Little Acorns Massage classes will be starting in Langside Hall, Glasgow on 13 August 2010. Joanna is a qualified infant massage instructor trained by the International Association of Infant Massage. She also worked as a paediatric Speech and Language Therapist for a number of years before training in infant massage. To find out more, visit the Little Acorns Massage website.

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Fancy a bit of shopping at Silverburn, but wondering how you’ll keep the kids amused? Well, Busy Bees Craft Studio are running FREE craft workshops on the following days, between 1pm and 4pm.

Friday 2nd July
Thursday 8th July
Friday 16th July
Sunday 25th July
Friday 30th July
Thursday 5th August
Friday 13th August

They’re situated at the info desk on the ground floor. For further information, visit the Busy Bees Craft Studio website.

The Department of Human Nutrition at Glasgow University is looking for pregnant and non-pregnant women aged between 18 and 40 to take part in a study to examine iodine levels. The aim of the study is to provide greater understanding between dietary habits and iodine sufficiency as well as promoting healthier diets in Glasgow, as iodine is essential to healthy growth and metabolism for women and their babies.

So what would you have to do?

Fill out a small food questionnaire on your dietary habits, a urine sample, a blood spot (finger prick), weight, height and waist circumference and have your blood pressure taken. The measurements are unobtrusive and will take no longer than five minutes, and all results are confidential.

Not only will you be involved in exciting research but you will also be entered into a prize draw where you have a one in fifty chance of winning £100!

If you are interested and would like more information please e-mail Emilie or Natalie at: nutrition.glasgow@gmail.com or phone 0141 201 0768.

The Scottish Youth Theatre are running their popular Family Story Time sessions again over May and June. Performers bring classic children’s stories to life using lighting effects and props, and audience participation is a must. Designed for younger children, the performance runs for 45 mins, and tickets cost £5/person or £15 for a family ticket (x4). Under 2s go free. After the show, head to Cupcake on Bell Street for a story-themed treat (at a discounted price on display of your story time ticket).

  • 15 & 16 May 10.30am & 12.30pm: The Three Billy Goats Gruff – how will the goats make it over the bridge when there are scary trolls hiding underneath it?
  • 29 & 30 May 10.30am & 12.30pm: The Twelve Windowsa young farmer boy only has three chances to make the beautiful princess fall in love with him so enlists the help of his friend the white fox, who has magical powers.
  • 12 & 13 June 10.30am &12.30pm: The Old Woman And Her Pig – when the old woman finds a shiny new sixpence and buys a new pig, all sorts of trouble come her way!
  • 26 & 27 June 10.30am & 12.30pm: The Sword In The Stone – Sir Kay’s sword is doomed to remain in the stone forever, and only the true future king of England is

Family Story Time
Scottish Youth Theatre
The Old Sheriff Court, 105 Brunswick Street, Glasgow, G1 1TF
Sat 23 & 24 Jan

For further information, visit the Scottish Youth Theatre website.

A date for your diary: the annual Scottish Baby Show is taking place in just over a month’s time, from Friday 23 to Monday 25 April 2010. With over 150 exhibitors, it’s a one-stop shop for all things baby-related, including hypnobirthing, clothing, baby classes, and buggies. You can see the full list of exhibitors here. If you’re a fan of Annabel Karmel, she’s giving a talk on the Friday morning about eating in pregnancy, feeding babies and coping with fussy eaters.

The Scottish Baby Show 2010
SECC Glasgow
23-25 April 2010, 10am – 5pm
Tickets: £6.50 online in advance, £8.00 on the door.
The Baby Show website

Jungle in the City Soft Play are starting an Arts & Crafts class on a Monday morning for 2-5-year-olds. The session runs from 10.30am to 12pm, and costs £5, which includes a 45-minute class followed by 45 minutes’ play in the soft-play area.

Jungle in the City Soft Play
8 Gardner Street, Partick
Glasgow G11 5NG

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.

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.

Looking for a family activity this weekend? The Scottish Youth Theatre are running Family Story Time this weekend. Performers tell classic children’s tales – The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, How Jumbo Went to the Moon, The Three Little Pigs and The Pied Piper of Hamelin – through the use of props, lights and sound effects as the audience sit round the performance on big comfy cushions. Desinged for younger children, the performance runs for 45 mins, and tickets cost £5/person or £15 for a family ticket.

Family Story Time
Scottish Youth Theatre
The Old Sheriff Court, 105 Brunswick Street, Glasgow, G1 1TF
Sat 23 & 24 Jan

Also running in February and March if you can’t make it this weekend. For further information, visit the Scottish Youth Theatre website.