Last night the husband and I attended a local organization’s class teaching us how to care for a newborn. I will admit, I was mostly interested in taking the class to be there in support of the husband. After all-I’d babysat a ton when I was a teenager (15 or so years ago) and I handled my new nephew without managing to break him (a few weeks ago) so how hard can this baby thing be?
Except that I had never considered the mechanics of bathing a baby. Or seen, graphically, a diaper “blowout” (ew). Or swaddled a baby.
As it turns out, the class was pretty helpful for both of us, although it definitely was comforting to my husband to be in the company of a bunch of other guys, all who were equally clueless and inexperienced.
I didn’t like that I mostly heard endorsements for products that “hey, guess what!” the store connected with the organization carries, but that didn’t suprise me either. Examples–we like Mai Teis and Ring Slings more than MOBY’s…because hey, we sell Ring Slings and Mai Tei’s! Truth–if, like me, you have a bad back, the MOBY is far superior because it spreads the weight evenly across your back and both shoulders as opposed to slings that put all the weight on one shoulder.
I think we paid around 50 dollars for a 3 hour class, and it’s likely we’ll get it back from our flex spending, which means we paid much less than 50 when you account for the fact that flex spend money is pre-taxed income that you get reimbursed.
There are two more classes coming up-breastfeeding and infant cpr. I feel like those will be incredibly helpful, especially the breastfeeding one because that is totally new territory for me. I am, however, concerned as always that the bf class will be totally crunchy granola party line stuff. Sigh.