Programs for Parents with Babies

Mother and infant attending parent workshop.

Welcoming a new baby into your family is an exciting time filled with sweet moments, laughter and joy. Still, there is no doubt that babies present many new challenges. It can help to be surrounded by others who are experiencing the highs and lows of parenting a baby; to understand your joy and your challenges as they navigate them too.

We are here to help you connect with other parents and families in the community.

You can join our free parent and baby programs any time you’re ready. Continue scrolling to see the program details and email us at [email protected] with your questions. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Postpartum Mood Disorder Peer Support Group, phone and email

Our PPMD Peer Support Group is a judgement-free space where you can talk about how you feel or just sit and listen to others. Childcare is provided in the centre during the program; you are also welcome to bring your baby with you into the group. This group is available at our Heart Lake, Brittany Glen and Turtle Creek EarlyON locations. Find out more about our PPMD Peer Support Group.

If you have any concerns about changes in your mood or well-being, we are here to listen. You can phone or text 647-913-8410. The line is answered between 9:00am and 4:00pm Monday to Friday. Email [email protected] for free, confidential support and resources.

Please note that our services are not monitored 24/7. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, you can call the 24/7 Crisis Support Line run by Canadian Mental Health Association’s Peel Dufferin branch at 905-278-9036. See our mental health resource list for other urgent and non-urgent mental health services in Peel.

Two moms smiling and chatting whiel holding their babies

You and Your Baby: a program for first-time moms

Becoming a mom is filled with new experiences and a wide range of emotions; no one understands this like another mom. At You and Your Baby, you’ll meet other first-time moms, and share the joys and challenges of having a baby. Throughout this six-session program, we’ll discuss topics like birth experience, feeding your baby, safety tips, and adjustments to parenthood. Find out more about You and Your Baby.

Mom’s Chat

During this relaxed chat session you can share your thoughts and concerns about parenting, ask questions, and meet other moms in your community. If you don’t want to share, that’s ok! Come and listen instead. Moms with children birth to 24 months are welcome to join Mom’s Chat.

Just for Dads

Join us at Just for Dads where you can connect with other fathers that are also learning more about their role as a parent. Come share your thoughts and concerns about parenting, ask questions, and meet other dads in your community. Fathers with children birth to 6 years are welcome!

Two moms smiling and chatting whiel holding their babies
Two moms smiling and chatting whiel holding their babies

Just for Dads

Join us at Just for Dads where you can connect with other fathers that are also learning more about their role as a parent. Come share your thoughts and concerns about parenting, ask questions, and meet other dads in your community. Fathers with children birth to 6 years are welcome!

Infant Mother Goose: Circle time program for you and your baby

Songs, rhymes and finger play can help soothe your baby; they love to feel your touch and hear your voice! Join Infant Mother Goose for a fun circle time where you and your baby can connect through music. Meet other families in your community, discuss parenting, and share community resources. Moms, dads and caregivers with infants birth to 12 months are welcome!

Mom places hand on baby's chest as baby looks up at mom

Infant Massage

In this 5-week program, you and your baby can explore a fun way to bond and connect through Infant Massage! For infants, touch is one of the first ways that they are able to interact with their environment and communicate with you. Through simple massage techniques you will learn a new stroke each week, while also learning about your baby’s individual cues and responses. Find out more about Infant Massage.

Infant Feeding Support

Do you have questions about breastfeeding/chestfeeding, pumping, bottle feeding, formula feeding or combo feeding? Our Registered Lactation Consultant provides free infant feeding support at EarlyON Centres. Parents and caregivers with infants can drop in to Infant Feeding Support to ask questions and share concerns.

Two moms smiling and chatting whiel holding their babies
Two moms smiling and chatting whiel holding their babies

Infant Feeding Support

Do you have questions about breastfeeding/chestfeeding, pumping, bottle feeding, formula feeding or combo feeding? Our Registered Lactation Consultant provides free infant feeding support at EarlyON Centres. Parents and caregivers with infants can drop in to Infant Feeding Support to ask questions and share concerns.

Parenting Workshops

Join us alongside expert guests while we explore a wide range of parenting topics! Topics include: baby-led weaning, introducing solids, car seat safety and more. See a list of all upcoming workshops here!

We can’t wait to see you!

If you have questions, please contact [email protected].

For more EarlyON Centres that offer parent and baby programs, visit infopeel.ca/earlyon.