The transition to being a new mom can be a difficult one. Going from living a professional life to all things baby all day, everyday, was an adjustment for me. Particularly as a first time mom, I found myself second guessing how to do things, and had many questions. My friends and family are great, but as most of them work during the day I found myself craving some adult conversation. Luckily my neighbourhood of Yaletown has a variety of programs nearby for mama’s to get together. Whether you just need to get out of the house, meet new people, or bounce baby questions off each other, these programs have you covered:
Roundhouse Community Centre
Enjoy a variety of mom + baby programs, including post-natal yoga and pilates, stroller bootcamp, and stroller fitness. As a bonus, stroller fitness takes place outdoors in the summer, perfect for the gorgeous weather we’ve been having. If you want to get a head start, pre-natal classes are offered for the above, a great way to connect with moms-to-be. Baby centred programs include developmental play and music classes, offering fun interactive play with your little one.
Public health nurses from Three Bridges Community Centre offer information sessions quarterly at the Roundhouse. Learn about helping baby sleep, the transition to solids, and more.
Vancouver Public Library
It’s never too early to read to your baby, and what better place than the inspirational VPL. The children’s floor boasts an impressive collection and tons of cozy reading spots. For a more social experience, they offer an interactive storytime for babies & toddlers.
Vancouver Aquatic Centre
The baby and toddler pool at the Vancouver Aquatic Centre in Yaletown provides a great, safe, place for your little one’s introduction to swimming. Whether you want to attend swim classes or just splash around during drop-in times, it’s a great way to cool down, get some exercise, and socialize with other parents.
Simply Get Out and About in Yaletown
I’ve met many moms and their babies just wandering around the neighbourhood. From local coffee shops, to the seawall and busy playgrounds, there is always an abundance of mamas with stroller in tow. Emery Barnes Park is a Yaletown favourite for striking up conversation and swapping stories.
Mahsa Di Placito is a writer, blogger, marketing consultant, and mama of one. She enjoys eating, travelling to far away lands, reading up on celebrity gossip, and cooking (sometimes successfully!).