Baby Sign Language – 10:30 a.m.
with Bill White, Touch Blue Sky
Stop guessing what your baby is trying to tell you and start spending more time fulfilling your child’s specific needs! Baby Sign Language gives babies the opportunity to communicate long before babies can verbalize their wants and needs. Signing with babies accelerates language development, reduces frustration, and deepens the bond between parent and child.
Touch Blue Sky’s baby sign language program is based on American Sign Language (ASL) and is designed for parents with babies who range in age from birth to 18 months. Fun activities and songs will show you how easy it can be to integrate baby signs into your daily routine and jump-start your child’s verbal skills. Babies are welcome but not required to attend.
Bill White, director of the baby sign language program, received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychobiology from University of California, Santa Cruz. He currently is facilitating baby sign language programs at Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, DayOne Center, Babies And Moms, and The Parks and Recreation Departments of Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and Redwood City. Bill is passionate about the benefits of signing with babies and is the proud father of two hearing sons who both sign.
Baby Sleep Solutions for a Healthy, Happy Family – 11:30 a.m.
with Lauren Scout
This workshop will cover baby sleep needs for infants 0-12 months old including how to best help little ones establish sleep habits/patterns; how developmental milestones impact infant sleep development; and what to do to help establish healthy sleep habits. We will learn about various techniques including no/low cry sleep methods; crying methods, and parent presence methods. Many sleep arrangements will be discussed including co-sleeping; room-sharing; crib sleeping; night feeds, and sleep changes and naps. We will also cover SIDS guidelines and research regarding this topic.
Lauren Scout is a sleep consultant trained in the Millette Method, parenting coach, certified postpartum doula, certified Hand in Hand Parenting Instructor, meditation teacher, and a certified lactation educator counselor. Lauren’s approach is constantly informed by her love of neuroscience, her passion for supporting parents as they transition into the mysterious and often overwhelming world of parenthood, and the thousands of lessons that families and babies have taught her over the last ten years. She is currently getting her masters degree in Early Childhood Studies. In addition to her private practice, Lauren teaches at Natural Resources in SF, a birth and early parenting resource and boutique. www.laurenscout.com
SPONSORED LUNCH WORKSHOP*: Are You Hiring A Caregiver or Nanny? Set up your Caregiver Relationship for Success – 12:30 p.m.
with Donna Levin, Care.com
Hiring a nanny or babysitter to become part of your family and work in your home is one of the most important hires you will ever make. Establish a strong, healthy partnership from the start and avoid the most common pitfalls when hiring. This workshop will help you:
• Think through and document the important needs you and your family will have for a nanny.
• Discover tools and tips on how (and how much) to pay your caregiver.
• Utilize a ‘nanny contract’ or employment agreement to set mutual expectations, including core responsibilities of the job with your new caregiver at the time of hire.
• Meet your obligations as a household employer and avoid unnecessary financial risk – what you can and can’t do when paying a nanny, common myths, understanding what the ‘nanny taxes’ are that you’re responsible for and other hiring obligations in the state of California.
Maintain a positive, healthy relationship with your caregiver over the long term.
As Co-Founder and Vice President of Public Policy and CSR for Care.com, Donna is dedicated to discovering innovative solutions to the growing global care issue, helping shape local, federal and state matters at they pertain to families. In her prior role as the Company’s Vice President of Operations, Donna built and launched all of the Company’s operational systems, policies, and procedures, and led the way on safety protocols, playing a fundamental role in scaling the Care.com platform.
* The first 100 to attend will receive a boxed lunch to enjoy during the workshop. *
Breastfeeding Basics: What every mom needs to know for the first few days – 2:00 p.m.
with Nursing Mothers Counsel
What happens in your first few days with your baby can be crucial to your breastfeeding success. Breastfeeding peer counselors from Nursing Mothers Counsel will present information every mom needs to get breastfeeding off to the right start. Learn what you can do before, during, and after your birth to help establish breastfeeding. Hear how skin-to-skin contact, laid-back nursing positions, and biological nurturing can help with both mother-baby bonding and the establishment of a healthy milk supply. Know what to expect in the first few days of breastfeeding and how valuable colostrum, your first milk, is for your baby’s health.
