Muddies To Be: Session One

Muddies To Be will cover a variety of topics over the course, and the next few blog posts will talk a bit more about what to expect from each class.

You may also have seen that we are going to run whole day courses as well as the six-week courses – the full day will have similar content, but will not cover quite as much because we just won’t have as much time!

In this post, we’ll cover the first session – the end of pregnancy and the beginning of labour – in which we look at physical and mental health and ways in which you can help yourself, and get help from others. 

Boosting your iron levels before birth, for instance, can be really beneficial when it comes to labour and also your recovery postnatally.  But did you know that despite being rich in iron, spinach does not contain the type of iron that is easily absorbed by the body, and so most of it will likely pass right through your digestive system?

We will talk about the ways in which you can look after your baby’s health in pregnancy, such as bonding.  Activities that promote bonding in pregnancy have benefits while the baby is still in the womb and once he or she has been born.  And not just for the baby – it is good for the parents and siblings too!

We’ll cover reasons to give the hospital a call, such as if you think the pattern of the baby’s movements have changed, and why those things warrant getting checked over by a midwife or doctor.

What to pack in your bag for hospital is a hot topic for any antenatal class, and Muddies To Be is no different!  Equally, if you are planning a home birth, we will discuss things to have in the house. 

And we’ll also look at things you can do before the baby arrives to make life easier at home once the baby has arrived (a freezer full of batch cooking anyone?!)

Finally, we’ll cover early labour – what to look out for, how to cope and when to call the midwife. 

And if your due date has past and you are keen to get labour going, we will talk about the various theories out there for bringing on contractions, and the evidence behind them.  (It may not be evidence-based, but we know a few people who swear by booking a really expensive activity around your due date – sod’s law dictates that your contractions will start in time to disrupt those plans entirely!)

At every session, there will be time for questions, drinks and snacks and to enjoy our woodland craft.  We will also talk about how Covid-19 restrictions and guidelines might affect your pregnancy and interactions with the midwifery and hospital staff.

If you’re ready to book your first Muddies To Be session, you can get in touch on our Facebook page or use the contact us here.

Muddy Feet now has a shop!

We are VERY excited to be opening our order books for our new MINI & MUDDY FEET AT HOME BOXES.

Our boxes contain lots of sensory, nature based activities to keep little ones busy whilst also educating them about the natural world and encouraging outdoor play and exploration.🍁

Each Box contains lots of natural resources and activities as well as a detailed Outdoor Activity Guide.

mini box of nature activities

Our Mini Boxes are designed for our younger Muddy Feeters, full of natural items to encourage sensory, messy and muddy play at home.

Gift box of outdoor nature activities

Our Muddy Box is designed for our slightly older Muddy Feeters and has more nature-based craft activities. All activities are very child-led and open ended.

UPDATE: Woodland Play Sessions

We’ve had LOTS of enquiries about our Mini Muddies and Parent and Child sessions and whether we have a waiting list.

Unfortunately due to the last two Lockdowns, we have had to roll our last two half terms over.

Our sessions were all fully booked last term and all bookings were automatically rolled over. We are aware that due to the length of these Lockdowns, many people may now be in different situations; some parents are now back at work, some little ones have started preschool etc.

Once Lockdown is lifted and we have the go ahead to restart our sessions again we will contact everyone booked on to the sessions.

If there is any movement or spaces available in our classes we will post this on our social media pages – so make sure you are following us @muddyfeetoutdoors and www.facebook.com/MuddyFeetOutdoorPlaygroup