Mommy & Me: Montclair Area

BY  |  Monday, Oct 04, 2010 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

Being home with a newborn can be so isolating, a Mommy & Me group or class offers support and adult conversation–both really important when you’re a new parent. The local libraries have great free baby and toddler storytimes–check the links on our sidebar for the latest schedule.

We told you about some great places for you and your baby/toddler to hang out in the Maplewood area, now we’ve compiled a list of Mommy & Me groups in the Montclair area:

The Montclair Playgroup
Who: Moms and their kids in the Montclair area.
What: This Meetup group gets together regularly for playdates.
Where: Various locations, group member’s homes.
When: Moms meet several times a month.
Cost: $15 annual fee.

Mothering in Awareness Series
Who: Moms and their newborns,
What: An eight-week series for new moms to share stories, experiences and to discuss various topics related to your transition into motherhood. The series runs several times throughout the year.
Where: Starseed Yoga, 215 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
When: September 24 – November 12. Weekly classes.
Cost: $120 for full 8 week series / $20 pre-registered drop-in / $25 drop-in.

Time For Tots
Who: Babies/toddlers and their caregivers.
What: An informal monthly gathering. They supply age-appropriate toys & crafts, play space and refreshments.
Where: Women’s Club of Glen Ridge, 219 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ.
When: Every other Thursday beginning on September 30 from 9:30 am – 11 am.
Cost: Free. You do not have to be a member of the Women’s Club to attend.

MOPS of Montclair
Who: NJ moms of children 0 – 6-years-old.
What: MOPS offers moms the opportunity to share concerns, explore areas of creativity, and hear information on topics that equip them for the responsibilities of family and community. Religious discussion.
Where: Montclair Community Church, 143 Watchung Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07043.
Cost: Suggested donation of $10 per meeting is encouraged.

Mommy & Me
Who: Babies ages 0 – 18 months and their moms.
What: Topics will include learning about local community resources for new moms, information on breastfeeding, sleep, stages of development, sibling issues and stress management.  This is an excellent opportunity for moms to get support while meeting people in a casual and friendly environment. Led by Montclair mom, Stacey Pinilis, LCSW
Where: Congregation Shomrei Emunah, 67 Park Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
When: Mondays, beginning on October 5 from 11 am – 12 pm.
Cost: Free and open to the public.

Mommy & Me Postnatal Yoga
Who: Moms and their babies.
What: Join new mom, Ivy and her little girl, Lila for a yoga practice that will help to heal your body and mind after labor, as well as increase your bond to your little one. Asanas (postures), Pranayama (breathing) that incorporate your baby will be explored. Ayurvedic techniques will also be presented to strengthen and ground both you and your baby, as well as ayurvedic infant massage.
Where: The Karuna Shala, 855 Bloomfield Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ.
When: Fridays at 11:30 am.
Cost: Call 973.743.1211 for more details.

Mommy & Me
Who: Moms and young children.
What: Using age appropriate activities, children will learn and develop skills that will be nurtured as they go through the rest of their school years. Small class sizes and low teacher/student ratios provide individual attention in a comfortable, nurturing learning environment.
Where: Temple Ner Tamid Shoresh Pre-School, 936 Broad Street, Bloomfield, NJ.
When: Wednesdays beginning October 13.
Cost: Contact Shoresh Director for tuition rates and information by calling 973.338.1500.

Classes at The Montclair YMCA Family Center
Who: Babies/toddlers and a parent.
What: Various classes offered for babies and toddlers to take with a parent: baby and toddler yoga, bubble baby swim classes, messy art class, baby boogie movement class, and toddler tunes.
Where: The Helen and Bill Geyer Montclair YMCA Family Center, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
When: Throughout the year. Check the website for registration periods.
Cost: Prices vary from $76 – $170.

Music Together of Montclair
Who: Ages newborn – 5.
What: Music classes to enjoy as a family. Most classes are mixed ages, but they offer a great babies only class for new parents to enjoy with their new babies.
Where: The Mews, 594 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07043 and at Sharron Miller’s Performing Arts Studio, 14 South Park Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
When: Throughout the year. Check the website for registration periods.
Cost: Tuition is $195 per first child as a returning family, (which includes a $5 non-refundable registration fee ) and $200 first child tuition for families that are new to MT of Montclair. ($10 registration fee.) Siblings under eight months are free when attending with a registered child. Siblings over eight months pay a sibling fee of $150.

