Baby Play Group (for caregivers and their babies 6 months - 1 year)
Sep
5
to Dec 19

Baby Play Group (for caregivers and their babies 6 months - 1 year)

Thursdays, 11:00-12:00 (no play group on November 28th)

Are you tired of being house bound with an active baby - a baby who is increasingly interested in the world and people around him?  Come join us at Family Picnic.  Come meet other moms and babies; Share the wonderful changes in your baby as well as the difficulties of having an active baby whether sitting, crawling, or beginning to walk.  We will spend this hour talking about topics important to you, while your babies play with and experience a variety of toys and materials to stimulate exploration and play, we'll end with songs and finger plays to share together. Come and have fun with us in the warm and caring atmosphere at Picnic  

Led By: Sue Gottschall, M.Ed or Rebecca Nguyen, M.Ed

Cost: $15 drop-in; $60 5-group pass **Registration Required!

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Infant Development Workshop for Families
Oct
5
11:00 AM11:00

Infant Development Workshop for Families

Ages Newborn-6 months

Learn more about your new baby’s important early development. Get ready for practical, fun ideas and activities that will help promote family bonding. This workshop is designed to provide information, songs and fun activities to help stimulate early learning, communication, fine and gross motor development, and make tummy time fun. Families will also learn strategies and children’s book suggestions for using books with young babies. Learn surprising things your baby can already do and how you can foster your baby’s early development.  The workshop includes materials to continue the fun and learning at home.

Led By Wendy Auffant, Speech and Language Specialist

Cost: $50 per family

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Infant Massage: A Three Week Series
Oct
6
to Oct 27

Infant Massage: A Three Week Series

*Class will meet Sundays, 10/6, 10/13/ & 10/27

Infant massage provides many opportunities to get to know your baby better. It helps the baby with relaxation and sleep, facilitates body awareness through sensory stimulation, aids digestion and elimination, improves blood circulation, and balances respiration. Experiencing massage with your baby will give you tools to use throughout the first year and beyond. The three classes that compose Infant Massage will emphasize the importance of several key elements: Understanding your baby’s behavioral modes and cues; Respecting your baby’s moods and the messages they give you; Creating the right conditions for a successful massage experience; Communicating through massage; and The elements of bonding in massage. In each class there will be practical instructions on different areas of your baby's body and explanatory hand-outs to support practice at home. Parents will also learn how to adapt massage to their growing child. This class provides an opportunity for both parents to develop confidence in comforting and soothing their baby while continuing to build a loving and lasting connection with him/her.  

Led by Adriana Liwsky, Certified Educator of Infant Massage

Cost: $100

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Mom & Baby Group
Oct
9
to Nov 6

Mom & Baby Group

I already miss our mom’s group!! Wish it went on for many many months!!
-Joy (mom)

This is an intimate group for both first and second-time mothers and their babies. We meet weekly for 5 weeks with loose talking points each day and spend a lot of time talking about how life changes when you have a baby!

These topics include: 

  • Birth stories

  • Changes in how mothers see themselves

  • How to find time for oneself

  • Changes in your relationships, from intimate to professional ones

  • How life will change with a new baby

  • Breastfeeding and other feeding issues

  • Sleeping issues

  • Helping fussy babies

  • Understanding a baby’s separation anxiety

  • Returning to work

  • Help finding the right child care.

In addition, other topics important to the group are added as they come up. As the group continues, moms talk openly and intimately with each other about their personal situations and find support from this amazing group of women that are going through the same experiences at the same time. This group provides an opportunity for mothers to spend time with other mothers and for young babies to begin ‘socializing’. It really is a must for any mom with a new baby! 

Led by Sue Gottschall, Certified Lactation Consultant and Child Development Specialist and/or Rebecca Nguyen, Certified Lactation Consultant and Early Childhood Specialist

Cost: $100 (sliding fee scale if needed)

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Yoga for Moms (with or without your little)
Sep
20
10:00 AM10:00

Yoga for Moms (with or without your little)

This Yoga Class will occur every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. Upcoming dates: September 6 & September 20

Are you looking for a chance to get in some self-care? A little stretching, strengthening, and work on your abdominal muscles and pelvic floor? Yoga after having a baby is a style of yoga that addresses the physical, mental and emotional challenges of being a new mother, as well as the aftermath of pregnancy. Classes specifically concentrate on rebuilding core strength by focusing on restoring Diastasis Recti (Abdominal Separation) and pelvic floor health; releasing tension in the upper and lower body by incorporating both active and passive poses synced with mindful breath. Classes also address common issues and concerns that may arise in this new chapter of life.  

Some benefits of Postnatal Yoga include:              

• Strengthening your core and pelvic floor

• Addressing your posture

• Restoring and nourishing the internal organs

• Relieving back pain

• Calming the nervous system

• Boosting the immune system

• And of course, making new mom friends           

*This class is suitable for any postpartum stage. Moms are welcome to bring their babies or toddlers to class.

Led by Eurika Jankauskaite, she is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. She holds certifications in both Prenatal/Postnatal and Restorative Yoga. Eurika’s teaching style is based on Classical Hatha with a fusion of contemporary branches to best serve the body and mind of today’s modern world. For Eurika, it is important to approach yoga by practicing it in a non-competitive space and create an environment where it can be practiced safely. Inside her classroom the space is used to empower and inspire all to take responsibility for their own physical and mental health through the practice of yoga. She strongly believes that yoga is in everybody and yoga is for everybody. Yoga is a very powerful gateway to one’s personal transformation and it will embrace you no matter where you are at on your personal journey.

