Back in June, one of my friends had her second baby – a boy – her first was a girl born about 18 months earlier. I know – Whoa!
She and I were talking after the most recent birth and she mentioned to me a place she’d discovered a café/boutique/spa for new mommies called Maman, Bébé et Café. I; not being in the-new-mommy-thick-of-things, had never heard of such a place.
Turns out I really wished this place would have existed back when I was a new Mom (almost 12 years ago).
Maman, Bébé et Café is a place where new Mommies can go with their babies and meet up with other new Mommies and their babies to play, chat and participate in various activities. The studio offers pilates and dance classes for Mommy (with baby of course) and feature nutritious snacks from their café. They even provide Mommies on- and off-site baby-minding services which leaves time for some much needed pampering at the mini-spa.
And if that wasn’t enough, MBC also encourage local Mommie and Daddie entrepreneurs. You’ll find Sweetie Cupcakes, natural cleaning products by Creations Maja, artwork by BigBlueHug and work from local artist photographer Julian Habar. La Boutique Azurewraps is also located at the MBC studio. They specializes in cloth diapering solutions, exclusive toys (i.e. alternatives to plastic toys) as well as practical clothing and accessories. Take a look and join their Azurewraps Facebook Group.
The cold months ahead paired with having a baby or a young child at home can often leave Mommy with feelings of isolation (not to mention cabin-fever). The good news is they even have a holistic pre- and perinatal consultant onsite. Wow!
I am pleased to see that there are real support systems for new Mommies (and new Daddies) available today and that the use of the internet is helping to propel these terrific ideas further into the community.
Maman, Bébé et Café is located in N.D.G. (5814 Sherbrooke Street West – Montreal – 514.509.7494).