Baby Play Group (for caregivers and their babies 6 months - 1 year)
Jan
10
to Apr 25

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

Thursdays, 11:00-12:00 

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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Sign & Play: 8-Week Winter Session
Jan
12
to Mar 9

Sign & Play: 8-Week Winter Session

For babies 6 - 18 months
8-Week Session
Saturdays, January 12 - March 9 (skipping 2/16)
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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Infant Massage: 3-Week Course
Feb
2
to Feb 16

Infant Massage: 3-Week Course

We did Adriana’s class on Saturdays and it was so wonderful! It was such a special time to be with all the babies and learn a cool way to connect with our daughter.
— Tina (mom)

Infant massage provides many opportunities to get to know your baby better. It helps your baby with relaxation and sleep, facilitates body awareness through sensory stimulation, aids digestion and elimination, improves blood circulation, and balances respiration. 

Through this class, you will be given the opportunity to Experience massage with your baby which 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 instruction 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
Feb
13
to Mar 13

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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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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Grow & Play: 6 Week Session
Jan
10
12:00 PM12:00

Grow & Play: 6 Week Session

Baby Grow + Play                                                                                      

Saturdays, September 15th - January 19 - March 2 (skipping 2/16)

Ages: newborn- 6 months

Learn more about your new baby’s important early development. Get ready for practical ideas and activities that will help promote family bonding. This class is designed to provide information, songs and activities to help stimulate early learning, communication, fine and gross motor development. Learn surprising things your baby can already do and how you can foster your baby’s early development. Each class includes at home materials with strategies, tips and song ideas to continue the fun and learning at home.

Class will run for 6 sessions for 45 minutes. (Class may be cancelled if minimum sign-up of 5 families is not met.) Fee: $135 per child (materials included).

Taught by: Wendy Auffant, Speech Pathologist

Cost: $135 

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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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