Music For Aardvarks
Who: Ages 6 months and up.
What: Mixed ages music classes to experience with your child.
Where: Music For Aardvarks classes are held at Fred Astaire Music Studio, 604 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ, 07043 and Montclair Shukokai Karate, 100 Grove Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
When: Throughout the year. Check here for schedule.
Cost: The 9-week session is $210 for the first child, and $79 for
each additional sibling who has had his/her 1st birthday.

The Little Gym
Who: Ages 4 months and up.
What: The Little Gym offers classes for babies ages 4 months and up with a parent or caregiver.
Where: The Little Gym of Montclair, 1 Greenwood Avenue, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
When: Throughout the year. Check class schedule here.
Cost: Call 973.744.1002 for more information.

The Montclair Mamis y Papis Bilingual Group
Spanish-speaking parents and their kids.
What: A bilingual parenting group that has organzied trips,  playdates, etc.
Where: Various locations in and around Montclair.
When: Ongoing. Check the website to join and for details.
Cost: Free.

Baby Sign Language Classes
Babies and their parents.
What: New baby sign language class offered by My Smart Hands. Sign language for babies has been shown to reduce frustration, increase confidence and accelerate verbal development.
Where: Sharon Miller Academy for the Performing Arts studios, 14 South Park Street, Montclair, NJ, 07042.
When: Mondays from March 28 – May 23 :  10:15 am – 11 am.
Cost: $185 for 8 weeks (price includes full color booklet and CD) Class size limited. Register today!

North Jersey
Who: Moms.
What: As part of The Mommies Network, is a free community for moms in Essex, Bergen, Morris, and Passaic Counties, New Jersey. offers a simple way to connect with local moms for friendship, support and fun. Members meet on private discussion forums to share information on everything from where to get the best haircut to tips on transitioning to a “big kid” bed. Each month, we also offer many face-to-face events for our members, their children and their families.
When: Ongoing.
Cost: Free.

Attached Moms
Who: Moms.
What: A new Meetup parenting group for moms who believe in the life-long benefits of Attachment Parenting, a term coined by pediatrician William Sears.
Where: Montclair area.
When: Ongoing.
Cost: Free.

Mommy & Me Yoga
Who: Moms and babies 6 weeks to crawling.
What: Yoga, stretching and community.
Where: Karuna Shala, 855 Bloomfield Avenue, 2nd floor–Suite 208, Glen Ridge, NJ
When: Fridays, 11 am – 12:15 am.
Cost: New student package–3 classes for $30.

Do you know of a group that we didn’t list? Please let us know in comments.

(Photo: Flickr/molly_darling)


  1. POSTED BY deborah  |  October 05, 2010 @ 7:07 am

    ¡Hola! I would like to add my group to the list. We are bilingual mothers who want to raise our kids speaking both, Spanish and English. This group is different from others in the sense that the parents need to speak Spanish as a native speaker or as an advanced speaker since all the communication is in Spanish.
    Among the activities we have organized are visits at the library to listen to Hispanic music, visits to the Montclair Museum for Park Bench, songs and stories, a pot luck lunch with all different foods from Latin American countries, and the making of empanadas!
    This is the link to the meet up group:

  2. POSTED BY bloomingmom  |  November 06, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

    Just thought I’d note that The Montclair Playgroup on Meetup is not free anymore. The organizers are requesting a small annual fee, I think it’s $15.

  3. POSTED BY Georgette Gilmore  |  November 06, 2010 @ 4:06 pm

    Thanks Bloomingmom! I updated the info.

  4. POSTED BY mysmarthandsmontclair  |  August 03, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    Hi Georgette,

    Thank you so much for listing baby sign language classes here. Can you please update the class schedule for me? Its now: Tuesdays, Sept. 13 – Nov. 1, 2011. Class is $145.00 (includes booklet and CD). Register at:

    Thank you!

    Laura Hoffman

  5. POSTED BY Kristin  |  September 06, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

    A friend took the Mothering in Awareness series and loved it. She also met some great parents with whom she still has play-dates/visits. I loved taking Music Together with my son when he was younger. He had a great time with maracas and bells, and I got to meet parents and sing without anyone wincing (much).

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