7 Things To Expect at a Sensory Class for Babies

7 Things To Expect at a Sensory Class for Babies


The journey of nurturing and understanding your baby's development is an incredible adventure. One avenue that has gained popularity in recent years is sensory classes for babies. These classes are designed to engage and stimulate your baby's senses, fostering cognitive and motor skill development in a fun and interactive way. 


We’re delighted that so many sensory classes are available to book with your Little Starts Gift Card from the likes of Baby Sensory, Bloom, Baby College and Toddler Sense (head here to search for sensory baby classes near you).


If you're considering enrolling your little one in a sensory class, here's what you can expect from this enriching experience.


  1. A Welcoming Environment

Sensory classes typically take place in a warm and inviting environment. The room is often adorned with soft lighting, gentle music, colourful mats, and a variety of textures to create a comfortable space for babies, toddlers and their caregivers. The atmosphere is designed to be calming and conducive to exploration. It’s often as sensory for parents as it is for little ones! Plus, the class leaders are always welcoming, and it’s the perfect place to meet other parents.


  1. Age-Appropriate Activities

Sensory classes are tailored to different age groups, ensuring the activities are developmentally appropriate. For babies, these activities often focus on fundamental sensory experiences such as touch, sight, sound, and movement. Classes may include gentle exercises, tummy time activities for babies, messy play for toddlers and age-specific toys to engage and captivate little minds.


  1. Texture, Visual and Auditory Exploration

As you might expect, a significant component of sensory classes is the introduction of sensory exploration through different textures, visual aids, and auditory experiences. How do these sensory aspects help your child's development?


  • Texture – smooth surfaces, fluffy fabrics, and bumpy textures provide a wonderfully rich tapestry for babies to discover, feel and enhance their sensory awareness. 

  • Visual Stimulation – think bright colours, big shapes, vibrant patterns, moving objects and appealing toys, all to help your little ones’ visual and neurological development.

  • Auditory Experiences – our little ones are often exposed to more auditory experiences than we realise. However, you’ll find a more controlled mixture of soft music, musical toys, rattles and instruments in a sensory class. For older babies and toddlers, there is often singing and familiar nursery rhymes with actions – all of which help develop your little one’s coordination and sensory development.




   4.  Stimulating Your Baby and Toddler’s Development 


Sensory classes support the development of your baby or toddler’s gross and fine motor skills. Activities such as reaching for objects, crawling through tunnels, and exploring textured surfaces help strengthen muscles and improve coordination. Fine motor activities may include grasping small objects, manipulating textured toys, and practising hand-eye coordination. Everything from tummy time for smaller babies to crawling and learning to stand for older babies and toddlers is perfect for helping your little one’s development. 


  1. Social Interaction

It’s well documented that social interaction is not just good for our small people; it’s essential for parental well-being, too. In addition to the sensory activities in classes, there is often the opportunity for social interaction. You’ll be spending quality time with your little one, plus they’ll be able to interact with other babies, fostering social development and, in older children, the chance to develop early communication and co-playing skills. On top of this, it’s a supportive environment for parents to connect, share experiences and develop friendships.


  1. Participation and Fun!

Sensory classes recognise the importance of your involvement in a baby's development. Parents or caregivers are encouraged to actively join in the activities, providing support and guidance as your little ones explore the sensory-rich environment. You’ll be singing along, playing with toys, and even getting your hands dirty – we guarantee this involvement will strengthen your bond with your baby and create big smiles on everyone’s face.  


  1. Take-Home Tips and Activities

Many sensory baby classes provide you with take-home tips and activities to continue the sensory exploration outside of class. These may include simple exercises, DIY sensory toys, or suggestions for incorporating sensory-rich experiences into daily routines. These tips are perfect to take home and include with other members of the family, even older children.


Ultimately, a sensory class is perfect for early years development, and they are great fun. They can be noisy and involved or gentle and relaxing; either way, they are a memorable way to spend time with your little one and meet other parents.  With a focus on creating a positive and stimulating environment, embarking on a sensory adventure with your little one means you'll witness the joy and wonder of discovering the world through their senses.


To search for the best sensory baby and toddler classes near you, head here.