Now that you have your baby and you’re in Miami, what social things to do are there? Tons. of. things. First, be aware of the weather, have comfortable transportation and prepare your belongings in advance. I would also recommend adding these activities to some sort of schedule on your phone to have time to plan and travel accordingly. When my kid was around this infant age we shared a car with my husband (Still do!) and planning was of the essence. Trolleys, buses, friends’ rides, even Uber had to be carefully planned in case we didn’t have the car during a specific event. Leaving the house was a mission, as you know, but it was NECESSARY (at many physical and psychological levels) to do during these first months. You need to enjoy this time with your baby! Showing him/her off and talking about all the cute and gross things they do to other people is ideal belive it or not. Sharing with other parents that likewise, will talk to you about their kids is very comforting and you won’t feel like an alien. Promise.
This was a crucial time for me to be social and find emotional support in other moms that were willing to listen and could provide advise and/or comfort. You’re not alone and neither is your baby. There are lots of babies and moms that you can meet at the following free and paid activities and support groups. Go out there moms and babies! I highly, highly recommend it.
Hosted by UM’s Community Programs & Resources: Families First Network. This program was an amazing emotional support group. Knowing that you’re not the only one struggling to be the best mom you can be, is very helpful. Other moms share similar experiences and the professional counselors help understand concerns and over come these struggles as a family (fathers encouraged to go!). You must RSVP to attend this 6 week program.
The Baby & Me Parenting Group is a ten week group for parents and their babies, ages birth to 6 months at enrollment. Parents attend with their babies to discuss topics such as attachment, development, nutrition, sleep, and behavior. Families receive free items such as blankets, rattles, and other toys related to the topics discussed and create a scrapbook for their babies. Daytime and evening groups are offered on a weekly basis in English and Spanish to Miami-Dade County residents at various locations throughout the county.
Tuesdays at 11am a very eclectic group of moms show up at The Gathering Place for this meet-up and babies from all ages birth to 14+months come together to play. I came to this event almost religiously not only because it was free but also because the space was very serene and I felt safe. It is a place to be with my baby when he cried, pooped, needed to be breastfeed or bounced or danced or any of the things that sometimes you feel awkward doing in other spaces when you’re a new mom. Check it out and introduce your baby to wooden toys available to play with and share and/or buy your own at their Peapod essentials’ store inside.
Playtime with Mommy classes provide just the right amount of structured activities to stimulate senses and teach babies, newborn to 9 months, valuable skills–all while having fun! Please register at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 786-467-5680. Made possible by Baptist Health South Florida. Classes on Wednesdays at 10:15am to 11:30am.
Regardless of how prepared a woman is or how much she looked forward to her pregnancy and her baby’s birth, the perinatal period may include some unexpected “highs” and “lows.” Footsteps is a weekly postpartum support group sponsored by Project Motherpath, which is offerred on Thursdays at The Gathering Place. The group is facilitated by Postpartum Support International Coordinator and Psychologist Shelly Orlowsky and operates under a peer support model. Babies in arms are welcome.
Powered by Baby Boot Camp, StrollerFriends is our FREE moms’ club to support healthy families. Meet other moms that are passionate about nutrition, fitness, and healthy lifestylehabits for their family and community. Weekly play dates allow parents to connect, while allowing their children to get in some fun playtime.
STROLLFIT 1 visit FREE $
Baby Boot Camp’s most popular stroller fitness class, STROLLFIT, is a 60-minute class format for moms with stroller-age children. Fitness for you. Fun for your child. 1 visit free • From $13 per visit with 8 Class Pack pass
Our class is specifically designed for the journey of pregnancy and interweaves childbirth education with yoga’s therapeutic applications by building strength, promoting relaxation and improving circulation, flexibility and balance. Focused on helping you feel comfortable, relaxed and fit during pregnancy, our class helps you increase your energy and stamina and reduces fatigue, tension and tightness. We emphasize proper technique and practice deep breathing to improve focus and concentration, which can help ease labor and delivery. Our small group classes foster an intimate setting for building community and sharing both the joys and physical challenges of pregnancy. No yoga experience necessary. Classes are open to healthy pregnant women in their second or third trimester of pregnancy. Please get approval from your doctor or midwife before registering for class. Moms with newborns and pre-crawlers are also invited to attend. Please bring your mat, water and whatever you need to be comfortable. The class is small, pre-payment and online registration are required.
You are a new parent and delighting in your amazing newborn’s discoveries each day. Lap Babies is a class where you will meet other parents, find solutions to parenting challenges, and share special times with your newborn in a fun-filled setting. We will sing, read, learn massage techniques, and play with our infants all while enjoying opportunities to develop new friendships.
Classes are organized by stage of development – back infants, locomoting babies and toddlers. Classes are on-going. Families are welcome to join anytime there is space available. Limiting each class to 8 children creates a peaceful, relaxing venue to ask and answer questions. Each class includes sensitive observation of babies, uninterrupted play time then questions and discussion.
Infant class: Babies who are on their backs, rolling over, sitting independently, crawling, and/or pulling up to stand, approximately 3 months-9 months old
About: RIE encourages basic trust in the child to be an initiator, an explorer and a self-learner. RIE provides an environment for the child that is physically safe, cognitively challenging and emotionally nurturing. Your child will have time for uninterrupted play and you, as the adult, will develop the art of sensitive observation in order to understand his or her needs better. You will read babies cues, learn when to intervene and, most importantly, when not to.
Body Belly Baby created a 10-week course for moms and baby to attend together. The same group of moms and babies get together and learn a routine to exercise safely and playfully, getting stronger week after week. This Pilates postpartum course also includes smooth belly dance moves, and contains a focus on pelvic floor exercise. Mom and baby exercise together; using a “baby Carrier” at times or your child’ s weight to exercise or leaving your baby on the comfortable mat. The course ends with some Yoga moves and stretches for your little one. This is a wonderful course where you get stronger and bond even more with your baby and getting to know many new friends for you and your baby too.
There are so many more things to do for babies under 6months, I am sure! Do you have any recommendations of a place or activity you loved or what were your experiences with the activities above?