Cost: $15/class (registration required)

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Sign & Play: 8-Week Winter Session
Apr
13
to Jun 15

Sign & Play: 8-Week Winter Session

For babies 6 - 18 months
8-Week Session
Saturdays, April 13 - June 15 (skipping 4/20 & 5/11)
11:00-11:45

Do you wish you had a glimpse into what your baby is thinking or what they want and need? Help your little one share their thoughts with you by learning how to effectively use sign language. Sign + Play teaches babies and toddlers simple, easy-to-do gestures for communicating with their parents and caregivers. Using signs gives your child a way to communicate with you long before they have words. In this class, you and your child will learn signs across many practical and fun themes. Signs are introduced while playing games, singing songs and finger plays, exploring toys and story time. Parents are provided with strategies to make signing at home successful. Add in parachute and instrument time and you have a class that is both fun and informative. Come Sign + Play with your child!

Led by Wendy Auffant, Speech Language Pathologist  

Cost: $180

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New Mom's Breastfeeding Support Group
Jan
10
12:30 PM12:30

New Mom's Breastfeeding Support Group

Most mothers agree that breastfeeding can often be challenging, especially during the first weeks and months. Having access to expert support is particularly beneficial and enables mothers to meet their goals. This weekly group is for both, first and second-time mothers and their babies, aged 0-6 months, with a focus on breastfeeding.  

The group is led by Jaudon Rogers, MS, RN, IBCLC, CCE. Jaudon is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant and maternal-child RN. She has many years of experience working with mothers and their babies in a variety of settings. The group will meet weekly for 5 weeks. Each week Jaudon will address your breastfeeding challenges and provide guidance. You will be able to do pre- and post-feeding weights to assess milk intake. Jaudon will also have a loose topic for the group to discuss each week.  

Some topics include: 
• Engorgement 
• Pumping-how, when, and why 
• Clogged ducts and mastitis 
• Building a freezer stash 
• Growth spurts and weight gain 
• Sleep patterns
• Introducing bottles and pacifiers 
• How to prepare for returning to work 

• Teething 
• Distracted nurslings 
• Nursing strikes 
• Biting 
• Oral hygiene 
• Starting solids

In addition, other topics relevant to the group will be discussed as they arise. This group will also provide new moms with the opportunity to form relationships with other breastfeeding mothers and bond over your shared experiences. To have weekly support from a breastfeeding expert, as well as from your peers, is invaluable. Please feel free to reach out to Jaudon at matrescencelactation@gmail.com for questions.

Cost: $150 (for 5 week session) $35 drop-in fee

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Breastfeeding Support Group II (for babies 3-7 months)
Sep
7
to Oct 12

Breastfeeding Support Group II (for babies 3-7 months)

*Drop in available for Group as well! (go to registration tab and click on drop-in option)

*** skipping the week of September 21st

Congratulations! You've gotten through those initial hurdles and have successfully breastfed your baby for a few months!...now what?  Having continued access to expert support enables mothers to meet their long-term goals. This weekly group is for breastfeeding mothers of babies ages 4 - 7 months and is led by Jaudon Rogers of Matrescence Lactation Consulting. 

Jaudon is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant and maternal-child RN. She has many years of experience working with mothers and their babies in a variety of settings. Jaudon is also the proud mother of 3 terrific children. 

This group will meet weekly for 5 weeks. Each week Jaudon will address your breastfeeding challenges and provide guidance. You will be able to do pre- and post-feeding weights to assess milk intake if desired. Jaudon will also have a loose topic for the group to discuss each week.  

Some topics include: 
• teething

• distracted nurslings

• nursing strikes

• biting

• oral hygiene 

• starting solids

In addition, other topics relevant to the group will be discussed as they arise. You will also be able to form relationships with other breastfeeding mothers and bond over your shared experiences. To be able to have weekly support from a breastfeeding expert, as well as from your peers, is invaluable. Please feel free to reach out to Jaudon at matrescencelactation@gmail.com for questions.

Cost: $150 (drop in rate: $35)

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Zumbini Demo Class
Feb
19
10:00 AM10:00

Zumbini Demo Class

Join Margaret O'Sullivan for this fun and energetic demo class. Learn what Zumbini is all about and then sign up for her 6-week class if you love it!

"Created by Zumba and BabyFirst, Zumbini is early childhood education program that uses original music and movement to promote cognitive, social, fine/gross motor skill, and emotional development for children ages 0-5, all while creating the ultimate bonding experience for families. Join us for 45 minutes of toe-tapping, head bopping, hip swinging, drum banging, bell ringing, scarf waving, stick clicking, egg shaking fun!"

Margaret O'Sullivan is a mother of a 3.5 year old and toddler twins. She taught for 15 years in Chicago up until the twins were born. She now loves teaching Zumbini. The best part is the upbeat original music and silly dance moves. Everyone leaves smiling! 

**Demo Class is full... Please join us for our upcoming 6-week course starting in March! See below

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