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Car Seat Safety Class

Taught by Amy Plass, Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST)

Upcoming Classes:

Wednesday, March 25th at 10:30 am

Fee: $15 per family. Prepayment and Preregistration required. Participants will receive a $15 voucher toward a car seat purchase at Mother's Haven.

Call (208) 676-1300 to register.

Car Seat Safety Basics:

Car seats can greatly reduce the risk of injury or death in a crash, but selecting the proper seat and installing it can feel a bit like rocket science. In Kootenai County, 80% of car seats are misused. This class will provide you with the information you need to make the best choices for your child to keep them safer on the road.

In this class, you will learn:

  • The 4 stages of car seat safety
  • Why it's best to max out each stage
  • Common mistakes and how to avoid them
  • Where to go to get your installation checked

NEW! Sign With Baby

Taught by Ioana Ojog Siegler, MED

Classes are held on Saturdays from 10:30 - 11:30 am.

Next class will be in May...dates to be announced.

Fee: $35 per family. Prepayment and Preregistration required.
Call (208) 676-1300 to register

Minimum of 3 different participants or 2 families , Maximum of 10 different participants or 5 families

Using Sign Language with babies has many benefits for parents and babies alike!  Signing with your baby helps you bond and enjoy this special time with your little one.  Join us in learning signs that help you meet your baby’s most basic and important needs, such as: signs for meal time, play time, toileting and diapering time, family signs, and more; and learn how Sign Language benefits you and your child for years to come.  

Perfect for babies who can bring their hands together and older. 

Ioana Ojog Siegler has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and has taught Sign Language classes to child care providers in the Coeur d’Alene area for several years.  Sign Language became an interest during her Master’s program studies when she discovered the many benefits of signing with typically hearing babies and children.  She used signs with the toddlers and preschoolers at the child care center she worked at and also with her two children.  Ioana is excited for this opportunity to share her passion and interest in using Sign Language with babies and young children.  

Come Sing With Me

Taught by Tamara Orlandi, Music Teacher

Classes are a 4 Part Series held on Wednesdays starting at 10:45 am . Please plan to attend all 4 classes consecutively, unless you make prior arrangements with a Mother's Haven team member due to a planned absence. The class runs 35-45 minutes, depending on when the babies tire.
March 1st - 22nd

March 29th - April 19th

May 24th - June 14th

Fee: $35 per child. Prepayment and Preregistration required.
Call (208) 676-1300 to register

Come Sing with Me is led by music teacher Tamara who is an expert at facilitating fun and engaging music and movement experiences for groups of children and their parents or caregivers (nannies, babysitters, grandparents, or relatives.) Each weekly class offers dozens of songs and rhythmic rhymes, including fingerplays, small movement activities, and parachute time. Parents don't need to have music skills—they just need a desire to play and have fun with their children! 

Tamara Orlandi has been teaching music and movement classes for 18 years. As a past Gymboree instructor and current Kindergarten music teacher at Kinder Magic, Tamara incorporates dancing, singing, movement, fun and energy into her classes. Integrating music from birth on can support better speech and language development, balance and coordination, social interaction and a lifetime love of music. Come enjoy mommy and me time and help bring the love of music into your children's hearts.

Unlocking the Mysteries of Breastfeeding

Taught by Melissa Morgan, IBCLC

These classes are held  Saurday's from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm.

April 22nd

Fee: $35 per family. Prepayment and Preregistration required. It is strongly encouraged that moms and their partners attend this class together if possible

Call (208) 676-1300 to register.  This class also meets the requirements for DONA certification.

This is a  2-1/2 hour class designed to teach the art of breastfeeding to expectant parents.  In this class you will learn:

  • How breastfeeding works
  • What mother’s and baby’s bodies expect during lactation
  • The stages of lactation and what to expect at each stage
  • How spouses/partners and family members can support breastfeeding
  • The basics of getting started with breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding positions and when to use them, including hands-on practice with models
  • Hands-on breastfeeding techniques and when to use them
  • When to call for help
  • Nutritional support and how dietary choices support (or hinder!) breastfeeding
  • How to incorporate breastfeeding into your daily life
  • Lactation tools and interventions: when they’re appropriate and how they’re used

NEW! Breastfeeding and Returning to Work or School

Taught by Melissa Morgan, IBCLC

These classes are held  Saurday's from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm.

March 25th
June 24th

Fee: $35 per family. Prepayment and Preregistration required.

