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The Creation Station run arts and crafts classes for 1-5-year-olds in Milngavie (Mondays), Bearsden (Tuesdays) and Partick (Fridays). Check out their website for further information. Arty parties organized too.

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GlasgowBaby has been to try out a Mums in the Park circuits’ class, run by personal trainer Tony Curtis. I decided to go for a run on the way since I imagined a new-mum-oriented class wouldn’t push me that hard – many don’t – but, boy, was I wrong! It was a fantastic class. Probably more suited to those who were reasonably fit before having a baby, the class involved 3 sets of a circuit (incl. squats, lunges, star jumps, the dreaded burpies, plank) with rests in between, followed by a 10-minute game of netball. (I haven’t played netball since I was  a kid, but what a laugh that was, and the competitive spirit keeps you going. Apologies to my team-mates for my complete ineptness….)

Tony, the instructor, came up with the idea for these group classes when one of his personal-training clients said she was finding it difficult to find the time to keep up her fitness after having a baby. We all know what that’s like, so the idea is that mothers can come along with their babies in their buggies. Make no mistake, though; this class is very much about the mother, not the baby. Buggies are parked alongside the circuits area, and restless babies entertained by star-jumping mums.

Tony wants to keep the classes small, so that each person gets tailored attention to take into account the various levels of fitness, time postpartum etc. He’s a lovely guy, who is passionate about what he does, and his infectious laugh keeps you going through the tough bits. The other mothers in the class were truly inspiring, some of whose babies were only 11 weeks old… When my firstborn was that age, I was lucky to be out of the house by 10am, let alone at a circuits class!

Mums in the Park Fitness Classes are run in the West End and the South Side. Find out more by visiting their website. You can also keep track of upcoming classes by following @mumsinthepark on Twitter.

Thinking about using cloth nappies? The Glasgow Real Nappy Network organize informal gatherings over coffee and cake to help you find out all you need to know about using cloth nappies. They have a well-stocked nappy library so you can have a look at different brands, and lots of experienced cloth nappy users on hand to answer any questions you might have.

Glasgow Real Nappy Network Nappuccinos
4 February 2010
10.30am – 12pm Beanscene, Clarkston Toll
1pm – 2.30pm Beanscene, Woodlands Road

On 4 March, the Nappy Network will be organizing a bring-and-buy sale. Ideal for mums looking to destash, and great for others looking to try out some different brands without paying full high-street prices. If you are interested in becoming a seller, contact Jacqueline on 0141 416 5540 or visit their website.