Activities/Classes for Parents and Parents-to-Be

For parents and parents-to-be, find classes in the following categories: baby and family care, baby prep, infant/child CPR, infant massage, fitness, moms’ support groups, museums and tours, prenatal yoga, preschool prep and sign language. Many of these activities are aimed at moms, but some are for dads and other caregivers too.

I intend that this list be comprehensive and up to date. Email me at cory@capitolhillkid.com with suggestions.

Baby and Family Care

Breathing Space: Beyond the Bump Workshops

“During the first few months with baby, everyone is adjusting and learning. Our postnatal Beyond the Bump workshop series is part new parent support circle and part class presentation on topics of interest to new families: infant development, postnatal recovery and fitness, back-to-work planning and breastfeeding, introducing solids, postpartum mental health. Classes may be taken in any order, babies welcome.”

Parent and baby workshops include: Supporting Baby’s Development, Sleeping Beyond the 4th Trimester, Back to Work After Baby, Postpartum Mental and Self Care, Your Postpartum Body and Starting Solids.

Baby Prep

Breathing Space: Beyond the Bump Workshops

While childbirth preparation is important, the actual birth of baby is very brief compared what happens afterwards. Our prenatal Beyond the Bump workshop series covers wellness and parenting topics for new families: breastfeeding, baby care, normal infant sleep, postnatal recovery, planning for new parenthood and more.”

Baby preparation workshops include: Preparing to Breastfeed; Understanding Infant Sleep; Newborn Development and Care; and Planning for Postpartum

East Side Yoga: Preparing for Birth – Partner Workshop

“Join us for this special 3-hour hands-on workshop where you and your partner will learn stretches, restorative poses, massage techniques, birthing positions and breathing techniques that you can practice together to calm discomfort in the pregnant body and mind as well as prepare you for the time in the labor room. This workshop is appropriate for expectant mothers at any stage of pregnancy and their partners.”

Infant/Child CPR

Infant and Child CPR Class at Hill Center

“It takes two hours of your time to learn the skills that could save your child’s life. During this class you will be taught by a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Registered Nurse.  You will learn Infant and Child CPR, AED and what to do if your child or infant is choking.  The class applies to infants up to age 12. These are skills everyone caring for an infant or child should have to ensure their safety. This is the perfect class for parents, nannies, babysitters, or family members who might be caring for your child.”

Infant Massage

Breathing Space: Infant Massage

“Massage is a great way to connect to your baby. Studies have shown infant massage can help babies sleep better, gain weight, reduce fussiness, improve health and relax.”  

  • Caregivers of babies ages 2-6 months
  • Several-week series offered seasonally| Various locations | Registration required
  • https://breathingspacedc.com

Fitness

Fit4Mom DC: Various Classes

“FIT4MOM is the nation’s leading prenatal and postnatal fitness program, providing fitness classes and a network of moms to support every stage of motherhood. From pregnancy, through postpartum and beyond, our fitness and wellness programs help make moms strong in body, mind, and spirit.”

Classes include: Stroller Strides, Fit4Baby, Stroller Barre, Body Back Boost and Body Back Transformation.

Moms’ Support Groups

Fit4Mom: “Our Village” Playgroup

“Enjoy fun, playful activities with your child while building a tight community of like-minded moms to share advice, tips, and most importantly, laughter.”

MotherNation: Mama Match and MotherNation Circles

“MotherNation aims to unlock the individual and collective strength of mothers through empathy, exercise and empowerment. We bring together mamas and providers who want to help us so we can sweat, learn and focus on our well-being together. We are currently beta testing our Mama Match, MotherNation Circles and Fitness For You offerings in the DC metro area.”

PACE: Support Groups for 1st and 2nd Time Moms

“P.A.C.E. offers support groups for new mothers as well as for the second time around moms.  Groups are led by professional mental health educators trained in the fields of infant development, parenting skills, family relationships and group dynamics.”  

  • 1st and 2nd time moms of babies ages 2 weeks-5 months*
  • Sessions scheduled throughout the year | Hill Center and other D.C. locations | Registration required
  • https://www.pacemoms.org/
  • *It’s a good idea to sign up while you’re expecting so you can be matched with a group and be ready to meet after baby comes.

Museums and Tours

U.S. Botanic Garden Snugglers Tour

“Do you have a tiny treasure in a snuggly? Looking for ways to get out of the house and learn? Visit the U.S. Botanic Garden each Thursday for a 45-minute guided tour of the Conservatory.”

Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center: Bring Your Own Baby (BYOB)

“BYOB is a program for adult audiences looking for a rich learning experience and an opportunity to meet other caretakers. Ease into the morning with some light conversation and a walk to a nearby museum. While aimed at adults, the rich environment will benefit baby too.”

Prenatal Yoga

Be Here Now Yoga: Be Ready Now

“The focus of this practice is to prepare the body and mind for labor, birth, and motherhood. This is done through breathing techniques, strengthening and restorative asana, occasional chanting, and meditation. The slow and strengthening physical practice is specially suited for a changing body and growing baby. Many mamas have found the postural practice to help ease common discomforts such as aches and pain in the back, hips, and neck/shoulders. All three trimesters and all levels are welcome! As with any exercise program, please consult your physician/midwife before attending.”

Breathing Space: Prenatal Yoga

“In this all-level yoga class, moms will cultivate the flexibility, concentration and strength needed during the transformative time of pregnancy and childbirth. Enjoy the community of other expecting mothers while we practice modified yoga postures, breath work, vocal toning, meditation, and relaxation. No previous yoga experience necessary.”

East Side Yoga: Prenatal Yoga

“This semi-private class provides our pregnant yoginis the opportunity to take a class that is led in a safe way that accounts for the many changes occurring in your bodies. Modifications will be offered to allow you to tailor the practice to your particular needs, goals, and stage of pregnancy. Hands-on assists will also be offered; if you prefer not to be adjusted, please inform your instructor before class.”

Preschool Prep

Elemeno: Preschool Prep

“Nervous about preschool? Want to give your child a leg up for their next big step? Anxious about those first ‘drop offs’? Our 6-week Preschool Prep series is focused on helping you and your child prepare for success in a group-based educational environment – whether it’s Pre-K, Montessori, or any group care program.”

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Sign Language 

Breathing Space: Baby Sign Language Workshop

“Learn to use American Sign Language for early communication and long-term learning with hearing infants or toddlers. Through play, activities, songs, and games, you and your child will be given the tools to communicate months earlier and with a broader, more extensive vocabulary than with spoken words alone.”

  • Parents of children ages 6 months-2.5 years
  • One-time workshop offered several times a year | Various locations | Registration required
  • https://breathingspacedc.com