Baby & Toddler Tuesdays
Baby & Toddler Tuesdays are currently on hold as everything settles and gets back to full steam following COVID. We hope to reinitiate the sessions in the Autumn and look forward to welcoming lots of new Mums, Dads, Carers, Babies & Toddlers.
Our fabulous Baby & Toddler Tuesdays are aimed at having fun and relaxing with your baby/pre-schooler in a friendly and supportive environment. Sessions run throughout the day, just pay normal admission fee to the farm and access as many sessions as you like!*
*Please note some sessions require booking on arrival and all operate on a first come, first served basis on the day ... when they’re full, they’re full!
There is a glossary below with a description of each activity and what you can expect.
Where sessions are preceded by PP, these are Practical Parenting sessions provided by the Torfaen pre-school provision team and Aneurin Bevan Health Board who offer fantastic, practical and informative sessions around the borough through their Incredible Years programme, a wonderful resource for parents through all stages of baby & toddler life.
Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Kate at the Farm for more details. We are SO looking forward to seeing you all again soon and please remember to spread the word with any new mums, dads, grandparents and carers you know so they can come and have loads of fun with their babies and little ones too!
Sessions may occasionally be changed or cancelled at late notice due to factors outside our control. You are always advised to call and check on the day if you are coming for a specific activity.
Useful information if you are visiting the farm with a baby or toddler is available here.
Babes in the Woods
Come along to our woodland Dell and enjoy the great outdoors with your little one and our fantastic team. Whatever the weather, so long as you come suitably suited and booted, it’s the perfect environment to explore and connect with nature. Marvel as your baby gets so much pleasure from the natural environment. We all know that sometimes the simple act of getting outside with our baby or toddler can have a positive effect on their mood (and ours)! There is a universal feeling we get when we put ourselves outside and into the elements. We feel more open and connected to our world, and our babies feel the same way...we all embrace this at the farm every day and would like to share it with you too! The theme will change and vary depending on the season.
We are delighted to welcome Miss Holly of Baby Ballet - a fun, award-winning pre-school dance concept for girls and boys from 6 months to 6 years. Babyballet dance classes allow babies, toddlers and young children to enjoy the physical and social benefits of ballet, song and dance in a safe, caring, positive and informal environment. Preschool children particularly learn through physical and sensory experiences, but learning the art of dance helps them also develop a wider knowledge, skill, and understanding. The health aspects are obvious to see and through dance, children also develop enhanced physical, emotional and social development. (Spaces limited, please book in shop on arrival)
Introduce your baby to a world of sensory exploration, where the two of you can relax, have fun and share in each other’s delight...every element has been meticulously designed with your baby’s development in mind. Created by Dr Lin Day, it’s the result of a lifetime’s work and study and testament to her overriding passion to inspire and educate children and support their parents.
A magical world, full of glowing balls, light shows, puppets, bubbles, rainbows, petals, massage, signing and songs. Imagination is a vital part of childhood. And together you can dance in the snow or dive under the waves, trek through a rainforest and sing the shanties of sea pirates.
Baby & Toddler Resuscitation
Each year, a number of babies and children will suffer an accident or illness severe enough to stop them breathing. In a few cases, it will even stop their heart beating. This is a terrifying thought and something we hope will never happen but some basic skills can help you help your baby if you ever were to be in this situation. Come along to this Practical Parenting session and learn more.
Baby Top Tips
Helpful tips to help you deal with a range of topics including Coping with Crying, Helping My Baby Feel Loved, Encouraging your Baby & Tips for Sleeping.
Gentle stretching, strengthening & toning postures for Mum with gentle engaging movements & songs for baby ending with a short relaxation. Baby Yoga is a wonderful way to share some special time with your baby as well as meet other parents. Baby Yoga supports your baby's physical, emotional & cognitive development. Please bring a blanket. Sessions run by Nicola who is fully qualified and certified by Birthlight as well as CRB verified. Suitable from your 6/8 week check up until baby is on the move!
We are delighted to welcome Ffion, a qualified and fully insured baby massage instructor, certified and accredited by the Royal College of Midwives.
Ffion is passionate about babies and the importance of touch for both their emotional and physical development. One on one time with your baby, responding to their engagement cues and demonstrating love will strengthen that special bond and close relationship. Touch stimulates the release of the love hormone 'oxytocin', and our natural stress relievers 'endorphins', making baby feel calm, content and nurtured. Come and enjoy her taster session and find out how you can join her local sessions.
Bump, Baby & Beyond HypnoBirthing
Ever wondered what HypnoBirthing is all about? In a nutshell, HypnoBirthing is intended to provide you with self help techniques for a positive birth experience. This is the perfect session to find out more and all are welcome whether you are Mums and Dads to be or just want to find out more about it!