Call (208) 676-1300 to register.

A one-hour class during which we will work together to develop a plan to protect your milk supply, nourish your baby, and facilitate bonding while you are separated from your baby.  We will identify any booby traps that may hinder your breastfeeding relationship once you return to work or school and prepare for them.  A worksite plan will also be created.

Not only will we develop a plan for breastfeeding and returning to work or school, we will also discuss:

  • How your milk supply works
  • How to protect your supply while separated from your baby
  • Handling growth spurts and illness while away from your baby
  • Breastmilk handling (expressing/pumping, storing, and feeding)
  • Preparing your caregiver on the breastfed baby
  • Nutrition to support breastmilk supply

NEW! Simply Solids: Simplify the Introduction of Complementary Solid Foods

Taught by Jennifer McIntosh, IBCLC

These classes are held  Saurday's from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm.

May 27th

Fee: $35 per family. Prepayment and Preregistration required.

Call (208) 676-1300 to register.

In this class you will learn:

  • Knowing when your baby is ready for complementary foods
  • How to incorporate solids without sacrificing breastfeeding
  • Various methods/philosophies of providing first foods such as commercially produced foods, making your own, and the
  • “Baby Lead Weaning” approach
  • How to safely introduce foods, including food handling and minimizing choking hazards
  • What are common food allergies/intolerances and the signs your baby might have them
  • Introduction to tools and gadgets for infant feeding, food preparation and storage
  • Fitting complementary feeding into your family’s lifestyle
  • Nutrition needs and serving sizes for your growing baby
  • Reducing toxin exposure from food sources
  • And more!!!

Infant CPR and First Aid

Taught by Cathy MacCallum - Health Educator and AHA Basic Life Support Instructor

These classes are held on Saturdays at 10:30 am.

April 8th

$10 per person. Preregistration and prepayment are required.
Call (208) 676-1300 to register

In this one hour class, you will learn skills to relieve choking and how to perform infant and child CPR. We will address safety, injury prevention and basic first aid. Feel free to bring your baby.

Introduction to Cloth Diapering Classes

Taught by Amy Plass, Mother of two and Experienced Cloth Diaper User

These classes are held on Saturday's at 1:00 pm.

March 11th

FREE.  Preregistration required.

Call (208) 676-1300 to register

Intro to Cloth Diaperingis an infor mal class for anyone interested in cloth diapering. Whether you're expecting or looking to switch from disposables, this class will take you from skeptical to confident!

Taught by Amy Plass, mother of two and cloth diapering advocate, this class will help you make informed choices about which diapers are right for you, your baby, and your budget.

The class will cover the benefits of cloth diapering, common cloth diaper styles, and things to consider when choosing the best diapers for your family. We'll also cover washing basics, how to prep your diapers for use, and of course - what to do with the poop!

La Leche League Mothering Group

Taught by Jennifer McIntosh - Accredited La Leche League Leader, IBCLC

These groups are held on the First Friday of every month from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

FREE. No preregistration is required.

Class topics include: gentle discipline methods that work, night time parenting, pregnancy, breastfeeding, weaning, improving your family's diet, potty-mastery, adjusting to being a new mother, family/siblings adjusting to a new baby, siblings without rivalry, raising your spirited child, being an advocate for your child, handling unsolicited advice, green housecleaning, etc. Classes are helpful and appropriate for pregnant women, mothers with new babies, and mothers with toddlers and preschoolers. Learn a Loving way of life with your children.

Baby Wearing 101

Taught by Dusty Polito

These classes are held on Fridays at 3:00 pm

March 3rd

FREE. Preregistration required.

Call (208) 676-1300 to register.

Baby Wearing 101 will cover the basics of baby wearing, the primary types and styles of carriers, safety, and the benefits of baby wearing.

Postpartum Wellness Through Placental Encapsulation

Taught by KC Loveland - Placenta Encapsulation Specialist

These classes are held quarterly on Mondays at 5:00 pm

February 6th

FREE. Preregistration required.
Call (208) 676-1300 to register

Nearly all mammals eat their placenta after birthing their young, and we are seeing a rapidly growing number of American women using placenta encapsulation to balance hormones, increase energy, and enhance milk supply.

Come learn more about this ancient practice with local Placenta Encapsulation Specialist K.C. Loveland. K.C. will begin with a brief informative talk about the history, science, and practice of Placenta Encapsulation, followed by Q&A


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