We are so excited to be offering Sibling Classes at Modern Mommy Boutique this season. I want to spend a little time explaining our Visual Birth Plan class to give you a better idea what to expect.
We will share a children's book about what happens during pregnancy, labor and birth. The main thing we want to get across to the siblings is that they can be part of the process, too.
What are some things they can do now?
RIght now, they can help Mother and Father/Other Partner to get ready for labor by helping the mom practice breath awareness and relaxation ideas every day.
We have the fortunate situation where our alumni ask to come back to take a refresher course when they are preparing for their next children.
When these couples take a class together, we still follow the same course outline because the material makes sense in a different way now that they have a reference point for what they are learning.
We also add a little section to each class to talk about sibling preparation. This fall, we are going to devote some of our Tuesday posts to some of the material we are sharing with them "just in case" it may come in handy for some of our readers, too.
I met Michelle Cordero last year when we both participated in PB&J Events' Pregnancy + Baby Fair. She is a wealth of information about infant massage, an amazing tool to help parents bond with their Sweet Peas. Infant massage can also help with common hurdles in the childbearing year: fussy tummies, teething, and bonding with siblings, to name a few.
What makes Michelle's classes unique is that she is willing to work with families who have toddlers. Most Infant Massage classes only welcome families with non-mobile children, making you ineligible once your Sweet Pea is 6-months old.
Upcoming Events with Sweet Pea Births!!
We are so excited to announce that we have lots of new classes coming up at Modern Mommy Boutique during our hiatus from teaching Bradley Method® Classes. (We start our next session in March!)
Sibling Prep - New baby
Bruss will talk to the parents about strategies for the transition: phrases to use, how to talk about the new baby, reminding the older siblings that they are important, too!
I will be doing story time with the littles and a craft. We will be emphasizing how BIG they are and how your newest Sweet Pea is "just too little!
Here is a neat business I would like to introduce you to – baby concierge is an emerging industry that is of particular interest to our students and readers. Stephanie Antoinette is the Founder & M.O.M. (Master of Multitasking) at J’aime la vie by Victoria Antoinette Mommy & Bébé Concierge. She is like a wedding planner, except for all things mom and bébé!
BIO: I am the mother of two beautiful
girls and have a baby on the way! My husband Andrew is an incredible father, he
is my best friend and number one fan!
We are officially on our babymoon! We welcomed our daughter on October 1, 2011 ~ you can read about here is her birth story! I want to thank fellow birth worker, Rachel Davis, for writing today's post so we can continue to snuggle and adore our sweet baby girl! Click herefor Tuesday's post on Sibling Preparation
Picture Books for Siblings
By Rachel Davis
On his second birthday our son, Jacob,
learned that he would be a big brother!
As we prepared for the arrival of our second child we explored many
picture books about birth and new babies.
We are officially on our babymoon - we welcomed our daughter
Angélicaon Saturday morning. More about her birth story will follow soon! In the meantime, I want to thank my fellow Bradley Method®Instructor, Rachel Davis, AAHCC for providing today's blog post.
Rachel Davis, AAHCC is the mother of two joyful children, a son
born naturally in the hospital and a daughter born in the water at home. She is also a Bradley Method® instructor and
birth doula in downtown Phoenix.
Argh! I feel
like a working-out-of the home person again!! Since yesterday was a holiday and we didn’t do schoolwork, I
am working like today is Monday and I have one more day to write…the joke is on
We are actively working on preparing our kiddos (ages 6, 4 and 2) for our
homebirth since we are at 35 weeks now.
Here are some of the things we are doing:
1. We are
watching birth videos with them at night so that they have an idea what it
might look like, sound like and how we are going to work together to have the baby.
On Tuesday we looked at the dollars and cents/sense of
starting or growing a family (read more
). Today I am
going to offer some considerations to continue the conversation on growing your
How did you/ do you get along with your siblings? Did you like your family dynamics growing
up? How about your partner? What was their childhood experience?
This is a good place to start when you and your partner are
talking about “when” should you start trying to have another baby.