Core Infant Classes

Our Baby Class offers a set of four “must-take” infant classes that cover all of the most important topics that come up during your baby’s first three months on earth. Check out their full descriptions below. Each of these two-hour classes are intended for any first-time parents or for those needing a refresher course. They are perfect to take prenatally or within the first three months of your baby’s life. Many teachers offer these classes as a set, but others offer them individually. You can take them privately or in a group setting. Find a teacher near you now!

Infant Sleep: Setting the Right Expectations

Everyone has a different approach that worked for them and everyone has his or her own opinions of the dos and don’ts when it comes to how to get your baby to sleep and to stay asleep. So how can we sift through all the information out there and promote healthy family sleep in a straightforward and simple way? Our Baby Class on Infant Sleep does just that. You will leave with a better understanding of what normal infant sleep looks like; why you likely want to avoid the cry-it-out method of sleep training; the benefits of co-sleeping; how to parent at night; and how to avoid sleep deprivation. Class topics include:

  • Infant Sleep Cycles and Patterns
  • Nap Patterns
  • Sleeping Through the Night
  • Co-Sleeping
  • Nighttime Parenting
  • Night Wakings
  • Research Against Cry-It-Out
  • Tips for Safe Bedsharing
  • Preventing Sleep Deprivation

 

The Fourth Trimester: Your Baby’s Transition from the Womb to the Outside World

Being born is a huge transition for human mammals. As a parent, your job is to help ease their passage into babyhood and beyond. In this class, we’ll cover just how to do this. We’ll discuss the concept of the 4th trimester and come up with concrete ways to help soothe a fussy baby who is trying to make his or her way in this new world. We will discuss safe babywearing practices and why for many people, babywearing is a lifesaver. Finally, we will look at the importance of bonding with your little one and fun ways that both you and your partner can bond with your baby, even in the early days. Class topics include:

  • The 4th Trimester
  • Inside the Womb vs. the Outside World
  • Newborn Mammals
  • Soothing Methods
  • The DFG Checklist
  • Witching Hour
  • Babywearing Safety Tips (KISS checklist)
  • Bonding

 

Tips and Tricks: Advice for the Early Days

“It takes a village to raise a child.” This Tips and Tricks class is meant to provide participants with some advice that only past experience can offer. You will learn tips and tricks for helping your child through difficult times including teething, post-vaccinations, sickness, and separation anxiety. You will also leave with a host of great ideas for how to make both feeding and traveling easier, simpler, and more enjoyable. Class topics include:

  • Teething
  • Nursing While Sick
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Milk Supply
  • On-Demand Feeding
  • Feeding Cues
  • Side-lie Nursing Position
  • Nursing in Public
  • Feeding Basket
  • Traveling with Baby
  • Diaper Bag Essentials

 

You’re a Mom Now: Embracing Your New Normal

Becoming a parent is one of the biggest changes one will go through in life. This lesson explores the importance of taking care of yourself and it outlines simple steps you can take to ensure your mental, physical, and emotional health. We also explore how a new baby may change the relationship dynamic with your partner, and how to cope with these new changes in a loving and effective manner. In many families, grandparents will play a central role in your new baby’s life, even if their decades-old parenting style doesn’t match with how you plan to raise your baby. We will discuss this sometimes difficult dynamic and find ways to ensure a partnership with your baby’s grandparents based on mutual understanding and respect. Finally, the class will look at your new post-baby body, how to embrace it, and changes you can and should expect moving forward. Class topics include:

  • Self care: meeting your emotional, physical, and mental health needs
  • Learning to set goals
  • Your changing relationship with your partner
  • Establishing yourself as a new parent: your new relationship with the grandparents
  • Your new post-pregnancy body