Prenatal Classes are Back in Edmonton for 2019!

Our birth prep class will leave you and your partner well prepared no matter what type of birth you are planning! We will also spend some time covering infant care and what to do once baby arrives. Using an evidence based approach to learning you will leave feeling more confident about the birth process and the early hours and days home with your baby.

In this 5 hour class you will learn:

  • Birth Partner Communication
  • Birth Preferences & Wishes
  • Ins and Outs of the Labour Process
  • Non-Medical Pain Relief
  • Medical Pain Relief
  • Positions for Labour & Birth
  • Newborn Behaviour
  • Diapering
  • Soothing
  • Breastfeeding support

This class is taught by a passionate birth doula, postpartum infant care doula and mother of 3!

When: Sunday March 17, 2019, 9:30am – 2:30pm

Where: Music Together Studio, 5645 Riverbend Road

Visit Mommy Connections Edmonton South to register! 

Top 5 Things You Need for Baby this Summer

Days are getting longer and summer is right around the corner- We’re welcoming sunny days at the playground and looking forward to lazy days at the spray parks and taking in some of Edmonton’s many amazing festivals this year. Here are 5 of our favourite things to carry you through the summer…

  1. A great Natural Sunscreen – one that won’t leave baby looking like a friendly ghost. We love, love, love Think Baby – it’s SPF 50+ lotion and 30+ stick are waterproof and free of biologically harmful chemicals and not tested on animals.

 

  1. Bug Spray – those pesky mosquitos are such a bother but no match for this natural bug joose! We use it on kids and adults and it works amazing!!

 

  1. Noise Cancelling Headsets – we’ve taken ours everywhere – parades, fireworks, hockey games and even a Justin Bieber concert! This super cute set by Baby Banz comes with matching sunglasses too so babe is safe from sound and sun while still looking fab.

 

  1. A Folding Wagon – While you’re enjoying a great festival you’ll need a cart to haul all your kids things around and kids too when they tire out! Make the investment now (wish we had of!) and opt for the all terrain version- trust me you will be cursing yourself on your next beach vacation with toddlers without it! This Beach Wagon is great for all terrrains and I haven’t met an airline yet that won’t take is as a kids allowance (in place of a stroller or car seat) and also check it at the gate.

 

  1. Outdoor Blanket – you’ll need this for fireworks, splash parks and everything in between. We still use ours 2x/week at the 7 year old’s soccer games! There are a ton of super cute prints available at all different price points!

 

Runner Up- a Kiddie Pool – Cheap fun and necessary for hot summer days at home. It’s can also act as a safe space for outdoor tummy time (without water of course!) when filled with toys. Babe can’t ninja his way out! I personally like the inflatable versions compared to a hard plastic which are hard to store in winter. This Crab Pool is super cute and would be tons of fun for a toddler, too!

 

Our favourite things are all available at buybuyBaby and they offer free shipping over $49, so you can spend more time playing and less time doing chores!

What are some of your favourite summer necessities? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

 

Riverbend Christian Preschool Open House is February 6

Riverbend Christian Preschool has been serving southwest Edmonton since 1994.  Conveniently located across the street from elementary schools St. Mary and Earl Buxton in Riverbend, a strong reputation of quality early childhood programming has been built with families and the community for over 20 years. As an outreach mission of the Riverbend Lutheran Church, programming emphasis is on discovery and play-based learning in a Christian environment, and on building relationships with children and their families.

Located in the walk-out lower level of the Riverbend Lutheran Church, Riverbend Christian Preschool has a larger-than-average classroom, natural light, and a warm atmosphere. Students are provided with many learning opportunities, with a balance between teacher-directed and child-led activities.  Learning centres are set up to intentionally engage students and aide in all areas of their development.

 

At the science centre children learn about cause and effect, predictions and problem solving with activities such as magnets that have been frozen in ice.  Students are excited to see what the water and sensory table holds and have enjoyed the differing colours and textures.  Materials such as kinetic sand, beans, coloured rice and “snow” are measured, poured and squeezed.

The art centre is stocked with a variety of materials with which students are encouraged to express their creativity with art projects that are process-based, rather than being focused on a pre-determined end product.

