Location: Queen and Saulter (Behind the library)
When: Monday afternoons for 10 weeks from March 4th-May 6th
Age: 0-12 month old babies & their caregivers
I’ve written briefly about my experience doing baby love with my first child when I wrote about the south riverdale child-parent center here: https://leslievillemom.com/south-riverdale-child-parent-centre/
I wanted to post now that they’ve announced they will be running another class series. This is a great program on with an attachment parenting philosophy. I met lots of great moms there too. The class has a mix of activities to entertain babies as well as talking about parenting activities.
Get in touch with staff at south riverdale if you are interested in joining.
Location: South Riverdale Drop In (Ralph Thorton Center)
Hours: Wednesday, January 9, 2019 10:00am
Cost: Free, preregistration required
Appleseed Yoga is hosting a free baby yoga class at the south riverdale drop in. Bring water and comfy clothes. Yoga mats provided. Find more details at: http://srcpc.org/new-events/2019/1/9/baby-yoga-with-appleseed-class-will-run-from-1000-am-1030-am
I usually register in person for this workshops when I go to the drop in. Most classes of the Wednesday events are all day trips that are really more appropriate for older kids but I thought I would post this one because it’s nice and early and it’s for babies.
Location: TBD, Leslieville location though
Hours: Recurring (check website), Next date: Friday February 14th, 2018 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Cost: $40, RMT receipt if baby is covered under family insurance
Agea: Babies under 1 year
Mama mobile is hosting a meetup on the 18th, they’ve posted offering:
3 massage routines safely on baby:
1) Relaxation/sleep routine
2) Surviving colds routine
3) Constipation/colic routine
Gift bag with safe oil for massage
Location: 1926 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1H5
Hours:Monday to Friday: 10am to 6pm Saturday: 9am to 5pm Sunday: 10am to 5pm
Cost: I believe it was about $20
I have been cutting my son’s hair myself since he was born, and I confess it’s been cut quite badly. I finally decided it was time to take my son somewhere for a first professional haircut. Most kid’s shop have mixed reviews including this one but I did have an overall good experience and the ball pit was a huge hit. Continue reading “Little Tot’s Hair Shop”
Location: Ralph Thornton Community Centre
Date: Sunday, December 9 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Cost: Tickets are $10 per child, accompanying adults are free. Tickets can be purchased here.
I normally post ongoing programs I have tried but I wanted to share an upcoming charitable event at the Ralph Thornton Community Center. This is in the same building as the Queen and Saulter library.
The new mom project is a great charitable organization supporting new moms and babies in need. If you are looking for a holiday event for the kids this is great because 100% of proceeds are charitable.
From their website:
Come out for a day of fun with the kids and a chance to see some creative gift ideas from our vendors just in time for the holidays! Photo mini sessions with Pictonat Photography, a large array of Silent Auction items and free gift bags for the kids. A chance to meet Santa and tell him your wish list!
Continue reading “Holiday Family Fun Day in Support of New Mom Project”
Location: Your House
Hours: Flexible, including Saturdays
Cost: $113, no travel fees, RMT receipts
I recently had a great prenatal massage from mama mobile massage. Their business model is such a great concept and it’s something I want to do again when baby two comes along. I got a few massages in the year after Jacob was born, but it was often very stressful to schedule for the first 9 months or so since he was hard to predict and could be very fussy. Continue reading “Mama Mobile Massage”
I have not yet had a chance to check out rainbow songs but they have a number of locations on the east end including one in Leslieville at Queen and Laing.
Leslieville Location: http://toronto.rainbowsongs.com/locations/show/id:25#location-courses Continue reading “Rainbow Songs”
Location: Various or host in your house
Hours: Classes are 9:00am – 3:00pm weekdays, birthday parties more flexible
Cost: Depends on group size. Birthday party was $150
I didn’t get a chance to join or host a little rebels music class while I was on maternity leave but I recently booked them for my sons second birthday. It was honestly the best decision I made for his birthday. The instructor, Samantha, was so enthusiastic and had so much energy she really made my son excited. Continue reading “Little Rebels Music”
Location: 11966 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1H8
Hours: Sundays: 8am-6pm, 6:30am-7:00pm
Bud’s is a small boutique coffee shop with the advantage of having a small play space in the back with a chalk board and some toys. I stumbled upon this when I was taking my son for a haircut in the beaches and I’ve gone back since when I wanted a change of scenery.
There are so few things open Sundays and sometimes I just need a change of scenery and to get out of the house for a little bit. I think bud’s is perfect for that. They have good coffee and a small selection of pastries.
Beaches Location: 470 Woodbine Ave, Toronto (inside St. Johns Norway)
Hours: Various weekday mornings
Age: Childcare available for a variety of ages
Cost: Varies by session length and if you need childcare
Mumnet is an awesome mom group. It offers a great fitness class (with childcare) and a great discussion group after. They also have lots of great speakers: sleep consultants, parenting experts, etc.
I didn’t start this blog to review products. I started it mostly just as a diary of me and my little mans early days and to hopefully help out other moms in the area. That said I get pretty annoyed when every blogger online who reviews products got sent them for free. Not to mention that they are so desperate to get sent other free products they don’t date leave a bad review. Like seriously if a mom blogger has NEVER disliked something you should probably take her review with a grain of salt.
I ordered these breast cushions out of desperation. After being back to work for a few months and pumping once a day I was in agony. I had ordered smaller flanges, larger flanges, nothing seemed to work. I balked at the price (well more the shipping) $20USD for lettermail to Canada? You’ve got to be kidding me. The shipping plus price came to 40 canadian but I was desperate so what could I do.
Not Comfortable At All
I tried these over the course of a week. Following all there fitting tips. Different sized flanges, folding it over to double up, etc. No matter what I did it ranged from either being neutral or worse.
Not Sanitary At All
These cannot be sterilized. So to start they are absolutely not safe for a newborn. Further, they are are like a lint and dust magnet. It actually boggled my mind. I would wash them so thoroughly in hot soapy water and my the time I got my breast pump set up they seem to have collected every piece of dust in the air.
Of course these can’t be resold but I would hope a good company would stand behind their products. I was so frustrated after using them for a week. I think I actually cried to my husband that it would never stop hurting so much.
I’m happy to say 3 months after I quit using these pumping is more bearable. I switched permanently to a smaller flange and run on a lower setting but more than anything I think I just got use to it. It just rubs a different way then nursing and I think your body needs to adjust a bit.
Maybe these might help some moms but they didn’t help me.
Location: 461 Cherry Street
Hours: Check Schedule
Cost: $100/month (as of Feb 2018)
The cherry street YMCA provides various fitness classes with childcare as well as a playground for children and gym time. There are also swimming lessons for young children. Full schedule online. The play area includes a small infant room and large play structure for walkers. Continue reading “Cherry Street YMCA”