Since 1955, the mission of Nursing Mothers Counsel (NMC) has been to support the personal breastfeeding goals of mothers with free, one-on-one assistance and education by highly trained volunteer counselors who have also breastfed. NMC also supports Bay Area families through free breastfeeding classes and low-cost breast pump sales and rentals. For more information please visit www.nursingmothers.org.
Healthy Home = Healthy Body: How to create a safe home environment for your children – 3:00 p.m.
with Beth Greer, NewboRN-Solutions
On an average day you and your kids are exposed to untested chemicals — from additives in food, to endocrine disruptors in personal care products. They can exacerbate allergies and asthma and cause digestive problems, fatigue, cough, headache, and other health problems. You can easily reduce exposure to this daily assault. Come learn:
- The 5 things in your home to avoid if you want you and your family to stay healthy
- Key ingredients to watch out for in everyday items like breakfast cereal, bread, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.
- Read and understand product labels that can often be misleading
Beth Greer, aka The Super Natural Mom®, is author of the bestseller Super Natural Home, endorsed by Deepak Chopra and Ralph Nader. She’s former President of The Learning Annex, Certified Build It Green® Healthy Home Expert, Huffington Post columnist, holistic wellness educator, and environmental health advocate. Beth is also an inspiring speaker, mother, and popular media guest having appeared on CNN, ABC and NBC. She offers personalized in-home detox audits as well as web-based trainings through NewboRN-Solutions. Beth eliminated a tumor in her chest without drugs or surgery by detoxing her body and home. www.NewboRN-Solutions.com
Cloth and Compostable Diapers: Easy & Affordable – 11 a.m.
with Tiny Tots Diaper Service
Tiny Tots Diaper Service offers cotton, compost and combination diaper service options. The reusability of cotton makes this our greenest option along with being affordable, comfortable and convenient. Service includes professional laundering or composting of diapers along with weekly pick up and delivery of diapers and any other items from our award winning baby boutique. For lots more information, visit our website: www.tinytots.com
Visit our booth to receive free samples of our compostable diapers by Broody Chick and a coupon for a free Flip Top Diaper Hamper when you sign up for service!
Featuring expert Diapering Instructors who have logged hundreds of diapering hours and are excited about passing along “tips and tricks” of the trade.
Birth Choice: How to write your best birth plan – 12 p.m.
with Dr Laura Norrell, MD and Rebecca Amirault, CNM
Birth is an exciting combination of nature’s preferences and your desires. Birth plans are a fantastic way to communicate your birth preferences with your entire birth team. Writing down your birth preferences can help you solidify your ideas, desires and goals for your birth experience. In this lecture we will walk you through what questions to ask, and how to write your best birth plan.
Laura Norrell, MD and Rebecca Amirault, CNM have over 25 years of experience helping couples have safe and satisfying births. They work in a collaborative obstetric practice at CPMC St. Luke’s in the Mission District of San Francisco.
Advice for Dads and Dads to Be – 2:30 p.m.
with Andrew Gentry Law, MFT, DayOne Baby
Advice and helpful hints for dads and dads to be from a family therapy expert. Discuss issues you might want to talk about with your partner as you are expanding your family. As your family transitions from two to three (or four) members, new parents often feel that their couple relationship suffers but there are things you can do to provide support for each other.
Andrew is a Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in San Francisco. More importantly, he’s the primary at-home parent for Beatrix and Liam, 3 1/2 year old twins. For the last year, Andrew has facilitated a skills and support group for new dads at DayOne Baby in Laurel Village, San Francisco. Bringing a child into the world is one of the most beautiful experiences life can offer. DayOne Baby’s mission is to provide a solid foundation for growing families to build upon.
Children’s Activities at the Tot Spot
Art and Play – ongoing throughout the day
Create, color and play at our Tot Spot sponsored by UrbanSitter, an innovative service connecting parents with prospective sitters. There will be coloring, toys and free play for your tots. Take a break while the little ones entertain themselves.
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Great Baby Romp Pop-Up and Play
11:00 a.m. – Developmental Movement for Babies with Jessie Wesoky
12:00 p.m. – JAMaROO Kids Baby Circle
2:00 p.m. – It’s Yoga Kids – Baby Yoga and Massage
3:00 p.m. – JaMaROO Kids Baby Circle