OBC teachers offer Specialty Classes you can take a la cart. Some are intended for soon-to-be parents, and others are for those who already have babies. All are 2-hours long. We will be adding new Specialty Classes to our class options so be sure to check back. Find a class near you now!
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Partners in Parenting
Becoming new parents can be a challenge and it is essential to make sure that both parts of your team are on the same page before baby arrives. Click to read more.
In this lesson, we will look at what to expect in the first two weeks after baby arrives, including what help mom may need and how her partner can help her begin a successful breastfeeding relationship. We will also focus on how to establish yourselves as a parenting team, while also maintaining a healthy relationship together through open lines of communication. Finally, we will consider ways to create healthy boundaries with well-intentioned family and friends so that everyone feels loved, needed, and secure.
- What to expect in the first two weeks of becoming parents
- The baby blues
- Establishing a strong breastfeeding relationship
- Maintaining a healthy relationship with your partner
- Building your parenting team
- Helping each other succeed in your new roles
- Communicating with grandparents, family, and friends
Your Older Baby: What to Expect Months 6 through 12
Whether your baby is still an infant or already past the halfway mark, this class can be your one-stop-shop for everything you need to know for months 6-12. Click to read more.
We will review the developmental milestones your child is likely to experience in the second half of his or her first year and what this means for baby proofing the house. We will also explore fun ways to interact with your baby and stimulate his or her senses through sensory play. You will learn ten of the most useful baby signs, how to practice the “baby led weaning” method to introducing solid foods, and some tips for dealing with teething and separation anxiety. Months 6-12 are some of the most fun in this parenting journey and this OBC class is aimed at helping you and your baby get the most out of them.
- Sleep Patterns
- Signs of Teething and Ways to Cope
- Separation Anxiety
- Developmental Milestones
- Sensory Play
- Baby Sign Language
- Introducing Solid foods
- Baby Led Weaning
- Baby Proofing
- Positive Parenting
Making Returning to Work Work
For many parents, returning to work is an emotional and bittersweet transition. This class will help you be as prepared as possible for the big day. Click to read more.
We will complete a lesson that helps you choose and communicate with your childcare provider, your place of work, and your partner so expectations are clear and manageable. Then we will delve into everything you need to know if you are planning to express breastmilk while at work. Lastly, we will explore possible challenges that can pop up after you are back at work, like a disagreement with your childcare provider, or how to find the time to meet everyone’s needs, and what to do when you are missing your baby.
- Preparing to Return to Work
- Choosing Childcare
- Communicating with the Childcare Provider
- Talking to Your Boss
- Talking to Your HR Department
- Introducing a Bottle
- Expressing Breastmilk
- Building a Breastmilk “Stash”
- Breastmilk Storage
- How to Bottle-feed a Breastfed Baby
- Separation Anxiety
- Reverse Cycling
- Missing Your Baby