Wednesdays 11:45am - 12:45pm
Because Babies Don't Come with Instructions
Our “Baby 101” 8 week series provides advice and information from specialists in their field on everything from:
- feeding (includes getting breastfeeding off to a good start)
- swaddling + holding
- umbilical cord care
- safe sleep
- interpreting your baby's cries
- general health and safety.
Partners welcome. ** Weekly topics subject to change based on specialist's schedule.
Learn more about our LK 101 Series Specialists here.
Each week at-a-glance/8-weeks total:
Week 1: Baby Care – The Early Weeks
Week 2: Breastfeeding Support
Week 3: Pediatric Emergencies/Fevers
Week 4: Sleep Baby Sleep – For Newborns
Week 5: Immunization – How To Safely Immunize
Week 6: Babywearing 101
Week 7: Infant massage/Tummy Time
Week 8: Nutrition – introducing purees/solids
Full Class Details + Descriptions:
Baby Care – Specialist: Kirstin DeBeer
The Early Weeks
Taking care of a newborn can be overwhelming – especially if it's your first. We can help you understand your baby's needs and provide practical tips.
Get the scoop on how to bathe and burp your baby, see how to swaddle your tiny one in four easy steps, find out why babies spit up, and learn from experienced parents who share their best “new-baby survival tips”.
The early weeks can happen with ease when you feel more prepared.
Breastfeeding Support - Specialists: Cathy Redus /Jennifer Lezak
Now that your [bump] has finally arrived breast feeding can be a challenge. You will now need to put your book knowledge to practice in this hands on, baby in arms breastfeeding class.
This class is run by a Board Certified Lactation Consultant and will go over specific latch and position techniques with your baby. Have your latch checked, baby weighed and get the answers and solutions to your questions. You can also bring in your breast pump to have fitted for the correct size and find out the best way to utilize your breast pump.
Sleep Baby Sleep – For Newborns
Specialist: Paula Connolly
As every parent knows, the world of newborn sleep is wildly unknown. Newborns doze at odd times and often seem oblivious to differences between night and day. They awaken frequently which can be a recipe for exhaustion. But, understanding the science of sleep can help you cope.
In this class we will discuss what is happening with the whole child and develop a sleep plan + schedule to meet your family’s needs. Discussion time also gives everyone the opportunity to discuss some of the sleep myths and why they are not based in reality.
Our Sleep Specialist will cover:
- Top sleep mistakes + Sleep needs
- Fundamentals for creating good sleepers + Sleep teaching
- Advice for improving your own sleep
Every baby can sleep well, and it is easier on everyone if you start young. Babies who get 12 hours of sleep at night and age appropriate naps have the tools to grow and thrive. Being a well-rested parents is an added bonus!
Pediatric Emergencies & Fevers
Specialist: Anne Albrecht
Identifying signs and symptoms of a pediatric emergency can be daunting. In this class we review the most common pediatric symptoms that require immediate medical attention.
New parents often fear fevers. It has become commonplace to reach for Tylenol every time your child has even a mild fever. However, this fear of fevers is a myth perpetuated by both parents and some medical professionals, and the drug most commonly used to reduce fevers is now being implicated in a wide range of serious diseases.
In this workshop we will dispel common myths surrounding one of our bodies’ most important responses to infection. We will also provide guidance on how to assess fevers for medical intervention and some remedies to comfort and promote healing at home.
* "Back in 1980, a prominent pediatrician named Barton Schmitt coined the term "fever phobia" to describe the understandable desire of many parents to bring down fevers in their children as quickly as possible. Although almost a quarter-century has passed since Schmitt's phrase caught on, fever phobia is still alive and well." via Parents.com
Wearing your Baby
Specialist: Daisy Hamory
“Baby-wearing” is the practice of keeping your baby or toddler close and connected to you as you engage in daily activities through the use of some type of baby carrier. Wearing your baby promotes bonding, supports breastfeeding, can help combat postpartum depression and makes caregiving easier.
This class is designed for new + expectant parents who have little to no experience with baby-wearing. The ancient art of baby wearing, much like breastfeeding, is a skill that requires practice and hands on help. Find out how baby-wearing can benefit your family and learn about the most popular carriers on the market.
In this class we will discuss these topics + more:
- History and origins of baby-wearing - Benefits of baby-wearing
- Types of baby carriers and wraps - Safety and Comfort
Babies are always welcome. If time permits, we will be practicing how to use a popular carrier and I will provide weighted demo dolls if you do not bring your own baby.
Immunization – How to Safely Immunize
Specialist: Irina Nikonova
While some vaccines may be important for public health, they are not without risk.
With the passage of SB277, parents have lost the right to opt-out of most childhood vaccines. While parents have no choice in whether or not to vaccinate, they do have some control over HOW children are vaccinated.
In this class, we explore some of the major risk factors of vaccination and what we can do to minimize these risks.
For more info: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web sites for estimates of disease prevented by vaccines. This represents one answer to possible questions.
The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) champions the rights of individual families to refuse vaccines.
You may want to do your own research ahead of time.
Week 8 :
Nutrition – Introducing Purees/Solids
Specialist: Kirstin DeBeer
Learn about feeding your baby and the different stages of solid foods.
- Lets’ Begin to Eat! (4-8 mo.) – “baby cereal, pureed fruits + veggies
- We’re Moving On... (8-10 months) – spices, pasta & dairy such as yogurt & cheeses, meats, proteins and tofu.
- Almost Toddlers + eating grown-up foods!
Our Nutrition Specialist will help you understand:
- How to introduce puree and solids.
- Why do I feed my baby the same thing for 4 days without trying something new?
- Why should I skip baby cereal and begin with fruit like avocado or veggies like butternut squash or sweet potato?
- What ages are they ready to eat various foods?
- What foods should be cooked and pureed or chopped into small soft bits.
- How does teething affect the foods I introduce?
Through this class we'll make eating with baby a piece of cake!
Week 7 :
Infant Massage/Tummy Time
Specialist: Donna Eshelman
Babies need time on their tummies to develop strong neck muscles which will help them accomplish all of their physical milestones like:
Your baby will naturally start trying to lift their head to see what is going on around them but they won't be able to hold their head up for long periods of time until they’re round 3 or 4 months. Eventually your baby will use this position to roll over, scoot, and support themselves with their arms. Learn about these important developmental milestones.
Additionally, our specialist will teach you infant massage techniques to soothe + bond with your baby, plus techniques to promote healthy happy tummy time.