My 5 month old son loves this Baby Time class. He always has a goofy grin on his face when we do bouncing rhymes and watches intently during story time as the lady turns the book to face him. He’s such a lady’s man already..
Area: Scarborough, Ontario
Age Range: Birth to 18 months
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Most of the Toronto Public Library Baby Time! sessions are held in the mornings so I had a hard time finding one in the afternoon that wasn’t too far away/ easily accessible from the highway (my little one currently sleeps most of the morning). The session is run by library staff- not the Ontario Early Years Centres. They have to run for at least 6 weeks but Agincourt strives to do 8 weeks (thank you!). Here’s what I thought about the program:
|Overall Rating:||Very impressed!|
|Activities:||Story time, bouncing/ tickle rhymes.|
|Amenities:||Lots of parking, washroom with standard baby change station on the wall (no drinks except a water fountain and no food).|
|Value:||Worth it? Definitely if you live close by (it’s only a ½ hour session). You can check the Public Library website to find a location near you.|
I like coming early to these sessions and staying after so I can socialize with the other moms and give my baby a chance to gurgle at the other babies. It makes up for the session being so short. One of the other moms mentioned that this class is very organized compared to the one she attended at Fairview (I haven’t been to that one yet).
Here’s one of my favourite rhymes I learned from the session:
“Way up high in the apple tree (hold your baby up so he’s looking down at you),
I saw a little apple smiling down at me,
I shook the tree as hard as I could (move baby from side to side gently),
And down came the apple (make a slow sweeping motion with your baby),
MMMM it was good! (give baby lots of kisses)”
And here’s some more information about Baby Time:
|Dates & Times:||Thursdays 2- 2:30pm (last session is on May 26, 2011). The program will start up again in the fall (exact date and times TBD). Call the library to register.|
|Address:||Agincourt Public Library, 155 Bonis Avenue, Toronto, ON|
|Major Intersection:||Sheppard Avenue E and Kennedy Road|
Did you go to this session or a similar one at another library? I’d love to hear what you thought about it and if you’d recommend it!
Here are the handouts that I collected from the sessions (I only made it to 3 so far because I signed up late and then skipped a couple because of baby nap timing!). Click on them for a more readable view: