Moms & Tots programs offered

Fairfield Parks and Recreation offers the following programs for new moms and their babies. For more information, contact Ginna Paules, 203-256-3191; fairfieldrecreation.com.

Moms & Tots Programs

FIRST TIME MOMS

Ages: Babies, pre-crawler stage & Moms

This is an opportunity for moms and their babies to come together to discuss first time parenting issues and to forge friendships with other new mothers. Sleeping, eating, creating a comfortable schedule for your baby, and understanding your baby’s temperament and important developmental milestones are just a few of the topics that will be covered. This group is facilitated by Debbie Portnay, LCSW Clinical Social Worker and Jennifer Weinstein, M.S.Ed., P.D. School Psychologist. It meets on Thursdays from 10:00 – 11:30, from March 5 – April 9 at the Fairfield Recreation Department, 203-256-3191. The fee is $50.00 for 6 classes, course # 4778. Questions may be directed to [email protected] Register under baby’s name and include date of birth.

INFANT MASSAGE

Ages: 3 weeks to crawling and their caregivers

Come and learn skills that last a lifetime! This hands-on class is a fun and safe way to enhance your communication of love, caring and respect as well as assist in the growth and development of baby’s body, mind and spirit. Massage can also help with common complaints such as tummy troubles, respiratory disorders and sleeping difficulties. Every class will include new massage techniques, class discussions and handouts. Please bring a blanket, pillow or towel and your baby’s usual supplies. Class is taught by Heather Ziac, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist, and Certified Infant Massage Teacher. Questions should be directed to [email protected] This program meets on Wednesdays from 10;00 – 11:00, March 4 – April 1 at the Fairfield Recreation Department, 203-256-3191. The fee is $100.00 for 5 classes, course # 4777.

MOMMY & ME SHAMROCKERS

Ages: 18 mos. – 3 years

Mommy & Me Shamrockers is a creative musical dance program for toddlers and their caregivers. Classes have an Irish flair and include a welcome song, action songs on Mom or Dad’s lap, dance and movement and a short cool down time ending with a goodbye song. Register your child’s name only for this course. This program meets on Mondays from 9:30 – 10:30, March 16 – April 27 or Fridays, from 9:30 – 10:30, March 13 – May 1 at the Fairfield Recreation Department, 203-256-3191. The fee is $90.00 for 6 classes, Mondays course # 4779, Fridays, course #4780. Will not meet April 3, April 13 & 17

STROLLER STRIDES

Ages: Babies 6 weeks & up and Moms

FIT4MOM of Southeast Fairfield County is happy to bring Stroller Strides® classes to the Town of Fairfield. Stroller Strides® is a stroller-based fitness program designed for moms to do with their little ones. During this 60 minute class, mom achieves a total body workout using exercise tubing, the environment and the stroller, while baby has fun!

We will incorporate power walking/jogging, strength, toning, songs and activities into each workout. Our classes are taught by certified fitness instructors and are a great way to get back into shape, have fun with your baby, and meet other moms. We recommend waiting until your baby is at least six weeks of age to begin class and you can take classes up to any age so long as your little one still enjoys a ride in the stroller.

Winter Stroller Strides Classes Meet: Tue, & Thur from 9:30 – 10:30, Thur 4:00 – 5:00 & Sat, 9:15 – 10:15 AM at the Fairfield Recreation Center at S. Pine Creek, 210 Old Dam Road. Registration is through FIT4MOM. For more information and to register go to: http://seffco.fit4mom.com

Enroll here: https://fit4mom-seffco.frontdeskhq.com

DANCING THROUGH PREGNANCY

Total Pregnancy Fitness

Aerobic fitness is the most beneficial exercise asset a pregnant woman and her baby can acquire. It accounts for almost all of the known benefits detailed in research studies, including improved status of the placenta and fetus, reduced risk or severity of hypertension and metabolic syndromes, low rates of excess weight gain, feelings of well-being, more stamina, less recovery time following birth, reduced use of medical interventions in labor, shorter length of active labor, and reduced risk of low birth weight or prematurity. Total Pregnancy Fitness™ includes 20-30 minutes of fun cardiovascular activity in each session, as well as strength and flexibility components. This program meets on Tuesdays, 7:30 – 8:30 PM, March 31 – May 12 at the Recreation Center at S. Pine Creek, 210 Old Dam Road, 203-256-3191. The fee is $90.00 for 6 classes, course # 4759.

MOMMY & BABY POSTPARTUM FITNESS

Not feeling anything like your pre-pregnant self? Not sure how to start getting back into shape? Learn to safely recover from childbirth from a physical therapist with a specialization in women’s health issues. Anna Marotti has been a physical therapist for 30 years and is the only physical therapist in the state of CT with Certifications of Achievement in Pre/Post Natal issues as well as Pelvic Issues from the Women’s Health Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. Come meet with other new moms and their babies for a fun, informative re-introduction to exercise. Class is most appropriate for babies who are not yet crawling, and moms should bring a baby blanket to place baby on. This program meets on Tuesdays, 10:35 – 11:35 AM, March 31 – May 12 at the Recreation Center at S. Pine Creek, 210 Old Dam Road, 203-256-3191. The fee is $90.00 for 6 classes, course # 4761.

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