Activities For Parents & Parents To Be

Our Vision

We accompany parents, like you, in meaningful periods of your life such as during a pregnancy, delivery and early parenthood. We make the latest information available to you through a variety of classes, workshop and lectures to support you in your journey through early parenthood. We provide a safe space for you to share your needs and to ask your questions to our vetted experts. 

Babies Club

Thursdays from 11- 12.30

It takes time to adjust to becoming a parent. Being a new mum is in itself an overwhelming experience, let alone leaving the house and establishing a daily routine.

Having a weekly meet-up organized where you’ll meet new mums in the same boat can really help. So come around to drink some coffee, meet other mums, chat, share and get information on topics such as your child’s development, nutrition, sleep and more!

Free meetup programme:

Together with Moments with Mothers and Matka, Adapting to Love hosts a monthly babywearing meet-up with the purpose of building a community and sharing knowledge about babywearing.

Check our schedule and FB page for more updates.

 

Sleep Advice

Mondays from 10:00- 11:00

Ola from Tiny Sleepyhead helps parents solve the sleep issues of children aged 0-6 years old.

Tiny Sleepyhead can help you with frequent night wakening, early rising, rocking, nursing to sleep, no naps and more. The approach we use is customised and tailored to every family. Ola does not use cry-it-out, but gentle techniques which parents are comfortable with. Tiny Sleepyhead brings not only the healthy sleep back, but also smiles to the whole family.

These meetups are free and meant for sharing dilemmas, difficulties and experiences and getting information and support.

We kindly ask you to sign up via: info@matkaamsterdam.nl 24 hrs before the meetup, so we know how many parents to expect.

 

Nouvelles Mamans (FR/EN)

The meet ups take place from 10 -12 on the following dates:

18/04 and 30/05 

Are you pregnant in the Netherlands? Congratulations! ‘Nouvelles Mamans’ is an expat community and support group aimed at making your journey into parenthood just a little bit smoother. ‘Nouvelles Mamans’ hosts monthly events in and around Amsterdam always around a specific theme relevant to pregnancy, birth or early parenting. Meet and connect with other expecting parents, share stories and experiences. It is so important to build a community as you enter this new phase of your life and especially for expats. And don’t stop at our name, we both welcome and encourage the “Nouveaux Papas” (a.k.a New Dads) to join these monthly meet ups.

 

 

 

 

 

BabyBrains: Neuroscience for happy families (EN/IT)

Sundays from 10- 11 am

Designed by a neuroscientist and mum-of-three Silvia Dalvit Menabe, PhD, endorsed by Prof. Mark Johnson from Cambridge University, UK and held by neuroscientist and doula Valentina Cenedese PhD, this unique science-based parenting course gives you the tools to take on the parenting journey as an exciting adventure.

Knowing about your baby’s brain development will allow you to be a more effective and balanced parent, responding adequately to your child’s unique set of constraints and resources, avoiding frustration due to unrealistic expectations.

Programme

The series of six science-based, fun and interactive workshop will include engaging presentations, games, discussions, Q&A. 

Weekend Course- now online!

March 22: Seperation anxiety (based on object permanence)

March 29: Language & bilingualism (based on linguistics)

April 5: Motivation & discipline (based on the science of motivation)

April 19: Attachment & independence (based on the science of attachment) 

Price 

The 6 weeks course is €190 and a one-off workshop costs €40. Please note the price is for 1+1 partner for free. Babies and children under 4 are also welcome to join.

Info
For more information www.doulentina.com/babybrains or get in touch doulentina@gmail.com.

 

Baby Massage (NL)

 

Baby’s zijn gevoelig voor liefdevolle aandacht, aanraking en rust. Bij de babymassage zijn deze aspecten volledig met elkaar verweven. Door het directe, fysieke contact begrijp je de lichaamstaal van je baby beter. Je kunt buikkrampjes, verstopping, geprikkeldheid en overstrekken verlichten. Het kan je baby helpen om te ontspannen en langer of dieper te slapen. Babymassage is, zowel voor jou als voor je baby, ontspannend, geeft wederzijds vertrouwen en versterkt jullie onderlinge band. Babymassage betekent met volledige aandacht bij je baby zijn en daarmee is het ook een rustmoment voor jou! Babymassage is genieten voor twee. Bij de cursus babymassage leer je masseren volgens de Shantalababymassage: een eeuwenoude, eenvoudige methode die oorspronkelijk uit India komt. In vijf lessen leer je de Shantalababymassage stap voor stap aan zodat je deze gemakkelijk thuis kunt toepassen. Je krijgt een boekje waarin je alles wat je geleerd hebt na kunt lezen.

Deze cursus is voor baby’s die bij aanvang van de cursus tussen de 2 t/m 6 maanden oud zijn (in overleg ook ouder of jonger) en wordt gegeven door Mirjam Vos, die al meer dan 25 jaar cursussen voor baby’ s, ouders en aanstaande ouders geef.

Kosten € 110 Inclusief olie en een boekje waarin je de massage kunt nalezen.

Inschrijven en meer info kan je hier vinden

 

Online Mindful birthing Course

Programme

This 5-week course offers a combination of childbirth education, information and plenty of hands-on tools and mindfulness practices. You will learn a variety of techniques to help you engage the mind and body to deal with the intensity of labour

Course structure

Classes include:  

  • The physiology of childbirth
  • Mind-body awareness practices and hand-on practices to work with pain during labor
  • Positions for birthing and increased awareness of breath
  • Breastfeeding and parenting a newborn
  • Participants learn mindfulness meditation as a self-regulation approach to the physical and emotional challenges of pregnancy, birth and parenting.

You will:

  • Access deep physical and mental relaxation
  • Learn to engage the mind to work with pain during labor
  • Increase confidence and trust for the experience of labor and delivery
  • Practice prenatal yoga for strength and flexibility
  • Develop skills for managing stress in pregnancy, parenting and daily life and enhance partner communication skills

Price:  Price per couple: € 325 

Note : If you have coverage for mindfulness, the course is fully covered.

Please contact marjorie@experiencemindfulness.nl, if you have any questions or want to register.

Read all about what the course covers here

  

Baby Yoga

Programme

Join our experimental trial class of Yupi Yoga for Mums, Dads or caregivers of kids aged 8 months to 2 years. This is a great opportunity for you to move, have fun, be with your little one and all that at the same time! 

You will be guided through some of Vinyasa Yoga poses with the flow, following your breath. With the help of our kids, some postures can be challenging so please prepare to sweat a bit. Some poses will be done (optionally) with your baby. 

It will be very informal settings so do not worry, you will have space to have a break, feed or change nappy.

What to bring? Comfortable clothes and your baby’s favourite toy.

Price:  € 10

Sign up via email: paula@babayoga.nl

  

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What Our Families are Saying

 

I really loved the messy play experience!! It’s the perfect opportunity for little ones to interact with other little ones and get messy in a safe environment while parents can take a small break.

My little boy had messy play for his 1st birthday and it was great! The kids ranged from 1 – 3 years and all had such a fun time playing in the gooey gunky stuff plus Leanne was super quick and efficient at cleaning up all the mess after. Highly recommend for any kids birthday.

This is a great setup for kids and parents. There’s just enough chaos for kids to love it, but little enough that we parents can still have a good chat with our tea/coffee. My 16-month-old has a great time, and our cleanup is just a splash on his hands and a quick change of his clothes. Highly recommended.

I highly recommend Messy play!!! My daughter had her birthday party there and her and her 13 friends loved everything about it!! Brilliant activities all hand made by the organiser and something totally different. Brilliant work messy play