The transition from full-time employee to full-time mother is a significant social adjustment. As much as I adore my son’s daily smiles and babbles, I find myself craving adult conversation and seeking opportunities to connect with other mamas in the community. These are my top picks for social activities for Edmonton mamas (and papas!) with babes 0-6 months.
1. Alberta Health Services New Mom’s Groups – $30 or FREE
Alberta Health Services offers 6 week sessions out of local health centres for new moms with babes under 6 months old. The classes are taught by a Registered Nurse and cover a variety of topics such as safety, dental care, and nutrition. There is an optional $30.00 fee if you can afford it, otherwise there is no charge to attend these groups. My mom’s group created its own Facebook group and we continue to connect now that the sessions are done, organizing our own meet-ups, walks, and family swims. Call your local health centre or Health Link (811) to register.
Baby Lap Time sessions run at various library locations throughout the city. Sing along to silly songs, read books, play with scarves, blow bubbles, and flutter a colourful parachute. The babies love it! Plus, its a great opportunity to meet other moms.
Hike It Baby is a non-profit organization that connects families with local walks and hikes, focusing on birth to school age. Participation is simple: register on the website, sign the waiver, and show up for any hike! Hikes vary from stroller-friendly, easy walking pace to active hikes that are baby carrier only. Descriptions of each hike are available on the website and the Edmonton group also has a Facebook page. If none of the hikes suit your preferences, you can organize your own hike and invite others to attend.
Most yoga studios offer some version of Mommy & Me yoga classes that you can do with your baby. Another fun option is the postnatal classes at J’Adore Dance for Moms and babes, including Intellidance (3-11 months), JFIT Mama (4months+), and Salsa Mama (6 weeks +).
The City of Edmonton offers Parent & Tot: Starfish swim classes for babes as young as 4 months old. If your baby is younger than that, join up with friends or make it a family event at any of the City of Edmonton Recreation Centres. Our favorite is the Clareview Recreation Centre with its warm salt water kids pool and large accessible family change rooms. I recommend choosing a time when the pool is least busy (e.g. Saturday mornings) so it isn’t too overwhelming for the little ones.
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