Baby Care 101 Class

Babies don’t come with manuals, this is the next best thing!

What is covered in the Baby Care 101 class?

As with pregnancy and childbirth, all new parents need to develop confidence in their parenting abilities. The Baby Care 101 class covers all the areas that new parents are concerned about. This class covers basic newborn care including normal infant behaviour and appearance (bathing, diapers, crying, soothing, breastfeeding), knowing when baby is sick and what to do, understanding newborn tests and procedures, vaccinations, circumcision, starting first foods, and major milestones and what to expect.

The class includes hands on instruction and practice of diapering, bathing, burping, and soothing. This is a fun interactive class for expectant parents and support people.

In addition to the Baby Care 101 Class that follows the Lamaze® Prenatal Childbirth Preparation Class, Shelley also provides the option of Private In-Home Classes. The content is personalized to your unique learning needs in the privacy and comfort of your own home in either two or three sessions for a total of nine hours. If making it to group classes is difficult, this might be the best option for you.

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More information and FAQ

I was a teenager when my sibling was born, I have experience with newborns. Do I still need to take a class?
Likely yes! Guidelines change, and current best practices may be quite different than what you remember. Also, it is very helpful to increase your partner’s confidence in their parenting abilities by having the skills necessary. This is a big transition to parenthood, and by having the skills ahead of time, you save yourself the agony of figuring it all out on the fly. This is a great class to bring grandparents to as well. Because guidelines and practices are changing all the time, it is helpful for grandparents and other support people to know what current best practice is.
My mother and mother-in-law have told me very different parenting ideas than what I hear my friends talking about. Is there an additional fee to bring grandparents along to the Baby Care 101 class to learn what is new and how things have changed?
Yes, but a small one. When you and your partner register for this class, you are welcome to bring grandparents or other support people along for just $25 per person. The same applies to the Infant Sleep Foundations class. Feel free to bring along additional people for just $25 when you and your partner register for this class.
My sister has told me that I need to get this baby on a good feeding and sleep schedule from day one. She did cry it out with her kids. I am confused over what to believe. Is the Newborn Sleep Foundations class for me?
This is a great class for expectant parents and new parents (baby age 0-4 months) alike. So much has changed as a result of research, and this is a great class to learn how to get baby off to a good sleep start by understand what normal infant development looks like. As with the Baby Care 101 class, you are welcome to bring along your sister or other support person for just $25 when you and your partner register for this class. It can be helpful to have a good plan for the postpartum period, but it must also be realistic, suitable to your parenting style and suitable to your baby’s temperament.
Which class is the best to attend? What are the options?
Shelley strongly encourages all new parents to consider taking all three workshops. They are all conveniently taken in one weekend, though you may choose to spread them out over several sessions. Shelley does her best to accommodate all needs.

Lamaze® Prenatal Childbirth Preparation Class (Saturday and Sunday 9am to 3 pm)
Baby Care 101 Class (Saturday following Lamaze® class 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm)
Newborn Sleep Foundations (Sunday following Lamaze® class 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm)

You have the option of attending just one, two or all three! The core class is the Lamaze® prenatal childbirth education class to prepare you for birth and the early postpartum period. These classes are the only 2 day weekend workshop in the area and run from 9:00-3:00 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

For those wishing more in depth content on caring for a newborn there is a class from 3:30-5:30 on Saturdays following the Lamaze® childbirth preparation class. This content covers everything you need to know about newborn care to six months from normal infant behaviour, appearance, to bathing and changing diapers. As well, it covers feeding, when baby is sick, vaccinations, tests and procedures, and community resources.

On the Sunday, following the Lamaze® preparation class, there is a class from 3:30 to 5:30 on infant sleep. This content covers everything new parents need to learn safe sleep practices, and how to get infant sleep off to a good start. The number one complaint of new parents is the lack of sleep! This class is designed to help ease that transition through the development of a plan.

Private In-Home Classes are another option. The content is personalized to your unique learning needs in the privacy and comfort of your own home in either two or three sessions for a total of nine hours. If making it to group classes is difficult, this might be the best option for you.

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Upcoming Baby Care Class Dates

Prenatal Childbirth Education & Lamaze®

Register for a Lamaze® class and save 50% off of the Baby Care 101 class, conveniently held in a short workshop format after Lamaze® Class.

Positive Sleep Foundations

Register for a Lamaze® class and save 50% off Positive Sleep Foundations class, conveniently held in a short workshop format after Lamaze® Class.

Lamaze® Refresher Course

This refresher class is designed especially for experienced parents who already have an older child or children and is offered online or in home.

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