Students who desire some library time can snuggle up in the cozy RAY-LAX chairs and enjoy an assortment of books.  A fine motor centre includes small manipulatives that encourage early numeracy skills, such as placing spiders on webs to match a digit, and sorting and classifying. Social skills are continually practiced throughout the classroom, especially in the construction and block centres as well as the dramatic play area where co-operation and communication are particularly important! Outdoor play is also made a priority when the weather conditions permit. The large grassy (or snowy!) area right outside the door is a wonderful place for the children to work on gross motor skills and enjoy the natural environment.

Other regular classroom activities include Show and Tell, where students have the opportunity to build their confidence, self esteem and develop communication skills, music time, large group activity and exercise which includes a cool-down to teach students to bring their heart rate down after physical activity and develop relaxation strategies.  For literacy learning, the child-centred Jolly Phonics curriculum is used to gently introduce students to letter sounds with fun songs, actions and stories.

The teachers at Riverbend Christian Preschool are participants in the student’s learning, involved in the children’s play to facilitate their learning and “scaffolding” their play to new levels. “I wonder.” is a phrase often heard in the classroom as staff challenge the students to expand their thinking. With the lead teachers being university educated, Riverbend Christian Preschool is committed to providing a quality program to make the most of the student’s precious early years, and strives to use Play, Participation and Possibilities: An Early Learning and Childcare Curriculum Framework for Alberta as the programming guide.

An inclusive program, Riverbend Christian Preschool has developed relationships with organizations such as Seden Centre, GRIT, Community Options, Over the Rainbow, CASA and Maier Centre to meet the needs of their students. PUF funded students can be accepted at Riverbend Christian Preschool through these organizations.

Parent and family engagement is also prioritized at Riverbend Christian Preschool.  Parents are kept informed about activities through communication tools such as a dedicated website specifically for the current year’s families.  Families are invited to participate in special activities through the year such as Costume Parades, Christmas and Easter Concerts, Mother’s Day Teas, and Coffee & Conversation events as well as other events hosted by the Riverbend Lutheran Church.  While parents are not expected to fundraise, complete committee duties or be regular volunteers in the classroom, they are welcomed to be part of the daily activities in the classroom if they so desire.

Families who register at Riverbend Christian Preschool are choosing a licensed, not-for-profit preschool whose staff truly see it as an honour and a privilege to be serving children and families.  Registration Opens online at www.rbcpreschool.com on February 1st, and Open Houses are scheduled for February 6th from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. For more information, call or email Melissa Bentley at 780-668-2498 or melissa.bentley@rbcpreschool.com. You can also visit the Facebook page for more photos and announcements.

Springhill Preschool Open House is February 15, 2018

Preschool can be of immense value to children. Research has shown immense benefits to children enrolled in preschool programs including, but not limited to:

  1. Enhanced social skills, teamwork, concentration, patience, resilience, cooperation and respect;
  2. Improved self-esteem and confidence;
  3. Improved emotional and cognitive development;
  4. Enthusiasm for lifelong learning leading to improved academic achievement;
  5. Encouraging holistic development and improved self-regulation;
  6. Understanding the value of education through experience; and
  7. Exposure to diversity

Springhill Community Preschool is one of Edmonton’s longest running parent-run preschool cooperatives. We ascribe to the philosophy of “learning through play” to help our children develop. Our program offers the following features:

  1. Classes for 2, 3 and 4-year-olds;
  2. Intellidance classes included twice weekly;
  3. Jolly Phonics trained staff;
  4. Organic snack program included;
  5. Special science-focuses classes;
  6. Field trips throughout the year; and
  7. No duty days.

At Springhill, children are provided with a wide range of opportunities to play with many different materials in the company of other children in a safe and secure environment. All of these activities allow Springhill children to grow intellectually, socially, and emotionally – all at a pace and in ways that are suitable for each child. Our activity centres in the classroom include arts and crafts, books and puzzles, music and dress-up costumes, a playhouse, toys and theme activities, and a water and sand table. In our separate gross motor room, Springhill offers obstacle courses, tents and tunnels, a teeter-totter, a mini-trampoline, bikes and balls.

