Baby Bonding – the Kindermusik Way
By Lisa Page
The first time a friend asked if I’d been to a “Kindermusik” class, my first thought was my baby has five years to go until kindergarten, and my second thought was why does he need to go to a music class?
I’m proud to say I’ve survived the last six months since my baby was born without attending any mommy groups or stroller strides workouts. While I appreciate that these support groups and organized activities are important social activities for many moms, they just never seemed like my thing.
I immediately put Kindermusik in this category, but then this same friend mentioned that babies take really long naps after class. Now that was music to my ears! She also said it’s perfect for moms who are tired of singing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” Ummm…that hit home. I could really use some new tunes in my lullaby repertoire.
After doing some research, I saw that Kindermusik promotes trying a free class. I contacted the one in midtown at 1007 22nd Street, and Henry and I tested it out last week. We showed up expecting a room full of 20 or so moms like my prenatal yoga classes, but I was relieved when there were only a handful of other moms with babies in tow.
Class kicked off with the “hello” song, and I have to admit – I had to try really hard not to laugh out loud at a group of woman sitting in a circle and swaying with our babies while singing in our very best baby pitch voice “hello so and so.” I also don’t understand why so many children’s songs include the phrase “so early in the morning.” It was noon. Four a.m. is early, and I guarantee no one is singing at that time of day.
Needless to say, Henry and I were fairly skeptical at first. The class was fast paced though, so if we didn’t enjoy one song, there was another right after it. The moms were up and down with our babies. One song we were “shaking our eggs” with shakers, and the next we were “going round the mulberry bush” with scarves (and in case you were wondering, both were “so early in the morning”).
It wasn’t until about halfway through the class when Henry finally cracked a smile as we were twirling in a circle. After that, the smiles came more frequently. A few songs later we were rolling balls (and by “we” I mean the moms as none of our babies are old enough to actually roll a ball yet), when my very quiet baby wailed as I took his ball and rolled it to a mom and baby across the way. I noticed no other babies cried when their balls were taken, so I might have a sharing problem on my hands down the road, but it did break the ice and make everyone laugh.
As Henry started to put more into it, we both started to get more out of it. I realized that while this may not be on my list of most fun things to do, it is important for Henry to be around other babies and experience music, and it is great bonding time for the two of us.
Kindermusik’s summer session starts this week. There are shorter courses to account for summer vacation schedules and make ups sessions are allowed. I decided to sign up and give a full course a shot, so this is where you’ll find me every Friday in May and June.
If you’ve tried Kindermusik before, what did you think? Is it worth it?