We love this ‘soft play code of conduct’ from award-winning blogger WallyMummy, who has 22 rules to keep you sane in the soft play world:
- Leave your dignity at the door. This is war.
- Wear sensible clothing. i.e. leggings and a sports-top… oh hang on… that’s what you wear every day. Ok. Wear that.
- And ‘black-up’.
- Remember. Territory is everything.
- Get organised. Upon arrival scan the area for the ideal vantage point and discuss tactics with your fellow mums via a closed Whats App group.
- Assign a group of three mums to cover the slide area and send two to the upper levels as look-outs, while you man the ball-pit exit and simultaneously ‘bagsy’ two highchairs. #skillz
- Move in packs and take out the fellow under fives first. They’re smaller, weaker and their spirits can be broken with the mere promise of cake.
- Sleep and eat* in shifts so as not to relinquish territory.
- *However, don’t open a packet of baby-snacks in plain sight of an unruly gang of under fives. You will be violently and quite possibly fatally assaulted. Rice-cake-rage is no joke.
- Also – never leave a sippy cup* unattended. I’ve seen mums lose fingers… and eyes… and teeth…
You can read the full list of soft play ‘rules’ on WallyMummy’s original blog post: The soft-play code of conduct