Classes for each age group follow a basic routine, with occasional variations. During class time, each group will have some free play in the classroom’s activity centres, circle time (where the children are introduced to letters, numbers and literature), an organic snack, a fine motor and a gross motor activity, and – weather permitting – some play outdoors.

Please join us at our open house on Thursday, February 15th, 2018 from 5:00-7:30 pm or contact us through our website at www.springhillpreschool.com. We even have a few spaces left to start in January 2018!

 

References: Centers for Disease Control. (2017). Early Childhood Education. https://www.cdc.gov/policy/hst/hi5/earlychildhoodeducation/index.html

Palmer, V. (2016). The 13 key benefits of early education: A teacher’s perspective. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/vicki-palmer/the-13-key-benefits-of-ea_b_7943348.html

Babyproof Your Relationship – Bringing Baby Home Workshop

Keeping Your Relationship Strong after Becoming Parents

Have you ever wondered what’s different about those couples who get stronger after having a baby, compared to those couples who struggle?  Did you know that couples can make some changes to their relationship prior to having their baby that will help ensure that their relationship continues to thrive as their baby grows?  Join Claire Wilde, psychologist, couples counsellor and Bringing Baby Home Educator for a 1 hour presentation to review this information. This presentation is based on the research completed by the Gottman Institute that was done to understand the impact of the parental relationship on the child and the impact of having a child on a couple’s relationship.  You will take away with you six key steps for keeping your relationship strong.

We are thrilled to be offering this workship in partnership with Claire. The workshop is offered as an add-on to our prenatal classes in 2018, or new parents with babes in arms are welcome to attend too!

Workshop runs for 4-5pm. Register for the following dates:

January 7, 2018

February 11, 2018

March 18, 2018

April 22, 2018

Bump Bash 2017!!

In September 2017, we held our inaugural Bump Bash at buybuyBaby South Common; a celebratory morning featuring shopping, education, activities and of course prizing and swag!

Several local businesses joined us at the event including:

  • Gymboree Play & Music
  • Livewell Chiropractic
  • Claire Wilde, Registered Psychologist
  • Hot Mama Health & Fitness
  • Smallprint
  • J’adore Dance
  • Easy Sleep Solutions
  • Edmonton Family Doulas
  • Car Seat Techs of Alberta

Stay tuned as we are planning our next Bump Bash for January 2018!

 

 

Getting your Relationship Ready for Baby

Congratulations, you’re expecting!!! All this excitement brings a to-do list: prenatal classes, getting the room ready, appointments, packing your hospital bag, reading and talking to others about what to expect for labor and delivery as well as looking after your baby.  Whew!  I’m going to recommend one more thing to add to your to-do list: getting your relationship ready for this transition.

For some couples, they glide through this transition with ease and it makes their relationship stronger.  This happens in about one-third of couples.  The other two-thirds of relationships end up struggling and that struggle then takes a toll on the relationship with baby, as well as being a contributing factor to post partum depression.

The Gottman Institute in Seattle Washington is one of the most well know sources of quality research on what makes relationships work and what causes them to fail.  They have a love lab where they watch couples in action and then follow them to see what happens.  About 25 years ago, they started focusing more specifically some of their research on this transition in a couple’s life.  Based on that research they have designed a workshop to give couples the opportunity to spend some time looking at their relationship and strengthening it in very specific ways.  The end result has been shown to be  an improvement in the quality of life for babies and children.

A  few of the other results that were found in those couples who participated in this program were:

  • A significantly lower rate of postpartum mood disorders and depression
  • A decrease in relationship hostility
  • A higher level of relationship satisfaction
  • A decreased likelihood of divorce

I am super excited to be bringing this program to the Lucina Centre in Edmonton’s West End on November 4 and 5th.  The program is open to couples who are either currently pregnant, or have recently had a baby (babies are welcome who aren’t crawlers yet).  It is from 9am to 4 pm each day with lunch and snacks and course material provided.  The cost is $297, and some insurance providers are able to cover some of the cost.  I hope you’ll consider spending the weekend turning towards your relationship and really setting the foundation for the family you are building.

Registration can be done online at www.clairewilde.ca.  And if you have any more questions you can reach me at clairewilde@telus.net.

Take care,

Claire Wilde, M.Ed., R.Psych