Mamatoto is a place for new moms and babies to gain friends, information, advice and support.
Groups are formed every few months and meet weekly.
Mamatoto volunteers help the group get started and attend the first two meetings. After that, the group becomes self directed, with support available as needed.
Mamatoto is a Swahili word that describes the mother-baby unit, both during and after pregnancy. It was chosen as the group's name to highlight our emphasis on nurturing and strengthening the mother-baby bond, encouraging closeness and connection over separateness and independence.
Mamatoto is a support group for those who believe and practice attachment parenting style.
Attachment parenting puts the focus on connection, respect for the child and trust in parental instincts. The Baby Book by William & Martha Sears offers the following 7 Baby B's of attachment parenting as a summary of the common practices of attachment parenting:
- Birth bonding
- Belief in the signal value of your babies cries
- Baby wearing
- Bedding close to baby
- Balance & boundaries
- Beware of baby trainers
These practices are implemented in varying ways and to varying degrees, potential members may want to read the first chapter of The Baby Book to help determine if Mamatoto's philosophy suits theirs.
All-Age Group -NEW!
Bring your babies, toddlers or school-aged children to an afternoon at the park and meet other families who share an interest in Attachment Parenting. This group meets weekly. Go to our "All-Age Mamatoto Group" page for days, times, and locations.You may also contact our New Member Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions.