Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Where to go with your baby in Dover, NH

So, you have a new baby and you've finally mastered getting him in and out of the carseat.  You know what to pack in your diaper bag and you are comfortable with feeding him in public.  Great! 

But...where do you go? 

Getting out of the house is not only a multi-hour project, it is also vitally important to your mental health.  One of the best ways to beat the baby blues is to leave your house with the baby and spend some time with other adults.  The perfect scenario is a Mommy & Me group or class, places where you can hang out and not have to leave if your baby gets hungry or starts to cry. 

These groups also give you a chance to connect with other local moms who have babies the same age as yours and perhaps develop friendships.  Below you will find a list, but be sure to "like" me on Facebook for the most updated info on local classess and resources. 

Here's a day-by-day guide to getting out of the house with your baby in the Dover, NH area: 


9:30 - 10:30 am  NOGGIN FACTORY, Dover NH
New Baby Play Group
This is an open and free Play Group for wee ones ages birth to 12 months and their caregivers. New Baby Play Group is mostly participant driven, though we will occasionally schedule special guests to present information about popular topics. Special sessions will be announced on Facebook. We recommend that you bring a blanket for baby.

Also - check out the Noggin Factory's private nursing and changing room - open every day! 

10:30 - 12:00 PM   TWICE THE FUN in Dover, NH
Busy Babies class on Mondays 10:30 – 12 Noon – for babies 18 months and under

12:00 - 1:00 pm Peace Baby Yoga at ChildLight Yoga in Dover

In this special class, you will learn yoga and infant massage for baby, as well as some restorative yoga and affirmations for you.  For more info and to register:

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm  New Parent Support Group at Wentworth Douglass Hospital

Come and meet other new parents and discuss topics of concern to you. Facilitated by lactation consultants and child life specialists. Held every Monday, EXCEPT for holidays, 1:30-3pm.  No registration necessary for this class.  They even have a scale for weighing your baby!


10:30 - 11:30 am Baby Signs Class at Seacoast Birth Matters in Kittery, ME

 “Sign, See & Play” with Heather Mladek

class starts on 3/13


9:30 - 11:30 am at Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NH
Frisbie’s Mom and Baby Group held on Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m.— 11:30 a.m.


First Friends Playgroup
Wednesdays,March 7 - April 11 (no playgroup 4/18 & 4:25)

9:30 - 11:00 am
The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is offering a new weekly program for its very youngest visitors. The First Friends Playgroup for children ages 6 months – two years will be offered on Wednesday mornings. Parents and children are invited to come to the museum from 9:30 – 11 am to meet and play together on the second floor of the museum. This area features the Primary Place exhibit area designed especially for babies and toddlers, as well as other engaging exhibits. This informal program is included in the museum’s regular admission price and is free for museum members. The non-member price of admission at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is $9 for adults and children, and $8 for adults age 65+. Children under age one are always admitted at no charge.


10:00 - 11:00 am Mom & Baby Yoga at ChildLight Yoga in Dover
Interested in a gentle and safe way to begin to restore your body to its pre-pregnancy state, but don't want to leave your baby?  Here's the perfect class for you!  For more info and to register:


1:00 - 2:30 pm  Hatchlings Group at SEACOAST BIRTH MATTERS in Kittery, ME
Hatchlings:  Babies 0-4 months
Get support, resources & stay connected with other parents as you navigate the parenting waters. Honest, open & non-judgmental discussions about “newborn” parenting are held weekly. 

Am I missing something?  Please let me know at darcy @

Darcy Sauers is a certified postpartum doula, lactation counselor and the owner of Dover Doula ( in the Seacoast area.  She is passionately committed to helping new moms find the support, resources and information that they need.  Please do not hesitate to contact Darcy with any questions at or 603-988-5945.  For more information on breastfeeding, the postpartum period and local resources and events for new moms, follow her on Facebook


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  2. Thanks for sharing about all the great connections in Dover area for new moms and their babes!

    ChildLight Yoga Studio, located at 453 Central Ave in Dover, also offers prenatal yoga classes (pre-register or just drop in!) twice per week on Tuesday evenings and Sundays late afternoon. In addition for those with 'older babies', there is a Parent/TotYoga Class (crawlers to 24 mos) on Tuesday mornings at 9am with a new 8 week session later this month. Due to high demand, we may be adding a class on another weekday morning - please contact us with your day requests - FMI, visit