Hey baby! Baby and Me in Truckee is an educational class for parents and little ones | SierraSun.com

Hey baby! Baby and Me in Truckee is an educational class for parents and little ones

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Baby and Me is an educational, nurturing class for parents and little ones

In it’s 15th year, Baby and Me continues to enrich the lives of new families through education and interactive fun for infants, ages 3 months to walking. Sponsored by First Five Nevada County, Baby and Me continues to grow with the community and just set a record for enrollment.

Baby and Me was created by Chris Miller Arth, who was facilitating “Mommy and Me,” an immensely successful series for parents and toddlers. Chris thought it would be a huge benefit if parents could attend an early version with their new babies. Within a short time, Chris developed the curriculum for a seven-week series and Baby and Me was born. When Chris retired from Baby and Me a year and a half ago, she brought in Jen Lang-Ree, a local pediatric nurse practitioner and a gifted facilitator.

The success of Baby and Me can be attributed to nurturing, informative and lively facilitation combined with the desire of parents to connect and share experiences. Each baby receives a personal greeting from puppet mascot, Honey Bunny, then parents and babies interact with songs, chants and games. The facilitator and guest speakers provide information about health and safety, child development, feeding, sleeping, child care, immunizations and emerging research. Parents share their experiences and tips. The class ends with a circle of babies on the big, red rug entranced by the multi-colored parachute wafts above them.

New parents develop friendships instead of feeling isolated and often form playgroups or take outings.

The First Five Early Learning Project has added classes to create a continuum of enrichment activities, including Your Amazing Infant, baby massage and yoga; Toddler Gymtime, active play to develop socialization and gross motor skills; Music Together, multi-age music and movement and Playing Together, bilingual toddler activities. All classes are held at Sierra Mountain Community Education Center. Please contact Ruth Hall at 582-2583.