Growing Together: Mom and Baby Group
Infant Development, Play and Self Care for Moms and Babies
This pandemic is getting you down.
You can't get out to in-person mom and baby groups, like you planned to.
Making new mom friends is so hard when you're stuck inside.
You wish you had other moms to chat to about what parenting is really like.
You want clear, succinct information about how to support your baby's development, and how to care for yourself while you care for baby.
This is what Growing Together is all about!
This seven week group provides information and practical guidance on infant development and play for babies, and self care for moms, in a relaxed, non-judgmental environment. We have a whole week devoted to connecting with other moms - our unique 'Coffee and Chat' week.
When you join this innovative, holistic six week group run by a pediatric & maternal health occupational therapist, you will:
Learn how to help your baby grow and develop their skills
Know how to make tummy time fun rather than stressful
Learn how to look after your body and mind as a parent: posture, ergonomics to avoid injuries, core and pelvic floor rehab, and more
Gain support and advice on common parenting concerns such as teething, baby sleep patterns, introducing solids, digestion and feeding issues
Make new mom friends who know exactly what you're going through - because they're experiencing the same things!
Incorporate self care into the activities you already do
Find out how you can return successfully to the activities you love
Who can sign up?
Growing Together is designed for expectant moms from their second trimester onwards, up until baby is six months old. We welcome all moms in our inclusive online space.
Growing Together is currently hosted through Blossom Birth and Family, a local non-profit organization. Click below to find out more, check dates and sign up:
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What will I learn in Growing Together Group?
Here are some of the many topics we cover during class, to give you the information you need to make informed choices about caring for your baby and bring the fun back to parenting:
Tummy time, sensory experiences, massage, calming activities, songs and activities that support development. We discuss developmental milestones and how to use movement patterns to support progression. Moms will also take away easy-to-implement strategies for baby’s reflux, gas, breast and bottle feeding issues, teething, sleep patterns, use of baby equipment and how to introduce solids.
It's easy to feel like you have no time for yourself as a new mom. We focus on 'do-able' self care, that won't take up extra time in your day, including:
Strengthening your body through stretches, breathing exercises, and safe core and pelvic floor exercises. We work on alignment and posture so you feel balanced and pain-free. We cover how to avoid injuries, how to hold your baby without feeling the strain, and ergonomics tips for safe use of baby equipment including stroller, carrier, car seat and baby seating options. Because so many new moms feel like they have no time for themselves, we also look at managing your time, managing your expectations, and maintaining your mental health.
''Being a new mom has really taken over my life - this class helped me to feel like myself again''
NT, Mom of 5 month old