Our readers are opinionated when it comes toclasses and care for their little ones—it’s aparent’s prerogative to be picky, right? Here,local parents’ picks for finding caregivers forthe short and long term, teaching your little one essentiallife and social skills, and getting some much-neededshut-eye. (These resources originally appeared in theFebruary issues of CollinChild, DallasChild, FortWorthChildand NorthTexasChild magazines.)
Best Child CareCenters for Infants
Collin and Denton Counties // Primrose Schools
At Primrose Schools, low infantteacherratios, developmentallyappropriate play spaces and anopen-door policy that lets parentscheck on their little ones anytimeall work to ensure that tots asyoung as 6 weeks are safe—andthat Mom and Dad are at ease.The Balanced Learning approachcombines everything from storytime to sign language to makesure kiddos are physically, emotionally,socially and academicallyprepared for preschool.
Tarrant County // Bright Horizons
Bright Horizons ticks thoseall-important boxes for safety,
security and cleanliness: Cleanlinessstandards exceedthose required by thestate, all staff membersare CPR-certified, andthere’s an open-doorpolicy that lets you
check in on your littleone. Plus, extras like finger painting, bubble blowing andoutdoor playtime make it a funplace for babies as young as 6weeks to learn and develop.Bright Horizons offers a Montessorior traditional curriculum,depending on location.
201 Jones St., Fort Worth,817/334-0036 // 1709 N. EnderlyPlace, Fort Worth, 817/927-6249;
Find a sitter for tonight or thatconcert next month on Care.com’s babysitter matching service.After signing up for a freemembership, post a job and thensee candidates’ profiles, ratings,reviews and certificationsand request a backgroundcheck. Paymentand tips arehandled through
the app so younever have toremember to stopby the ATM on your way home.
Dallas-Fort Worth area;care.com
Best Parent &Baby Class
The Little Gym
Meet other parents, teach yourinfant new skills and have a bitof fun at one of The Little Gym’sparent-child classes. Classes areoffered for ages 4 months to 3years and are divided by age tomake sure your kiddo ismixing with others at thesame developmental level.In each 45-minute session,your baby builds musclesand social awarenessthrough developmentalgymnastics—little ones
wiggle on mats, push barrelsand pull themselves upon padded beams. Monthlypricing starts at $96 forone class per week.
Best InfantSwim Classes
Denton County // Aqua-Tots Swim Schools
First-time swimmers atAqua-Tots Swim Schoolsbegin in the Tadpoles class,a 30-minute parent-childclass for ages 4 months–1year. Little fishies learnnatural breath control andback floats while parentslearn how to properly holdbabies in the water. Monthlypricing begins at $84 forone lesson per week.
777 S. MacArthur Blvd., Suite409, Coppell, 972/793-7992 //6060 Long Prairie Road, Suite100, Flower Mound, 214/396-7900;aqua-tots.com
Collin, Dallas and Tarrant Counties // Emler Swim School
You and baby take the plungetogether at Emler Swim School, a perennial parent favorite withindoor saltwater pools kept at abalmy 90 degrees and—most important—a focus on safety. Startthings off with a free 30-minuteBathtime Babies class that familiarizes2- to 6-month-olds
with the feeling of beingin the water. Then transitioninto the semesterlongWaterbabiescourse, where your little one learns breath controland floating techniques.
Collin, Denton and Tarrant Counties // Newborn Nightingales
If your little one isn’t sleepingthrough the night,the 25 registerednurses fromNewbornNightingalesare here to
save yoursanity. Choosean in-home,phone or email
consultation,and a nurse will assessyour family’s situation andprovide a sleep plan anddaily schedule for your babyplus help you troubleshootproblem areas like swaddling,breastfeeding andtummy issues. If you have
any follow-up questions,Newborn Nightingalesprovides free email supportfor six months.
Dallas-Fort Worth area;newbornnightingales.com
Dallas County // Rest to Your Nest with Mary Cantwell
Turn your baby’s sleep fromguesswork to clockworkwith the help of Restto Your Nest with MaryCantwell. The certifiedsleep consultant builds asleep plan tailored to eachfamily and baby. After atwo-hour in-home consultation(which can also bedone by phone or Skype),
Cantwell emails a sleepplan for you to follow—withthe help of email and phone check-ins. Packagesstart at $465 with an in-homeconsultation and at $365for a remote consultation.
Dallas-Fort Worth area,972/638-9974;resttoyournest.com