Playgroups for babies new born to 3 years old who's parents interested in RIE and Pikler approaches to parenting aka "mindful parenting". Meetups will happen from time to time to allow our infants and toddlers to play together and allow parents to learn more and discuss the joys and struggles of parenting peacefully. The playgroup is inspired by RIE https://www.rie.org/educaring/ries-basic-principles/ and Pikler approaches. (Please read to see if this is for you). A Rie/Pikler inspired group differs from many traditional playgroups in several important ways. 1. The adults will spend a large part of the session quietly observing their infant. After this observation time is when we can chat. Sensitive Observation of our infant is an art and takes practice, much like mindful meditation. It is a discipline and would require some "quieting of the mind" and "slowing down". The benefits are huge and I am happy to support in this area. 2. We will allow our infants to explore each other. This may mean some infants touch and even crawl over the other. In my years working in playgroups, I have rarely seen an infant hurt another, and it comes down to waiting and trusting. 3. There will be no "activities, exercises or crafts" as such. Instead we will delight in the innate abilities of where our babies are at right now. Our infants will freely explore themselves, the others, the objects and their environment. Rie/Pikler advocates allowing children's natural unfolding of their development. An example of this is keeping objects within reach, and not handing things to the baby. We won't need to show our babies how to use things, and objects will reflect our trust in their ability to be creative. Objects will be open ended, safe, different textures, simple and not battery operated. 4. Not assisting babies into positions they can't get into and out of by themselves. This is a rather unique principal that is new for many parents. Thus I understand many babies will already have been propped to sit and held to walk. So, this principal is purely up to the individual parents and won't affect the play group if it is not adhered to. I can share more about it if interested. The starting position for babies will ideally be on their backs. They then freely move to any position they choose.