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Best Bonding With Baby Classes In Chicago

February 28, 2011 2:00 PM

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New Mother New Baby

Next to snuggling skin-to-skin with baby at every opportunity, the best way a parent can bond with his or her little one entails spending time together face-to-face interacting with each other. Classes intended to foster bonding between baby and parent are great places for parents to learn how to interact and secure the heart strings of attachment while also getting out of the house and meeting other families. Here’s a list of the best types of classes offered in the Chicago-land area that promote baby-parent bonding.

Babywearing

New Mother New Baby
3115 N. Dundee Rd
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 272-1500
www.newmothernewbaby.com

It’s no secret that babies love to spend their days pressed against the people they love most — mom or dad. Babywearing classes, like the ones offered at New Mother New Baby, encourage mom and dad to bring along baby so parents can learn how to keep baby close even while going about daily activities like cooking, cleaning or going to the store. Experienced teachers demonstrate babywearing safety and basics while helping parents find the right carrier for everyone involved. And best of all, the focus of all teaching efforts are aimed at helping the wearer and baby spend their days in a secure attachment.

Infant Massage

New Mother New Baby
3115 N. Dundee Rd
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 272-1500
www.newmothernewbaby.com

Parents searching for ways to soothe baby while simultaneously bonding will find technique and a place to connect with their little one at an infant massage class. During a class, like the one at New Mother New Baby, parents will learn how to help relieve discomforts baby experiences from colic, reflux and gas pains with their best tools — their hands. The one-on-one time with baby coupled with the physical touch entailed in the class will leave mom or dad and baby relaxed, refreshed and connected.

Baby and Me

Cygnus Lactation Services
402 N. Seymour
Mundelein, IL 60060
(847) 837-4091
www.cygnuslactation.com

Nursing mothers and babies enjoy closeness during breastfeeding, but often mothers have questions concerning the nursing basics or their experiences that only other nursing mothers can answer. At the monthly Baby and Me class, mothers and even fathers gather together to support each other in their breastfeeding endeavors, strengthening their physical and emotional bonds with baby as established through the nursing relationship. The class is free of charge and facilitated by International Board Certified Lactation Consultant Nancy Morbacher, who is author of The Breastfeeding Answer Book.

Kindermusik Village

Be By Baby
1645 W. Roscoe
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 404-2229
www.bebybaby.com

Kindermusik Village classes, like the ones hosted at Be By Baby, are meant to stimulate both baby’s body and mind while teaching mom and dad how to encourage their little one’s learning through vocal play, instruments and creative movement. With lots of face-to-face interaction that involves singing and physical touch, mom and dad along with baby will not only have a chance to bond but also enjoy eclectic music, dance and age-appropriate activities.

Mommy and Me Yoga

Cutie Poops and Bottoms
14910 S. LaGrange Rd
Orland Park, IL 60462
(708) 873-4588
www.cutiepoopsandbottoms.com

Babies and moms alike will enjoy this 45-minute long class in which moms begin to restrengthen their post-partum bodies while strengthening their ties with their little ones. The yoga poses focus on stretching and strengthening while encouraging mom and baby to relax, which increases the potential for deep bonding. Mommy and Me Yoga classes like the one at Cutie Poops and Bottoms are intended for mothers with babies who are older than six weeks and not yet crawling. {Spring session is filling quickly. Call the store as soon as possible to reserve a space.}

Hyacynth Worth writes about all things motherhood, faith and family at www.undercovermother.net.

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