Annapolis, a quaint waterfront town that is home to the U.S. Naval Academy, is known as much for training naval officers as it is for raising children. The capital city of Maryland has no shortage of activities for your newborn baby. From baby-and-me-yoga classes to story readings at the local library, moms seeking to keep their infants occupied or just connect with other moms won't be disappointed in this family friendly city.
Listen to stories and sing songs with other parents and their infants at the "Babies In Bloom" program available at the Annapolis Area branch of the Anne Arundel County Library system. The 30-minute program is designed to encourage the intellectual development of infants. Babies In Bloom takes place at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Babies In Bloom
Annapolis Area Branch
1410 West St.
Annapolis MD 21401
Parents can stretch their muscles and bond with their baby at the "Yoga-Baby and Me" class available at the city's $16 million Truxtun Park Recreation Center that opened in 2009. The program is available to moms and dads whose babies are 6 weeks old. Yoga-Baby and Me provides instruction on yoga poses to perform with your infant as well as baby massage techniques. In addition to yoga, parents can give their infants a head start on visual and audio skills by taking the "Little Bundles" class designed for babies who are 6 weeks to 6 months old. Offered by My Gym Children's Fitness Center in Annapolis, this class includes baby exercises and songs and dance to help stimulate spatial skills. The class lasts 45 minutes. Other classes available at My Gym Children's Fitness Center include "Tiny Tykes," which introduces 7- to 13-month-old babies to advanced movements and beginner tumbling skills. Babies who are 14- to 22-months-old will kick balls, walk up stairs and ride tricycles at the one-hour "Waddlers" program.
Yoga-Baby and Me
Truxtun Park Recreation Center
273 Hilltop Lane
Annapolis MD 21403
My Gym Children's Fitness Center
302 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, Md. 21401
Infant Swimming Resource
Teach your infant how to swim at the Infant Swimming Resource program available at the Naval Academy. The brainchild of Dr. Harvey Barnett, who was inspired to begin the program after a child neighbor drowned, Infant Swimming Resource teaches infants as young as 6 months old how to rescue themselves in the water. With parents by their side, infants will learn how to float on their backs without any help and hold their breath underwater. The 10-minute classes are taught by certified instructors on weekdays for about four to six weeks.
Infant Swimming Resource prides itself on teaching more than 7 million lessons to infants and toddlers. It has documented 788 cases of children who have used the program's skills to prevent drownings.
Infant Swimming Resource
U.S. Naval Academy
121 Blake Rd.
Annapolis, Md. 21402
Article Written By Katie Arcieri
Katie Arcieri has been writing news stories for a decade. She started out as an intern with "The Baltimore Sun" and later cut her teeth as a daily reporter at "The Capital," a 50,000 circulation newspaper in Annapolis, Md. Her stories are regularly picked up by the Associated Press.