We are big fans of sleep over at Kindred Meets HQ and that is why we love it when Cristina pays us a visit! Cristina is the founder of Psychologically Minded and is a practitioner psychologist from Venezuela with over 10 years of experience providing one to one and group intervention for children, adolescents and adults in different backgrounds and settings.
Cloth nappy libraries are a great way to find out more about real nappies before committing to buying a set of your own. In Waltham Forest we are lucky to have the wonderful Clair Wright running the local cloth nappy library because she is friendly, knowledgeable and helpful without being pushy or judgemental if a parent decides to opt for disposable nappies, for Clair it's about educating parents to make an informed decision based on what is right for them and their families.
It's always such a pleasure welcoming Sally and Maria from Buddha Baby and Sling Swing into our Kindred Meets community. Seeing the smiles on mums and babies faces as they dance and cuddle through a variety of fun songs, really warms our hearts. Every mum on maternity leave should have the opportunity to join a Sling Swing class, it's uplifting, good exercise and a real bonding experience to share with your baby.
We feel so honoured to have Calm Mutha introduce our Kindred Meets programme across multiple locations. Maria is so knowledgeable, supportive, calming and positive, she empowers mothers to feel confident and secure.
Maria has kindly written a guest blog that sums up her core message that she delivers to our wonderful Kindred Meets Mama's.
SLEEP - the one word that all new parents will think/fret/talk about more than anything else. In our final workshop of our 8 week program, we quizzed psychologist and child development specialist Cristina Delgado about all things shut-eye. Cristina runs workshops and consultations through her company Psychologically Minded, who provide evidence based interventions to help you to best support your child's development and mental wellbeing.
A firm favourite amongst new parents in the Walthamstow community, Jo Redmond and her daughter Chloe’s Baby Massage & Yoga classes are fun, jam-packed and educational. You’re taken on a journey through post-natal stretching for the benefit of the mum before moving on to some gentle yoga for both mum and baby, finishing up with baby massage, using oils that Mums are given to take away which is such a lovely added touch.
One of the biggest joys and challenges of parenthood is establishing communication with your baby, whether it’s reading their cues for feeding or understanding their sleep cycles, it can be a steep learning curve. There are ways and means by which we can play an active role in supporting our babies to develop key skills and behaviours.
With my first son, weaning and solids was a doddle. Purees? Sure. Baby led weaning? No problem. Plain veggies or fancy seafood? Seconds of both please. Rene didn’t try his first fried chip until he was 2 years old and we kept refined sugars from his diet/knowledge until he was influenced by his friends and entered the world of party bags!
Through extensive research and self-participation, we began our business plan by creating a wish list of classes, workshops and subjects that we wanted to feature through Kindred Meets. From the very beginning we knew that we had to partner with Sling Swing, for it’s fun factor, health benefits (mentally & physically!) and because they care so much about educating parents on the correct and safe ways to wear a baby.
When we created Kindred Meets, we chose the topics and themes of our Meets based on a carefully considered framework, with the aim to provide a balanced and holistic experience for parent and baby. Last week, we bopped and sang along to a carnival style music session from Bongalong, with music falling under the Creative category of our framework.
Kindred Meets launched its first program last week, and we opened with the ever-so-lovely and nurturing Calm Mutha hosting a workshop on parental self-care. When we started to carve out what we wanted Kindred Meets to be, the idea of providing a program that was as much for parent as it was for baby, was central to our thinking.