The FORFAR Healthy Start Café is re-opening on Monday, October 22, and will be ready to welcome mums and babies after the school break with a baby signing session.
The café is held in The Guide Hall, The Myre, and runs on Mondays during school term time between 11.30 am and 1.30 pm. Part of the Angus Community Health Partnership’s Healthy Happy Communities Project, the café provides a comfortable, relaxed and informal environment for mums and mums-to-be. From the minute they discover they are pregnant, women are welcome to come along to the café which provides a comfortable space where they can chat and share their experiences.
Kicking off the new session will be Gayna from Tiny Talk who will be joining the group to give a talk and demonstration on what baby signing is all about in a fun and relaxing way.
From as early as six to nine months babies can begin to tell parents what they want and how they feel just by using their hands.
Baby signing is a form of pre-verbal communication which recognises that babies have control of their hands long before they have control of their vocal cords and this short introductory talk aims to help parents understand their babies better.
The Healthy Start Café also provides a healthy snack and, over the coming weeks, there will be different activities planned for mums and mums-to-be as well as a range of health and lifestyle topics for information and discussion.
Denise Black Healthy Happy Communities Project Worker, said: “Sometimes it can be difficult to meet other mums and the café is a great opportunity for new mums and mums-to-be to get together. The activities are very much decided by the mums themselves choosing topics that are of particular interest to them. “