New mothers and their bouncing babies who want to bond more with expectant mothers, other new moms and community members have the opportunity to join the Mommy and Baby group at the Woodlands Recreation Centre.
The group, which started running last April, is held every third Thursday of the month at the recreation centre from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Kristy Hayden runs the program and said it’s a great space to do something different.
“I started the group to (provide) a chance to get mothers and their babies... out of the house and (socializing) without having to travel very far,” Hayden told the Stonewall Argus & Teulon Times.
She said moms and their tots are welcome to join the group, as it’s a great way to meet and learn from others.
“The group is a amazing network of moms and moms-to-be, offering tips and advice and finding moral support from one another,” Hayden said.
“The biggest benefit of joining the group is not only meeting other moms in the community, but we also have a guest speaker that comes in every month to educate the group on various topics related to moms and babies,” she added.
Previous speakers include an infant sleep expert who came in February to talk to attendees. As well, Kelly Kimbal from the RM of Rosser’s rec commission taught family first aid during December’s session.
Hayden noted this month’s speaker will be Caroline LeClair from the Interlake Eastern Health Region who will discuss how to introduce solids to babies.
The group’s sessions are intimate and typically have about six moms and their babies in attendance.
The group is also free, Hayden said, due to the rec centre donating its facility’s time and a grant from Healthy Together Now.
For more information, interested moms and moms-to-be can visit the Woodlands Recreation Centre Facebook page or email Hayden at firstname.lastname@example.org.