For 2021 we are delighted to be welcoming Emma, founder of Cosy Hands Baby Massage. Emma has worked in maternity care for over 20 years supporting families in their new adventure. She has also been a fully trained massage therapist for 5 years, specialising in Swedish, Infant and Pregnancy & Childbirth massage. Cosy Hands evolved naturally from this, complimenting traditional post-natal care while at the same time helping develop strong bonds between parents and babies in a very natural and organic way.
There are so many benefits to Baby Massage. Touch is a primary human need; skin-to-skin contact is proven to raise Oxytocin levels (AKA “the bonding hormone”) in both parent and baby and massage can help to develop growth physically, emotionally and mentally. It is also known to naturally stimulate brain development in infants, leading to a better understanding of your baby’s “cues” (i.e. knowing when he or she is tired or unwell, or when they are especially happy and content). There's much more to find out so why not join Emma for one of her taster sessions here at the Farm? Please note spaces are limited for this activity and must be booked on arrival on the day.
Cymraeg i Blant/Welsh for Kids
We are over the moon to welcome Liz who is here to introduce the Welsh language to your baby in a fun and informal way...sessions may include Baby Massage, Yoga, Singalong and Stories. Suitable for all babies and toddlers and their adults - activities will vary and may be age dependent. These groups are a great way to gain confidence and to start using some simple Welsh phrases with your baby as well as making new friends. All welcome - non-Welsh speakers, Welsh learners & Welsh speakers. Cymraeg for Kids was set up to make parents aware of the bilingual journey available for them and their child by choosing Welsh medium childcare and education.
Dealing with Separation Anxiety (Practical Parenting)
Separation anxiety is a normal emotional stage of development that starts when babies begin to understand that things and people exist even when they're not present – something called "object permanence."
At certain stages, most babies or toddlers will show true anxiety and be upset at the prospect – or reality – of being separated from a parent. If you think about separation anxiety in evolutionary terms, it makes sense: A defenceless baby would naturally get upset at being separated from the person who protects and cares for him. Come along to this Practical Parenting session if you would like to learn some handy tips on how to best deal with separation anxiety for you and your baby.
Family Information Service (FIS)
We welcome Nicole of the FIS who is here to chat with you about all the helpful advice they can give you for your family. Torfaen FIS is a friendly and informative mine of information and their lovely team can give you heaps of support ranging all the way from Choosing & Paying for Childcare to details on local groups to enjoy with your little one supporting positive parenting and helpful tips. If you've never visited them or their website before, pop along and chat to Nicole who can point you in the right direction for almost anything family related!
Join our awesome team and have some fun of the farming variety, get to know some of our animals a little better! Great fun whatever the weather, suitable clothing and footwear a must! These sessions are all aimed at nurturing your child's natural curiosity and helping them to have fun discovering new and exciting sensory experiences. Interaction with animals from an early age has several developmental benefits to children encompassing physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.
We are super excited to be welcoming the fab crew from Pontypool Free Wheelers - Designed with the needs of parents and/or carers at heart, the Free Wheelers programme offers guidance, advice and solutions to help parents in Torfaen enjoy the physiological, social and psychological benefits of getting out and being active. You can make use of one of their fab buggies and get some fresh air and exercise. Sessions are for everyone, every ability – come and try it out with Lucy, Louise and Cerys, (who are all mums themselves), as well as being qualified, experienced Leaders. They will help you improve your fitness, have fun, and make new friends at the same time!
Going Back to Work (Practical Parenting)
The babymoon is drawing to an end and you have to face the prospect of going back to work and returning to a life that you can barely relate to after the whole experience of giving birth and welcoming your baby into the world! How will your baby cope?!? How will you cope?!? As hard as it seems, you can do it! Come along to this Practical Parenting session to learn more!
Gwent Mini Musicians
Very early in their life, even from within the womb, babies and toddlers will start to identify rhythm and even move to the beats of music. Music provides many cognitive benefits that support children’s early development including enhancing emotional wellbeing, enhancing memory, promoting social skills and building a lifelong love of music. Come along and join Sami, professional Oboe player of Gwent Mini Musicians, let your little one explore their senses and find out more!
