We are thrilled that Hartbeeps in South London will be running our baby development sessions South of the River.
Here we meet Samantha Jarman who will be taking this session. She has been working with parents and their babies at Hartbeeps South West London for two years and as a nanny for over six years.
What do you love about your job?
Watching the babies grow and become more confident and content. Seeing the bonding between parents and their babies is utterly magical and I always feel so honoured to witness these special moments. I have been privileged enough to spend time with the same families, from the babies beginning at 8 weeks old until they go off to nursery, facilitating and being part of some really precious moments.
What do you most commonly get asked about baby development?
I am asked all the time about milestones – should my baby be grabbing/sitting/crawling/walking? I say everybody is different and we can have plenty of fun trying out different exercises to encourage these things, but I also like to tell parents that there is no rush, everything will happen when baby is ready.
Hartbeeps focuses a lot on assisting with developmental milestones but without the pressure of a time limit for attaining them. We know the most important things to help a child develop are play, encouraging curiosity and engaging with their grown ups and peers.
What is your top tip for a new mum?
Well! I’m about to become one myself so this is an interesting one! I’d say be gentle with yourself. Be kind and nurturing to your body and mind as well as your baby. Try not to compare yourself with others and most importantly, really cherish and be present as much as you can. At Hartbeeps that’s what it’s all about – focusing on and engaging with your baby with an open heart and no judgement.
There’s so much pressure on mums these days and such a lot of things that need to be achieved that often there’s no time to simply be with your baby and that’s what Hartbeeps is for. Find something, anything, that takes you away from chores and distractions and re-focuses you on your child even for just an hour a day!
What do you like to get up to in your spare time?
I’m a big fan of yoga, I find it keeps me grounded. I love the theatre, seeing friends and family – and most of all a bath, candles and a large glass of wine (when I’m not pregnant!).
Why do you enjoy working with Nurturing Mums?
Community, growing a network of wonderful parents around you and also asking questions is so positive and healthy. Working with Nurturing Mums is wonderful for bringing us together and opening us up to new ideas.
You will be meeting Samantha if you are joining one of our courses South of the River in Earlsfield or Northcote Road.