Descriptions & Registration / June 2012

6-2-2012:      Reflexology for your Family-free demo for each family member
6-2-2012:     Vaccination Discussion, Session 2:  Supporting the Immune System 
6-9-2012:     FREE Cloth Diaper Class moved to Baby Bongos location, this month!
6-9-2012:     Healthy Toddlers: Raw food recipes & interactive demos with tastings
6-12-2012:    Family Essential Oils-leave with a homemade product  
6-13-2012:    Mama Cloth: Sew your own!
6-26-2012:    Potty Training-A Debriefing

Babies need for a baby sitter.  We have a shoes-off policy and toys for the little ones, a changing table and a potty seat.  You may bring food, too!  Treat us like home.....with an expert class running in the living room.

Reflexology for your Family: 
June 2nd, 2012

     Instructor: Michelle Clark 

                Time:  10:00am-noon
                Date:  June 2nd, 2012
                Location: Baby Bongos mini-shop
                Cost:   $12.00 per adult
                            $14.00 at door 
                            $0.00 under 18 years of age                            

                Description:   Join certified reflexologist, Michelle, to explore the dynamic benefits that this ancient practice holds for all ages.  Enjoy one hour of discussion and insights on reflexology followed by one hour of free demos for each family member according to their needs.   You may choose to have your hands for feet worked on for the demo.

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    Vaccination Discussion Session 2:  Supporting the Immune System  
    June 2, 2012
         Join Dr. Bialek-Lehrer of Inner Balance Chiropractic and Dr. Williamson, a local Naturopathic doctor for their informative talk and discussion regarding vaccinations and the immune system.  

         Facilitators: Dr. Bialek-Lehrer and Dr. Williamson

                    Time:  1:00pm-2:30pm
                    Date:  June 2nd, 2012
                    Location: Baby Bongos mini-shop
                    Cost: $12.00, $16.oo at door 

      Description:  There is much to read about and surf the web for, regarding alternative vaccination schedules and vaccination choices.  The mandates vary from state to state, as well.  There are times to vaccinate and times when you may want to wait.  The ultimate decision is between you and your child's pediatric doctor.
    Attending this discussion, one of many offered in a year long series with various doctors and various opinions, can continue your journey of parent-based research and inquiries regarding how and when to vaccinate your child or even asking if you want to vaccinate your child.  And if you choose an alternative path, what can you do to build your child's immune system and health?

    Learning to support your child's immune system, whether vaccinated or not is a very important life long skill.  Building a strong immune system early on helps the child to maintain his/her health through  childhood, adulthood and into their later years.  What we do for our children in the spring of their lives also effects them  in the winter of their lives........same with us!  There is no better time that the present to recognize how we treat our immune systems, a gift to keep us healthy, happy and strong!

    Each of the States in the US have different exemption laws, and each country on Earth has different suggested and/or mandatory vaccination schedules.  How do we know who is right?  How do we know the healthiest choices when so many schools of thought exist?  Choosing a pediatrician that you trust is the first step to educating yourself and your family.  

    Join our 2012 discussion journey as we take the time to offer sessions guided by health and wellness supporters in WNY.  You may jump in at any time.  The series repeats itself in the new year.

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    Healthy Toddlers: Raw Food Recipes and Demos with Tastings 
    June 9th, 2012

         Instructor: Aaron Fried

                    Time:  1:00am-3:00pm
                    Date:  June 9th, 2012
                    Location: Baby Bongos mini-shop
                    Cost:   $28.00 for one or both parents
                                $30.00 at door 
                                $0.00 under 18 years of age                            

                    Description:   Join Live Food enthusiast and member of the Buffalo Live Food Community, Aaron Fried,  for an afternoon for healthy and fun eats for your toddler.........not to mention for you, too!  

    Not only is Aaron a Live Food advocate, but he is also a Mathematician.  You can meet him in a video on his webstite,

    As we raise our children, we need to find healthy snacks and meals to support their growing bodies and immune systems.  Many processed, mass produces and commercial foods not only lack in true nutrition, but also carry pesticides and other unhealthy ingredients that contribute to acute or chronic childhood or adult diseases.  

    As we explore Raw Foods, also called Live Foods, with our children, we set the stage for life-long healthy eating.  To learn young is to learn forever!  Also, as we learn how to feed our children, we learn how to feed ourselves.  Parenthood is a dynamic journey for us as well as our children.

