Babies and Moms Playgroups!

We Parter with United Way of Utah County

Lesson Plans (all PDF)

Getting the Group Started

1: Your Baby's Brain

2: Importance of Play

3: Infant Massage

4: Discipline

5: Preventing Flu

6:Better Sleep

7: Storytelling

8: Immunization

9: Dental Care

10: Summer Safety

11: Car Seats

12: Quality Childcare

13: Music

14 Importance of Tummy Time

15: Shaken Baby Syndrome

16: Baby Sign Language

17: Temper Tantrums

18: Infant Eye Care

19: Television

20: Motherhood Stress

21: Toilet Training

22: Nutrition

23: Bouncing Back to Heath after Pregnancy

IMPORTANT:  Please provide feedback on the lessons so that United Way can Improve them.  

Lessons created by the Utah County United Way Welcome Baby Program

Learn and Grow (and play) Together! 

Parenting is a hard job and that sharing with other parents is one of the best ways to rejuvinate yourself and keep your parenting skills sharp.  

Get together with moms who have children of similar ages and start a play and learn group where your children can play while you learn something to make you a better parent.

Thanks to the United Way Welcome Baby Program, we have lessons that can be presented during the playgroup.  The lessons only take about 10-15 minutes and have valuable information to help you.  The lessons are located in the left column and the basic steps to organizing a playgroup are below. 

Steps to a Successful Babies and Moms Playgroup

If you are starting a playgroup, you will want to make some decisions about how you would like the playgroup to run.  If you make these decisions ahead of time, you can let other parents know what to expect when the playgroup begins.  That way, they can make a good decision about whether the playgroup fits their needs.

  1. Decide what type of play group you will have.  Will children play only or will you have something for the mothers as well (we like this idea so that you can learn and keep your mind limber--see the lessons on the left). 
  2. Decide if you will always meet just to play or if you will consider having fieldtrips or meeting in public locations. Some groups like to go once a month to a special outing like a museum or park.  For some moms who are short on cash, having to pay for an activity might be a deterrent. 
  3. Decide what age-range of children you will invite.  Remember that if the ages are too different, kids will not find as much in common. 
  4. Select a day and time that works well around naps and other considerations (this may limit who will come because of schedule).
  5. Select a location. You can rotate homes, meet at one house, or meet in a place like a park (depending on weather)
  6. Decide how many people you want in the group.  This depends on where you will meet (in a home or park) and what ages of children you will have.  Usually 5-10 moms is a good number.
  7. Decide other ground rules like who will provide snacks (if it is at someone's house, the hostess will generally do this but if you are at a park, this must be determined, what kind of snacks are acceptable, if additional kids can come (friends, siblings, etc), and so forth.

Having a clear idea of how you want the playgroup to function will help everyone and help you be successful.  It will also help you find other moms who want the same thing from a playgroup as you.

Inviting Other Parents

If you have friends who have kids your child's age and who would fit well in a playgroup, start with them and see who might be interested.  If you want to extend your group beyond this, consider hanging a flyer in a location where similarly-minded parents might look like a church bulletin, community board, or at the pediatrician's office.  Remember to include the basic structure of the playgroup (ages, time of day, type) but not enough information that your group is at risk for predators (location and activities).  

You can also use our Babies and Moms  Community to locate other moms in your area who want to have a playgroup! 

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Before the first official playgroup date, have a meeting of the parents to make sure that you are all in agreement on what to expect and set the specific date, location, and assignments at this meeting.   

Working the Kinks Out

Don't worry if your first few play groups are not perfect. It takes some time for kids to gel and learn to expect that they will have fun at a playgroup.   And don't be offended if parents drop out of the group.  If it doesn't meet their needs, it is better that they leave early and find something that works for them.  If you are friends, it doesn't mean that your friendship has to stop.  It just means that the playgroup dynamics are not right for them.  

Don't be afraid to change things as you come together.  Adjusting things as you go along is a great way to find success in the long run! 

The Long Lasting Friendships

Some of the best friendships you can make as a mother are with other mothers in your playgroup.  Also, for your children, the other children often become their friends.  Some playgroups last for years and keep kids bonded to a group of friends.  And, you will be surprised at how much you grow to care about the other children in the group and their growth and development.

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