Published: Thursday 05 November 2020
We recently ran our first monthly live Q and A session with To Baby and Beyond’s founder Julie Cleasby and her right hand woman Jessica Barnaschone. They answered a series of questions both live from participants on the call, and a handful of previously submitted ones. We’re going to post the questions and answers as blog posts in case you missed the session.
Our first question was topical: now that lots of people are running classes by Zoom, how has that been? And now, as we’re starting to run face-to-face classes again, how are people finding that?
Group members had found online classes a great success once people had got used to the idea, and especially since Zoom and the like has become so much part of ‘normal’ life. Parents like that they can learn from home, there’s no risk of infection, and if baby is upset or has other needs, they can be dealt with more easily. Many people are continuing to run online classes alongside restarting the face-to-face classes.
As far as starting up face-to-face classes again, they’ve tended to be very popular with classes getting booked up quickly. This is partly because classes have got to be smaller due to reasonable social distancing but also because parents have been eager to get out and start doing something after months of being at home with no social interaction with other new parents.
We recently ran a Covid-19 Risk Assessment webinar which goes through all the aspects of running face-to-face classes. This is now available to watch in our online learning portal.
During the Q and A session, we discussed that classes which might have used various sensory items now tend to focus on the baby massage itself. Parents are asked to bring their own mats and spaces can be marked using tape. Many of these considerations are covered in the Covid-19 Risk Assessment webinar.
Other questions were also covered in the Q and A session including:
- Do people provide handouts for parents in baby massage classes?
- Why is it not appropriate to massage baby after they’ve been immunised?
- At what age can baby first be massaged?
- What length of baby massage course do parents [and instructors] find to be the most appealing and effective? Do pay as you go classes work for people?
-Is there any training available for those wishing to teach baby massage with twins or other multiples?
- Do people run classes specifically for dads and are they popular?
Check out the links above for the answers. If you’re a past or current student of To Baby and Beyond look out for next month’s live Q&A session!
If you'd like to learn to teach baby massage, we offer face-to-face courses and an online distance learning option. Check out the full details here.
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