    Aaron makes 3 Raw Food recipes in this class, fit for ages 1 and up.  If your child is under one, you may feed your child the Raw Food at your discretion and save the recipe for a few months later!
    You will leave this class with a handful of Raw Food Recipes.......3 are from the class and the others are for you to try at home.   They will vary in age recommendations....we are working on that as you read this. 

    The "Live Food" link above is a great resource to explore.  Enjoy and see you class! 

    Here are some Raw Food Book Resources:

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    Essential Oils for the Family  
    June 12, 2012
         Non-toxic cleaning in your family's home.  This is the way to go, especially with little ones in the home.  They are growing and learning and eating everything on the floors and putting toys in there mouths.  Make sure what goes in is non-toxic!

         Instructor:  Justine Tutuska of Body-Mind Essentials

                    Time:  5:00pm-7:00pm
                    Date:  June 12, 2012
                    Location: Baby Bongos mini-shop
                    Cost: $26.00, $30.00 at door  

                    Description:  Learn to clean and support your family's health with essential oils.  You will walk away from class with one cleaning product of your choice.  Health and Wellness remedies will be shared and different oils sampled.  Since we will be creating a cleaning product and pouring and mixing, you may want to leave toddlers with a sitter, though this is not necessary.  Justine also teaches about oils and pregnancy.  So many benefits from plant oils!

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    Mama Cloth: Sew your own!
    June 13th, 2012

         Instructor: Christina Walsh

                    Time:  5:00pm-7:00pm
                    Date:  June 13th, 2012
                    Location: Baby Bongos mini-shop
                    Cost:   $26.00 
                                $28.00 at door                          

    Join Christina and a small group of sewers to learn how to
    create reusable cloth menstrual pads out of recycled materials.
    OPTION 1:
    Bring fabric from clothes or bedding you are no longer
    using. T-shirts and flannel sheets work great.  If you think you would
    like a water resistant barrier,  felted wool or PUL layers can be used.

    OPTION 2:
    If you would like the instructor to bring materials for you, select that
    option at registration.

    Walk away from class with at least one finished pad
    (up to three depending on sewing skills level), a multi sized pattern,
    and the skills to upcycle fabrics into comfortable, economical, earth
    conscious and body healthy menstrual pads.

    Bring the following to class:
                   Portable Sewing Machine
                   100% Poly Thread (Geuterman is a suggested brand)
                   Empty bobbin or one filled with 100% Poly
                   Washable Marker
                   Clear tape
                    CHOOSE ONE:
                    OPTION 1: Old T-shirts, flannel sheets, felted wool or PUL

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    you registered for OPTION 2, Email Christina at:
                    by June 11th 2012 .
                    Include the following information in your email:
                   1.    Name
                   2.    Phone number
    3.    Email address
                   4.    "I choose OPTION 2 and need supplies."
                  Thank you for sending your payment & sending Christina your information in advance IF you choose OPTION 2.

                   Note:  Depending on the amount and sewing skills of the moms attending, class can be from
                   2-4 hours.  Bring snacks/lunch : )  OR  you can stopat Panera Bread.  It is very close to our shop.
                   Bring your pump if need be.  Children are always welcome-you decide!  We have toys to keep them occupied.

    Potty Training-A Debriefing  
    June 26, 2012
         So many ways to potty train!  So many books to read!  So many videos to watch!  What will you do?  Bring any books or DVD's you already have.  If you are in the middle of potty training, no worries.......we have a potty seat!

         Facilitator:  Mary Jo Giufre of Baby Bongos

                    Time:  6:00pm-7:00pm and more question/discussion time until 7:30pm
                    Date:  June 26, 2012
                    Location: Baby Bongos mini-shop
                    Cost: $8.00 

                    Description:  Talk about your ideas for potty training and learn about other's successes.  Baby Bongos owner Mary Jo shares her children's potty training experiences and her home-to-daycare strategies.  We also discuss the effects of cloth vs disposable diapers, cloth vs disposable training pants, when to begin to use underwear, cloth vs disposable swimmies, potty chair vs potty seat, and overnight training.  Bring your child and attend the follow up discussion session to see how everyone's training is going!  We have a potty seat at Baby Bongos incase anyone needs to use it. 

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