Singapore is the place to be for courses and more courses. You’ve probably got your child enrolled in a few neat classes – why not learn a new skill yourself?
1. FUSSY EATER BEGONE
You need: Fussy Kids Cooking Course, Expat Kitchen
If you are concerned that your little one’s fussy eating habits are causing their nutrition levels to take a dive, worry no longer. The chefs at Expat Kitchen have created the perfect course for you. Within their boutique kitchen in Little India, you will learn how to cook a host of dishes that come filled with hidden vegetables. Priced $425 for a three-hour course.
2. BOND WITH YOUR BABY
You need: Baby Massage, Mom n Baby
Aromatherapy is not just for adults, your mini-me will love the pampering too. Mom n Baby’s Baby Massage sessions not only help boost your little one’s mood, it will help regulate his or her sleep cycle. The therapists will guide you through the techniques so that you can form a closer bond with your baby. For babies aged 1 to 24 months. Priced $600 for a five-week course.
3. BE A BREAST-FEEDING GURU
You need: Baby Café, Mother & Child
Still a little in the dark about breast-feeding? Not sure whether you’d rather have the convenience of a bottle? The UK breast-feeding concept clinic Baby Café is now in Singapore, at the pre- and post-natal centre, Mother & Child at Tanglin Mall. Each week, Baby café holds a mini coffee morning where pregnant and nurturing mums can share experiences as well as chat to the centre’s lactation experts and get some expert advice. Priced $15.
4. SING LULLABIES THAT CALM
You need: Newborn Class, Musical Monkeys
Whether you’ve got the rhythm or not, you can still use music to help support the development your baby’s senses. During this hour-long class, parents learn how to communicate with their newborn baby through song. You are taught songs that will help stimulate them, as well as lullabies to calm them down. For babies aged 0 to 12 months. Trial session $25.
5. BOOST THEIR LANGUAGE SKILLS
You need: PlayNest, Julia Gabriel Centre
Help boost your child’s language skills by enrolling them at Julia Gabriel Centre’s PlayNest. This innovative English language class encourages parents to join in with the sessions, creating a sense of security in the child’s mind. You will be taught the songs and stories they learn at the centre so you can reinforce it at home. For children aged 6 to 18 months. Priced $1,082.84 for a 11-week course.
6. HAVE THE POWER OF OBSERVATION
Increase your observation skills with a little help from Blue House. During these discovery sessions, you will be able to become a natural observer of your child. Whether it’s during nature, cooking or music sessions, parents will learn the techniques the teachers use to stimulate learning and concentration. You can then practise at home. For toddlers to three-year-olds. Priced from $20.
7. COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR INFANT
You need: Baby Signs Singapore
Hungry? Tired? Need their favourite toy? You don’t have to wait until they are old enough to speak before you can communicate with your baby. Certified baby signs instructor Kate Moreau will teach you and your baby a variety of hand signs that will help you “talk” to your baby about bedtime, meal time and getting dressed. Kate uses Beebo the Baby Signs Bear, who will sign throughout songs and stories, and flashcards are also given out to help baby (and mum). For children aged 4 to 24 months old. Priced from $30 (various locations).
8. BE THE FOURTH EMERGENCY SERVICE
You need: First Aid Class, ParentLink
If the only thing you could do in case of an emergency is call 995, maybe you need to boost your first aid skills and book a class with ParentLink. The St John Ambulance-trained expert will come to your home and, during the four-hour course, show you the basics in first aid and CPR. Priced from $120 each.
9. STOP TANTRUMS WITH EASE
Worried that you’re not doing the best job? This course gives busy parents the tools they need to help turn their kids into independent, levelheaded adults. Course for parents of newborns to six-year-olds help define your parenting style, while those with children aged 7 to 12 years will learn more about communication and helping kids with decision making. Priced $60 (adult), $90 (couple).
10. SET A HEALTHY EXAMPLE
You need: Strolltastic classes, Bloom’n Fit
Want to set a good example for your little one? Then sign up for Bloom ’n Fit’s Strolltastic Classes. These strength and conditioning sessions not only whip you into shape, they also show your mini-me how much fun a fitness session is. The whole family can join in the workout—babies go for a ride as you powerwalk your stroller around the park, while older children are invited to join in with some exercises. Trial session free, $20 thereafter.
11. BE A SLEEP MASTER
You need: Singapore Supernanny
If you are more likely to see a shooting star than have your baby sleep throughout the night, don’t panic. Singapore Supernanny, Zoe Chu offers a sleep consultation package. She starts with a 30-minute phone consultation first, and then, if you need more, she has a sleep consultation package to help bub and mum get a good night’s sleep. She won’t expect you to leave a baby unattended to cry alone. She will only offer suggestions that you are comfortable with. Priced $100 for the 30-minute phone call; $590 for the sleep consultation package.
12. FEED YOUR FAM WELL
You need: The Pantry Cooking School
The Pantry is all about delicious food and honest ingredients, and you get to learn their secrets at the cooking school. Each class is hands-on, allowing you to hone your culinary skills and develop confidence in the kitchen. They also offer mini chefs cooking classes to get your little ones cooking a three course menu and baking cupcakes!
By Claire Turrell, Harper’s Bazaar Junior, Issue 17 June 2015
Additional reporting by The Finder