Whilst there’s an abundance of classes to help mums-to-be understand what will happen at the birth, most parents say the real struggle comes with knowing how best to care for your baby in the first few hours, days and weeks after you’re home.
The majority of new mums lament the same phrase, ‘If only I’d known how/what/when sooner, it’d have made my life so much easier!’ and this is the basis for The Baby Care Company classes.
The Baby Care Company is the brainchild of local mum of two Eilish Saba. She felt she learnt the best ways of looking after her newborn the hard way, and realised there’s so much you can tell parents-to-be, to help them be more prepared and informed.
The Baby Care Company runs a series of pre-baby classes aimed at arming you with tools and practical knowledge to make your journey into being a mum and dad as easy as possible.
Visit the website www.thebabycarecompany.co.uk for more details but in a nutshell, the courses are as follows;
The practical ‘Getting Ready’ class will help you save time and money de-mystifying the baby ‘gadgets’ it’s suggested you buy. You don’t need them all and there are some watch-outs when it comes to sizes and quantities. The course will also share practical tips like fitting a dimmer switch in the nursery before baby arrives and what you REALLY need in that all-important hospital bag.
‘The Early Days’ class offers insight into what to expect in hospital – everything from what tests might be carried out on your baby, to how your body might be after the birth – which is really reassuring when the time comes. This course importantly also teaches you how to care for your baby – focusing on holding positions, bathing a precious but wriggly newborn, how to dress/undress your baby, nappy changing, as well as taking care of the umbilical chord. There is also an introduction to bottle-feeding, which is really useful to know even if you intend to breastfeed.
‘Getting into your Stride’ shares secrets and techniques for getting baby to sleep, explores routines and how to implement them, and demonstrates breastfeeding techniques and tips – invaluable advice to help you avoid falling into bad habits when you become sleep-deprived further down the line.
The ‘Practical Dads’ course is designed to prepare him for what lies ahead, so he can play a more proactive and supportive role.
There’s also a ‘Refresher’ course for 2nd and 3rd time mums, devoted to reminding you how to care for a newborn and how to gear up for life with two (or more).
The courses themselves take place in the evenings to accommodate work schedules, or during the weekday mornings and last around two hours. It’s £70 per course or £160 if you book 3 courses. Course vouchers are also available, which can be a great present. Eilish offers one-to-one sessions as well.
Eilish has a real passion for what she does, so do give her a call to discuss further and find out timings for the courses that match your needs.
T: 020 7228 1041