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
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!
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: http://www.childlightyoga.com/
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.
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF NH in Dover
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: http://www.childlightyoga.com/
1:00 - 2:30 pm Hatchlings Group at SEACOAST BIRTH MATTERS in Kittery, ME
Am I missing something? Please let me know at darcy @ doverdoula.com.
Darcy Sauers is a certified postpartum doula, lactation counselor and the owner of