Baby Care Basics Class

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Learn all you need to know to care for your newborn with the Baby Care Basics Class by BabyStrokes!

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Baby Care Basics Class by BabyStrokes will help you gain confidence in caring for your new baby.  It is the perfect class for expectant parents, grandparents and nannies, au pairs and other newborn caregivers.

The objective of the class is to help ease the transition from hospital to home to help parents and caregivers feel more confident in caring for the newborn baby.  You will learn newborn states and cues, reflexes, bathing, and feeding.  You will also learn soothing techniques and safety as well as guidelines for choosing a pediatrician.

Instructor:  Melanie Wattles, RN


  • Saturday, March 30 Class:  10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
  • Saturday April 17 Class:  1:15 – 3:15 PM

Cost:    $65 per couple or 2 family members.  (Not transferable)  Save $ by choosing a Class Bundle $105 option.

  • Baby Bundle A:  Infant Massage Class (Tuesday, February 26 – $45) + Baby Care Basics Class (Saturday, March 30 – $65)
  • Baby Bundle B:  Infant Massage Class (Thursday, March 28 – $45) +  Baby Care Basics Class (Saturday, April 27 – $65)

NOTE:  If these Baby Bundle dates don’t meet your needs, you may mix and match available class dates for THESE two classes even after registering online.  Register for either option.  Then just give us a call at 512-326-9308 or enter a message with your order at the time of order completion.



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  • The Newborn Baby:  Appearance, reflexes, states & cues
  • Feeding:  Breast or Bottle
  • Daily Care:  Bathing, diapering, cord care, circ care, and dressing
  • Crying:  Why do babies cry; swaddling & other soothing & calming techniques
  • Safety:  Home, care seat, choosing a pediatrician, & signs of illness

Melanie J. Wattles, RN, CIMI, CPMT

Melanie is a Registered Nurse (RN), a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI 1, 2), and a Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist (CPMT).

Melanie received her CIMI certification through the International Association of Infant Massage in 2001 and updated her skills in January, 2014, with her CIMI2 Certification through WINC Without Borders (World Institute of Nurturing Communication).

Melanie was trained by Tina Allen and received her CPMT through Liddle Kidz Foundation in June, 2016.  She is also a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse in the UK.  She has over 20 years experience in Pediatric and Neonatal Nursing and is Infant/Child CPR certified.

Melanie’s personal philosophy is to promote Infant/Child Massage to facilitate bonding and to enable all parents, babies, and children to experience the many benefits of massage.  Melanie also helping parents and caregivers become more confident in caring for newborns through her BabyStrokes Baby Care Basics Class.