Infant Massage Class – Online registration for this event.

Who it’s for: This class is for expectant parents, new parents, family members or anyone else wanting to learn about infant massage. If you already have a baby, the class is perfect for babies 6 weeks to 6 months.

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Details: Rub a tummy…stroke a foot…bond with your baby! This two-hour class will introduce you and your baby to the gentle art of massage. Babies who are massaged are often calmer and suffer less from colic. Knowing how to properly massage your baby will build confidence in your ability to respond appropriately to your baby’s cries and needs. For working moms and dads, massage can offer a relaxing way to reconnect with your baby at the end of the day. The class instruction will cover:

  • Specific benefits of infant massage
  • How to massage your infant’s whole body, including face, torso, limbs, back, etc.

An experienced massage therapist and teacher will conduct the class. Bring baby, a blanket and a towel. Fee is $60 for both parents and newborn.


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Infant Massage for Premature Baby ClassOnline registration for this event.

Who it’s for: This class is for the parents, grandparents or other family members and care providers of premature infants.

Details: Infant massage has been shown to be beneficial to the health and development of premature babies. Research has demonstrated that babies who are massaged while in the NICU and at home will gain weight more quickly, bond better with their parents and reduce their stay in the hospital. Research done at George Washington Hospital under the direction of Dr. Hany Aly has proven that even the most at-risk babies will benefit from massage. Instruction for this class will cover:

  • Specific benefits of infant massage for premature babies
  • How to massage your infant’s whole body, including face, torso, limbs, back, etc.

An experienced massage therapist and teacher will conduct the class (you can also register for a private session). Fee is $40 per parent/couple.


Infant & Child First AidOnline registration for this event.

This Infant & Child First Aid teaches and focuses on easy to learn emergency procedures that prepare participants when to use CPR, use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and EPI Pen.

The American Heart Saver First Aid curriculum will include care for sudden illnesses, wounds, burns, injuries to muscles, bones and joints, as well as heat and cold-related emergencies, for 6 months to age 8 years old. Couples will receive a AHA booklet with detail procedures. This 2-hour course is taught by Certified EMT Infant & Child CPR techniques are not taught in this class.


Sleep Management in the NewbornOnline registration for this event.

This Class is directed at new families and beginning the day/night cycle in the new born.  Soothing techniques to calm and help baby sleep will be presented and demonstrated. Happiest Baby on the Block techniques will also be reviewed with hands on demonstration.  Swaddling will be demonstrated and various available commercial swaddles will be reviewed for effectiveness.  The class utilizes the infant physiology to encourage sleep in the newborn.  Evidenced based information will provide you with the necessary skills to help your baby sleep.

Class only – $75

 
 

Sleep Management 4.5 to 12 Months – Online registration for this event.  This class is for families who have survived the first three months of their newborn but are unable to help their babies consolidate sleep for more than one or two hours.  This age group should be able to sleep 11-12 hours at night, This is a gentile approach to helping your baby get the sleep (s)he needs without listening to what seems like hours of crying until the baby is exhausted and so are the parents.  This class will capitalize on the baby’s inherent need for sleep.  Provide the parent with a concrete plan to assist thier baby in sleeping in the crib, going to sleep at a regular time, staying a sleep through the night.

Class only – $75