7 Ways to Prep for Baby in Boston

Don’t just get bigger. Get smarter! Get ready for baby with one of these cool, local classes.

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Childbirth education

Get a primer in the stages of labor and the scoop on pain-relief techniques—whether you want drugs or not. Find out what happens if there are complications during childbirth and what to expect after delivery. And get tips on how to create the right birth plan for you.
Take it at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, $185 per couple, (617) 243-6649

Preparing the family pet

A local dog behavioral trainer will walk you through preparing and introducing your furry friend to your newborn—and show you proactive exercises you can do now to help prevent behavior issues once baby arrives.
Take it at Isis Parenting, $79 per couple, (781) 429-1500

Breastfeeding prep

Getting the knack of breastfeeding can be much easier if you already know the basics. This class covers the importance of skin-to-skin contact, how to properly position baby, get her to latch correctly and know if she’s feeding enough. You’ll also learn about life with a newborn and how to shop for nursing supplies, including breast pumps.
Take it at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, $55, (617) 244-5593

Twins and other multiples

If you’re carrying more than one baby, you’ll want to take this class. You’ll learn strategies for keeping up with more than one newborn at a time during everything from bath time to bedtime.
Take it at Isis Parenting, $59 per couple, (781) 429-1500

Infant care

Get information on making the transition into parenthood with this crash course. You’ll get how-tos on bathing, diapering and feeding.
Take it at Mamas Move Inc., $45 per couple, (781) 616-6244

Dad program

This class isn’t for you, but it can certainly help you out. Your partner can take part in the Boot Camp for New Dads, where he’ll learn from veteran fathers how to handle his new role as dad and get infant-care basics, including how to hold and comfort a baby.
Take it at Lowell General Hospital, $40, (877) 544-9355

Becoming a sibling

Kids ages one and up chat openly about what it will be like to become a big brother or sister and what to expect during Mom’s hospital stay, and learn what will change when the baby arrives.
Take it at Boston Baby Beginnings, $45 for one sibling, $10 per additional sibling, (617) 413-7476

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