Welcome to the Nest...
...the home of fun and nurturing boutique style Mommy & Me classes in Hermosa Beach, California. The Nest is where new mommies and their darling babies come once a week to bond, make new friends, learn and share new things and feel supported and encouraged!
Warning! In our classes you will have fun, laugh, smile and, yes, of course tear up from time to time. But that's what it's all about! Being in the "mommy moment" and knowing you have a room full of friends who know exactly what you're going through because... WE DO! It's been said every series because it's true... the friends you make in our Mommy & Me classes are your life line to sanity. Through the good and the challenging times there's nothing like mommy friends!
nest: (n) a place of rest and retreat; a home; where one goes to care for their young.
What to Expect
The intention for our classes is to create a lively and supportive environment in which you and your baby make life-long friends, all while learning some tricks of the trade from your instructor as well as from one another.
Each class is 90 minutes long. Moms & their babies enroll in a series of 8 week classes and attend class in Hermosa Beach.
We have a baby scale, nursing pillows, changing pad, comfortable chairs & mats, and exercise ball in our classroom for you to use with your baby.
We start each class by singing a couple of fun songs with the babies and learning some new baby signs. Next, mommies will hear the week's top tips. We also have a set calendar for each session with either a topic presentation & discussion or an expert guest speaker.
We end with "check in" time to ask questions of each another and discuss parenting issues that have come up throughout the week... your baby's sleep schedule or lack thereof, how and when to create a routine, ways to stimulate your baby throughout the day, the joys of teething, introducing solids, how to spot growth spurts and much more!
We Grow With You
Topics, tips, and guest speakers are different each series so that moms can continue to enroll in Nest classes throughout baby's first 12-18 months without being exposed to repetitive material. Most Nest moms enroll consistently through their baby's first year - moving through our classes and program with the mommy and baby friends that they've built a community with over time.
0-6 Month Classes
Welcome to the world, little one, and welcome to motherhood, mommy! Nursing, feeding, diaper changing, bouncing, swaying, walking... during Nest classes, you are welcome to do what you would typically do at home to soothe and care for your baby.
There is no minimum age for entry in the 0-6 month class. We have moms who start class the week after they deliver baby and moms who feel most comfortable waiting a couple of months.
6-12 Month Classes
Your baby is just starting to eat solids, may be sitting, and may be crawling! They're ready for the 6-12 month class! This class has a little more energy as our baby friends gain louder voices and can move more.
In this class, we put some simple developmentally appropriate toys in the center of the room so that your baby can play and explore with their baby friends while we have some discussion time!
0-12 Month Working Mama Class
This class is held in the evenings from 5:30 - 7:00 to accommodate the schedules of our working mommies once they return to work! During this class we discuss personal and parenting issues unique to the working mom in addition to the challenges and questions that every mom experiences.
2nd/3rd Time Mommy Class
This class is designed with the 2nd/3rd/4th... time mom in mind! Find childcare for your older child and make this your special time with your baby. The topics in our 2nd/3rd time mom generally focus on the baby and are the same as in our regular mommy and me program, however, we will also address topics only relevant to this group: sibling rivalry, how to teach & encourage sharing, how to survive motherhood while feeling "spread thin", how to tackle feelings of jealousy, creating a unique relationship with each of your children, etc.
You've been a mom before, but being a mom of more than one child is a whole new world and we get it!
Our Toddler Playtime Class
This class is for 12-18 month old toddlers and their mommies. It is 55 minutes a week and takes place in a series of 8 week classes.
This class is a unique mixture of music, play, and parenting discussions/support! In addition to the unstructured play time and our routine of songs each week, there is also a snack/discussion time and a "check-in" time to address parenting questions and needs.
Our parenting discussion time each week will focus on a common question of parents of this age group: "How do I encourage my child to share?", "What should I do when my toddler hits?", and more. We also invite guest speakers to the Nest periodically that meet the needs of our moms.