4 Amazing Mommy & Me Classes In The South Bay (Los Angeles)
Having a newborn is a life-changing event ... a blessed life-changing event at that.
However, when you're a new mom, or a 2nd-time mom, or 3rd, 4th....you get it. Being homebound with no one to talk to, few people around you that understand what it's like having a newborn in our socieity, right now; it's isolating and lonely.
Mommy and me classes are designed to connect local moms together that have babies the same age. The classes allow new moms to meet once-a-week and engage in age-appropriate, "what to expect" seminars, commiserate over sleepless nights or sore nipples, or just create a local social network of new moms.
Finding people who are going through what you're going through will form fast friendships and take some of the isolation edge off of your new world. Meeting up for coffee, early "playdates", working out, taking music classes, sharing questions, or just going for a walk together will enhance your early motherhood experience massively.
The hard part about Mommy and Me classes is that they are hard to find! We have curated the 4 fantastic Mommy and Me Classes in the South Bay (of Los Angeles). If you live in Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Torrance, Palos Verdes, and/or El Segundo, CA; these parenting classes will encourage one-on-one bonding time with your little one and help you find new friends!
1. Mother Nurture Network - Redondo Beach, CA
With 42 5-star reviews on Yelp, The Mother Nurture Network (or MNN as alumni mom's lovingly call it) provides support groups, parenting classes, parent and me (mommy and men, and dad and me), prenatal education, counseling, lactation help, and even breast pump rentals. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and the Mother Nuture Network is creating that village for you.
The Mother Nuture Network's team consists of superstars too.
Fay Hove - an in-house Marriage & Family Therapist (Berkeley educated) and maternal mental health advocate.
Julie Wright - a psychotherapist and one of Los Angeles's best-known parenting group leaders. She founded The Wright Mommy and Me program, formerly located at The Pump Station in Santa Monica. She is also the co-author of "The Happy Sleeper: The Science-Backed Guide To Helping Your Baby Get a Good Night's Sleep" (Penguin Random House) with Heather Turgeon.
Location: 107 W. Torrance Blvd, Suite 100 Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Phone: (310) 798-9000
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Scheduling: MNN Classes come in 6-week series and you can start as young as 6-weeks old. The classes are organized based on your baby's birth month. The 6-week series is $180 and the classes are limited to 10 people.
Here is a link to their direct scheduling tool: Mother Nurture Network Schedule
2. South Bay Family Tree/South Bay Adult School - Manhattan Beach, CA
Another fantastic Mommy and Me class option in the South Bay (Redondo, Hermosa, Manhattan Beach, Torrance, and PV) is the South Bay Adult School. With 29 4.5-star reviews on Yelp, the South Bay Adult School provides mommy and me (parent and me) classes, workshops, and lectures. They call their services the "South Bay Family Tree Parent Education (SBFT)" and have a very organized schedule that is broken into "terms" (a lot like a school semester).
The SBFT Parent education staff consists of 12 credentialed SBFT teachers and one Edison Preschool teacher. *On Yelp, moms and parents alike rave about Carmel Madonna and her special ways educating parents and children alike.
Location: Manhattan East: Manhattan East is located on Peck Avenue north of Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach. It is the former site of Manhattan Beach Middle School next to Polliwog Park. Classes are located up the hill from the parking lot.
Phone: (310) 376-6211
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Scheduling: Classes are once a week and they come in semester-like terms, for 12-weeks each term. The Fall term starts September and runs 12 weeks. Then December and then March. They have classes age groupings from: 0-6 months (Baby Beginnings), 7-12 month (crawlers), 12-18, 18-24 months (toddlers), and two to three's. The class series is $158 (with a $50 registration fee) and the class sizes are 20-22 people.
Register: You can register online at SouthBayAdult or walk-in to register, M-F from 8am to 2:30pm to Pacific Center, 1600 Pacific Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA, Rm. 50.
South Bay Adult School - Mommy & Me Location (see map above)
Manhattan East is located on Peck Avenue north of Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach. It is the former site of Manhattan Beach Middle School next to Polliwog Park. Classes are located up the hill from the parking lot.
3. New Beginnings at The Nest - Hermosa Beach, CA
A 3rd, more intimate Mommy and Me class option is New Beginnings at The Nest. Although it only has three 5-star reviews on Yelp, the The Nest provides boutique-style mommy & me classes with their attention focused on small, intimate groups where you can make "life-long" friends. They have a very strong word-of-mouth referral going too.
They structure their classes around singing songs (and learning those songs by heart), baby sign language, top parenting tips, and expert speakers. They also focus on "checking in" with all of the mothers and allowing individuals to discuss questions and allowing the group to share their advice and opinions.
The Nest's instructors look like they could be your best friends and featured in a Gymboree or Gap Kids ad.
Jenn Langsdale Owner and class facilitator, Jenn is a mom of three little boys and has a degree in Psychology and Childhood Development. She taught and developed curriculum for TK - 5th grade.
Mary Beth Ferrante Class facilitator and mom of two girls, Mary Beth's background is in leadership development and coaching. She spent 8 years running professional and leadership development programs designed for women, both in the corporate setting and in the non-profit world.
Jessie Shannon Another one of The Nest's Class facilitators, local mom Jessie spent her career in children's hospitals, as a preschool teacher, and as a nanny for multiple-children families from infancy through school age. She have an undergraduate degree in Child Development and a master's degree in Child Life, and am a certified Child Life Specialist.
Mary Scifres Class facilitator and mother of two little girls, Mary was an elementary school teacher (Kindergarten, 4th grade, and reading specialist coach).
Location: 730 11th Street Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
Phone: (310) 850-8629
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Scheduling: Classes are once a week (90 minutes long) and they come 8-week series. They break their classes into 6-month increments and you sign up for class according to your baby's age. They also have more specialized classes, for example: working mommy & me classes, 2nd/3rd time mommy and me classes (older siblings do not attend the classes), and toddler playtime classes. The class series is $180.
4. South Bay Breastfeeding Support & Education Center - Torrance, CA
Another Mommy and Me class in the South Bay (of Los Angeles) is South Bay Breastfeeding Support & Education Center. With 26 5-star reviews on Yelp, South Bay Breastfeeding Support (SBBSC) provide mommy & me education classes that will "explore developmental play activities, important core strengthening and coordination exercises, along with the support and camaraderie of a group".
SBBSC's solo instructor is it's owner, Elaine Skaggs.
- Elaine Skaggs - Owner, CLC, CLE, CPD, Elaine is a mom of 2 grown children, is a nationally Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), UCLA Certified Lactation Educator, certified Doula, and lover of all babies.
Location: 3812 Sepulveda Blvd Suite 460 Torrance, CA 90505
Phone: (310) 871-9876
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