Healthy Eating for Toddlers (Practical Parenting)
There’s never a dull day with a little one and there’s so much fun to be had with food! It can be a bit of a minefield. What is a healthy balanced diet? How to introduce new foods ... many babies on hitting the toddler stage become more reluctant to eat particular foods or try anything new. This is perfectly normal and stems from caveman times when we didn’t try things just in case they were unsafe. Come along to this Practical Parenting session and join Ruth, Torfaen's Pre-school Health and Sustainability Officer who will be showing you how to engage with your little one and make healthy eating fun, establishing great habits for life! Suitable from age 18months - 4years
Fantastic language development and communication sessions designed for babies from birth up to their preschool year. Sessions are themed with music, art, stories, sensory exploration and games to develop language skills and expand vocabulary. We are delighted to have Lindsay, the creator and developer of this delivering the activity herself! Lindsay has over 13 years experience as a primary school teacher and is also a trained Opera singer! Come along and try one of her taster sessions! Lindsay's story related activities always include some messy exploration so remember: Dress For Mess! (or just bring a change/strip your little explorer down to their vest!) Wipes and towels provided!
Just Be You
Sara offers a range of classes from 'Pumpfusion', to 'Legs, Bums and Tums' and 'Go Cycle' in Cwmbran - some are inclusive exercise classes where infants can come along too. On our Toddler Tuesdays Sara will be offering a taster session of her 'Total Body Workout' classes. As it is an inclusive class infants are welcome.
Kidslingo is a passionate believer in exposing children to languages from a young age, with research linking many benefits to the early uptake of a foreign language, not least a greater linguistic ability later in life. Their philosophy focuses on teaching Spanish and French to babies, toddlers and young kids through engaging songs, games, Makaton, storytelling and drama. Pop along and try Natasha's taster session and find out more about classes running in the area!
La Leche League
Pop along and meet the lovely ladies of La Leche League, a charity which helps mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information and education and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. They will welcome you if you are, are thinking about or have any queries about breastfeeding. Their support helps many local mums year on year!
A fantastic initiative bringing the wonderful sport of Tennis to our little ones! Jane Jones is the mastermind behind Little Hitters, a unique coaching programme that specialises in developing children of pre-school and primary school age. The programme helps to develop agility, balance, coordination skills and technical ability. Little Hitter's aim is to develop a love for the game and encourage a fun, friendly environment for children to learn and gain in confidence.
Llaeth Mam/Mother's Milk
We welcome the lovely mums from this Newport based support and social group that welcomes expectant and breastfeeding mothers whether thinking about or already nursing, expressing or mix feeding, pop along and connect.
LGAC - Llantarnam Grange Art Centre
Join the awesome team from Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre and introduce your bundle of joy to the wonderful world of Art ... we're not expecting your baby/toddler to demonstrate Rembrandt abilities just yet but what a wonderful time to introduce them to Visual Arts and the sensory explosion that it involves ... crunching paper, feeling paint between their fingers and toes and seeing their activities evolve into something they recognise on paper! We are super excited to have the Grange crew on board and wish them a very warm welcome ... toddlers will love this activity but all are welcome and can enjoy the sensory experience. Please be aware that there is likely to be a little mess involved and dress baby in clothes which aren’t too precious or bring a change of clothes!
Lollipops & Ladybirds
Fantastic, local business Lollipops & Ladybirds are looking forward to supporting Baby & Toddler Tuesdays again this year and will be with us on a few occasions to help you create the perfect gifts. Create something with your baby/toddler that will be treasured forever!
Lollipops & Ladybirds do a fantastic range from clay impressions and personalised ceramics to pottery prints and silver fingerprint jewellery. Cost applies.
LullaBaby offers a wide variety of activities, from sensory play to baby yoga and is linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage (the curriculum for birth to five years). These activities have been specifically designed and chosen to expose your baby to experiences that will build connections in the brain and promote their early development. Sessions are hosted by Meesha, a local Mum who has been a teacher for the last 6 years, teaching Science in a secondary school. Meesha is truly fascinated by the science behind the development of young minds.
Mini First Aid
Would you know what to do in an emergency? We are delighted to welcome Linda who runs a very affordable first aid courses for Babies & Toddlers in Newport & Cardiff...it's the moment all of us dread, anything happening to our babies but accidents can and do happen and it is far better to be armed with knowledge than to feel completely helpless...pop along and meet Linda and find out more about her course and where you can join in.
A unique programme of fun songs for your baby/preschooler based around Maggie Moo and her farmyard friends and concepts that children find interesting such as Telling the Time, Questions, Puddle Jumping and Dinnertime...just perfect whilst at the farm!! All the songs are written by a professional songwriter and recorded by professional musicians and vocalists using real instruments. This is children’s music that adults will enjoy too! (limited spaces must book on arrival)
Designed with your child’s development in mind. The music is professionally recorded at a pace suitable for young children. Musical Minis music groups can help your child be:-
A skilful communicator by developing language and co-ordination.
Emotionally developed through sharing stories and songs whilst meeting new friends.
A confident child by joining in the activities in a relaxed group atmosphere.
A creative child by letting the children explore the instruments, sounds, rhythm and movement.
