Submitted by: Hannah Lamdin
I love going out. I really love live music, concerts, parties and hanging out with friends, dancing and drinking cocktails. When I just had one baby I still went to a lot of things at night with him snug in his wrap, but once there were two it was increasingly hard to take them out in the evenings.
I really missed going to my husband’s gigs and hearing live music. Quite a few of our music friends now have kids and they rarely get to see what mummy and daddy do either. It seemed sad that our son knows “Daddy makes music with Ellie’s mum & dad” but that this was always “at work” and not seen. So I thought why can’t we have a gig in the daytime?
BeBop Baby, a monthly daytime dance party at Walthamstow Trades Hall, has grown from that idea.
We missed baby friendly activities that were on when dad was around too, so we decided to put one on ourselves. Nine times out of 10 it is mothers who are off with the kids. Mums miss sharing their kids’ reactions and experiences with dads, dads miss some great activities and their kids’ responses and when there are social things with everyone the dads don’t know each other. So we thought it would be great to have something on a weekend that everyone can enjoy together.
There are loads of really talented parents doing interesting things in all sorts of fields living in Walthamstow. You can connect online but if you’re not on Twitter or don’t happen to cross paths at the swings you might not know about them. I had come across this great online children’s wear shop, Yellow Lolly, but had no idea they were actually based in Walthamstow until a chance meeting in Greenleaf Park.
Now, knowing that local mums Ellie and Claire are behind, it definitely makes me want to shop there even more. So part of the motivation for BeBop Baby was to have an opportunity for people to socialise and find out about what great things people are doing, a real world platform to connect, put faces to names.
What’s there? Live music every month from a professional band and DJs playing a broad range of music, the kind of playlists you’ll hear on Cerys Matthews show or Jamie Cullum. A soft play area for babies (courtesy of the Toy Library), a dressing up box and art table for bigger ones and a bar for that all important Sunday afternoon drink!
We also have a small, curated showcase of family life focused on local businesses, usually run by fantastic Walthamstow mamas.
For more information on BeBop Baby go to: www.bebop-baby.co.uk