Parent-Baby Classes

For Mommy & Me… Daddy & Me… Or Nanny & Me…

My RIE® parent-infant (and -toddler) guidance classes™ provide a peaceful and safe environment where babies can be babies and new parents can relax and enjoy their child’s unfolding development.

Designed around free movement and play we allow infants to move, explore, and engage with other infants.

As parents, we learn to observe our infants, understand them better, feel more confident in our ability to respond to their needs, and enjoy them more.

Parents and babies alike find community in our classes.  We share the magical moments and the trying moments and learn from each other.  We explore common parenting issues with guidance from RIE’s Educaring® approach and shared wisdom:

  • reading baby’s cues and responding
  • the natural development of movement
  • crying, sleeping, feeding/eating
  • language development
  • how babies learn discipline
  • developing strategies for challenging times
  • nurturing our babies for a secure future
  • setting up your environment
  • diapering and toilet learning

Groups are ongoing and remain together in continuous sessions until the youngest turns two (or three at EBWS), providing continuity and community for parents and infants, alike.

Please note: This isn’t a class where babies come to be entertained. Babies need no entertainment.  Babies come into life with an agenda to learn and connect.  Their learning is best accomplished through their own self-directed movement and play.  And connection happens when we attune to their needs and interests.  This is the powerful combination that sets the stage for a secure and confident baby.  In these classes, we practice being fully present while we observe our babies so we can increase our understanding of who they are, what they are learning, and how we can best support them. It is simple, and magical.

An infant always learns. The less we interfere with the natural process of learning, the more we can observe how much infants learn all the time. — Magda Gerber

Class Schedule:

Currently on hold due to safety considerations and COVID-19.

Infant Classes

Babies on their backs, (Not yet crawling)
3 month-6 months old

Learn how to read your new baby’s cues, respond and care for baby in a way that sets up a healthy emotional foundation and relationship for you and your baby.  Picking up baby, nursing, sleeping, bathing, diapering, addressing crying — all the essential care activities are covered, as well as issues with adapting to being a new mom or dad.  Getting comfortable with these topics will help you feel at ease with your baby and confident that you can meet their needs going forward.

Pre-Register for Berkeley

If you want to get an idea of what class looks like, check out the videos of a wonderful class with LA-based RIE® Associate and author Janet Lansbury.

To bring our Parent-Infant classes to your school or organization, contact me.