Did you know Torfaen Council have a real nappy incentive scheme? There are many benefits of using cloth nappies ... you can save a lot of money! They say on average parents spend £800 on nappies in a 2.5 year period and £100 on cloth over the same period, disposable nappies contain chemicals which are in close contact to your baby's skin, landfill issues with disposables and so much more! What is more, Torfaen Council can put £30 towards your natural nappies. Pop along and chat to Maria and her team to find out more!
The wonderful team from Torfaen Libraries join us to tell stories and sing songs. Children who listen to stories learn lots of new words and sentences. Learning to enjoy books gives young children a good start when they go to playgroup, nursery and school. Join the library team for some good old fashioned fun.
Sing & Sign
Developed with the help of Speech and Language experts back in 2001, the "Sing and Sign" programme has since taught tens of thousands of parents across the UK how to sign with their babies and encourage amazing early communication. As a part of typical development before speech is well established, babies naturally use a combination of gestures and sounds to help their parents understand them. For example they may point, shake their heads, clap their hands and wave "bye-bye". Now is a good time to introduce some extra gestures to help your baby communicate. It's easy to do and your baby will really enjoy it! Why not try 'milk', 'more', 'change nappy', or 'tired'? Baby signing is wonderfully rewarding and fantastic fun. You will be amazed by what your baby is capable of telling you before being able to talk! Sing and Sign's unique approach combines action songs, props, pictures and toys in musical activities designed to stimulate speech and language development. This is your perfect opportunity to give it a go and find out about where you can access regular local classes!
The Singalong Project
These sessions are the brain child of local Mum Liz who began by wanting to raise funds for the amazing St. David's Hospice Care following the sad loss of her Mum back in 2012. St. David's had looked after Liz' Mum so well that she wanted to do something to repay that love and kindness so she began Baby Singalong, singing groups for babies and carers. Liz enjoyed the sessions so much that she decided to ditch the day job and follow her heart. One day, one of the Mums participating in a session said how much her Dad (who had dementia and lived in a care home) would love it and without hesitation, Liz began planning a group trip to the home. In that instant, dementia friendly sessions were born. Sadly due to the onset of Coronavirus, Liz was told that she could not run her sessions in nursing homes for the foreseeable future. However, every cloud has a silver lining and we are delighted that this brings the opportunity for Baby Singalong to debut at the Farm in our Baby & Toddler Tuesday sessions. Join in the fun online and we look forward to welcoming Liz in person as soon as we can get back through the gates!!
We are delighted to welcome Jessica of JW School of Dance who believes that 'Dance is for Everyone!' She is here to introduce the joy of dance to your little ones...due to the nature of this activity it is more suited to toddlers and those that are standing. That said, you are welcome to sit in and watch what it's all about! Dancing is wonderful for wellbeing and developing physical literacy and it's never too early to start! Come and feel the rhythm and get into the groove with Jess! (Spaces limited, please book on arrival)
Intended for toddlers and babies who are on the move! Using songs and rhymes alongside plenty of movement and stretching, this yoga set is designed to support the transition from babyhood to more developed forms of self-expression through movement. As babies make this transition to independence, physical contact with their parents is often diminished yet remains very important. Smart toddler yoga promotes strength, flexibility and balance. Relaxation and energetic activity are contrasted and balanced providing a foundation for a healthy lifestyle.
Tots Play - Baby and Toddler Play Programme
Kaye of Tots Play offers a variety of wonderful activities in one class. Classes are suitable from birth to 5 years old exploring the benefits of baby massage, baby yoga, baby sign language, sensory play, physical play and balance bikes! All designed to give your baby's brain a boost and most importantly for you both to have fun!
Valleys Gymnastic Academy
Gymnastics has physical, cognitive and psychological benefits for your little one as well as social, linguistic and creative. What is more, they have GREAT FUN and burn off some of that incessant energy, it’s TotTastic!!
We are delighted to welcome Karri with her fab taster sessions of Wigglebums - playful, yoga-inspired movement and mindfulness sessions including stories and sensory play for children (from 18 months to age 4) and their grown-ups. All abilities welcome. Karri is a fully qualified Wigglebums teacher for children and is DBS checked. (Spaces limited, please book on arrival)
There are pirates and kings and lots of princesses... butterflies, horses and pink fluffy dresses. Cowboys and firemen and animals galore and so many more costumes your child will adore!
At the Wonderful Wardrobe Jo knows there's no limitation to your child's imagination. That's why she has developed this unique pre-school programme to introduce music, action songs, dressing up and rhymes to your young child. Wonderful Wardrobe gives your child a fantastic outlet for their creativity. It also improves their learning skills, physical development and social skills but most importantly they're having fun and so are you!
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