7 Ways to Prep for Baby in New Jersey

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 relaxation techniques, labor coping skills, pushing positions 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 care for a newborn.
Take it at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, $150, (973) 322-5360

Cesarean childbirth

If you know you’re having a c-section, this is the class for you. You’ll get details on what really happens during the surgery, including how the anesthesia works and operating room procedures.
Take it at Saint Clare’s Health System, $25 per couple, (866) 782-5273

Breastfeeding prep

Getting the knack of breastfeeding can be much easier if you already know the basics. This one-on-one class covers how to properly position baby, get her to latch correctly and know she’s feeding enough. You’ll also learn what you can and can’t eat, how to establish a good supply, and how to pump and store milk.
Take it at The Lactation Lady (she comes to you!), $125, TheLactationLady.com

Twins and other multiples

You’ll learn how to care for more than one baby at a time, the signs and symptoms of pre-term labor, and all about vaginal and cesarean deliveries. You’ll also get practical advice from other moms of multiples.
Take it at Morristown Medical Center, $75, (973) 971-5027

Infant care

Get information on making the transition into parenthood with this crash course. You’ll get how-tos on bathing, diapering, soothing and getting baby to sleep longer.
Take it at Calm Baby RN, $100 per couple, (973) 306-3063

Dad program

This class isn’t for you, but it can certainly help you out. Your partner can take part in Daddy Boot Camp, where he’ll find out how to handle his new role as dad, get baby-care basics and learn strategies for working together as parents.
Take it at Princeton HealthCare System, $25 per person, (888) 897-8979

Becoming a sibling

Kids ages three to eight learn about becoming a big brother or sister, how to diaper and swaddle, and they even make a gift for baby (so cute!). Parents learn how to deal with siblings and the new baby at the same time.
Take it at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, $35 per family, (888) 637-9584

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