats
Sweaty Mama

Active Mummies buggy fitness classes- the lovely Claire runs these in Abington, you can also join sessions at other locations like Rushden Lakes too, depending whereabouts you are - they are a great way to get out in the fresh air, fantastic for your mental and physical health.

buggy fitness class in the park
Active Mummies

All of these suggestions have been tried, tested & paid for by myself.

Is there anything you’d add to this list? Please comment below and let me know!

Want to explore more of the outdoors with your little one? Check out my blog for the best outdoor spots

Interested in hypnobirthing with me? Click here!

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