Motherhood is the greatest adventure. Like all great adventures, it is filled with unknowns and so many questions. You have this new little life and a new role as a mama. Your day now consists of sleeping whenever possible, as well as continually being covered in spit up and baby poop! How do you meet friends now? How do you connect with other people who are on the same new adventure as you? The best solution: connect through baby classes.
When my oldest daughter was born, I searched for classes available to infants, and found a local Kindermusik class that offered classes for babies starting at four weeks old. We started classes when she was just two months old and we both loved it! I was able to make connections with other parents and my daughter was able to interact with other babies. We continued with that class until she was six years old and formed friendships in that class that we have to this day.
Taking the time to connect with your baby during a class, and in turn connect with other parents, provides your baby with a valuable head start in life. Studies have shown great benefits for babies who participate in music, swimming, movement, and infant massage classes. Positive results include improved verbal skills, boosted cognitive skills, increased social and emotional development and even improved literacy skills as they age.
Participating in classes can provide a great boost to parents’ overall confidence as well. Besides the tools parents learn in these classes, the ability to chat with other parents about what challenges they may be facing is invaluable. Hearing other sleep deprived stories and comparing notes on what diapers and baby gear are favorites is so great and makes you feel like you are not alone on your parenting journey.
When I started teaching infant massage classes a year ago through Chicago Doorstep Spa, I was excited to share infant massage and its benefits with other parents. What I didn’t anticipate was how much fun it would be to see new moms compare stories and commiserate with each other. I love that without fail, at the last class, all of the moms are trading contact info and planning their next get together. I provide them with a list of other class ideas so they can continue creating memories with each other and their babies.
During my three week long group infant massage classes, parents learn a series of strokes and techniques that enable them to do a full body massage on their babies. Parents are always eager to learn the strokes that help with colic, gas, and teething pain! We also talk about the importance of listening to baby and learning the signs that they are happy and ready for a massage. Learning these signs can be so helpful in all other areas of caring for baby too, and really empowering for parents to feel like they have a great level of communication with their babies as they grow.
If you would like to join an infant massage class in the fall, we have classes planned at Kickin’ Maternity in Roscoe Village and both Little Beans locations. To register for the Kickin’ class or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can register for classes at Little Beans by following the link below.
Jessica started Chicago Doorstep Spa two years ago after moving here from Seattle, Wa. She currently lives in Lincoln Park with her husband and three kiddos, Mia 15, Ella 11, and Max 8. She became a massage therapist in 1999 and was certified as an infant massage instructor in 2014.