Baby playgroup

I cant seem to find a playgroup for babies under 1 yrs old.  I am newish to the area and with a new baby and not finding playgroups I feel hopeless to  make friends, and babyfriends.  Help Berkeley and surrounding area mama's !!?

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Hi There!

I haven't had much luck with this either. I have a 6-month-old son and I have been in the area for a while, but am the first of my friends to have a baby. Maybe we should start one!

Katie

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There are 4 that I know of:  1. The Alta Bates New Parent Support Group for 0-6 months and 6-12 month olds. I loved going when my son was under one. Once they can sit and crawl, it basically ends up being like a playgroup. Parents get to talk, and the kids play. We still hangout with many of the parents/kids we met there. 2. Epworth Church in Berkeley has baby and toddler playgroups (we go to the toddler one now and love it). It takes place at the church, but it's not affiliated with the church, so it's not in any way religious. 3. Lotus Bloom playgroups in Oakland. It's for 0-48 months. I only went once  (it was too big and busy for me...I prefer a smaller setup so I can get to know the other parents over time and make friends), but may work better for you. 4. I've heard that the Rose School in Berkeley also has a playgroup. I've never been to it myself, though, so I can't elaborate beyond this. Good luck! 

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FYI
Mommy and Me Educational Playtime
East Bay Moms Playgroup
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
10:30 AM

Creekside Community Church
951 MacArthur Boulevard
San Leandro, CA 94577

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 Have you tried meetup.com? I made some good friends through that. I have a two month old and would be happy to meet in Oakland.   

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Hi there! Check out Alameda moms 2016 Facebook group. We'd be happy to have you join! There are great get togethers.

Best of luck!

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Both Epworth Church, at the top of Hopkins, and the Berkeley JCC (near the Cheeseboard), have baby groups. Neither require any faith based belief system, and they are both wonderful. Both programs have toddler groups to grow into later as well.

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Hi momma, I found the best success using meetup.com. There is also lamorinda mommies, but I have not joined that so can't speak to it events.

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Hi,

I currently live in San Francisco but moving to north Berkeley in less than 3 weeks from now. I have a 10 months old baby girl and would love to meet Mamas & kids.

Please feel free to contact me !

Virginie

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Epworth has a play group for babies! Link below:

https://www.activityhero.com/biz/65016-epworth-children-s-programs-berke...

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Hi!
I've had a similar experience myself, but have found a couple groups via Then Comes Baby in Oakland that I like. I would love to meet some more moms and babies in area though, especially for play days and maybe to help exchange babysitting for parent date nights.
I have a soon to be 5 month old son and we live in Temescal, near Piedmont.
Please contact me if your interested in meeting up. I return to work soon so week day meetups will likely be difficult for me.

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Hi, 

I had the same situation. I live in Richmond and found libraries that have story time for infants very helpful. You can meet other parents, at same time your baby can socialize and enjoy the songs, stories and all kind of infant plays! I know the Elcerrito library has story time aswell. You should contact libraries and ask for their story time schedule!

Good luck 

Masoomeh

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I haven't been but someone recently recommended Gymboree to me for the same reason: https://www.gymboreeclasses.com/en/booker/28892/calendar/. I know some yoga studios also do mommy & baby classes. You might also join "Main Street Mamas (East Bay)" FB group to get connected.

I too am interested in any other recommendations. 

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Welcome to the Bay Area! If your baby is not yet crawling, you might try a moms' group. Lots of people love Support Group for Mothers, and their facilitator, Jennifer.

Good luck! Mama friends are important!

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Try teacher Beth's music class at the Northbrae Church on Solano and the Alameda (it's not affiliated with the church).  It's 10:15 on Wednesdays (price is about $5 per class).  Lots of babies and parents and nannys and everyone tends to meet up at the park after.  Also, library story time is a good bet.  And are you on Next door?  I keep seeing people trying to form mommy/baby groups.  Best of Luck!

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I would like to propose a Meetup with those in this thread who have LO younger than 12 months.  The weather is getting nicer and I would love for my 7 month girl to meet and make new friends.  I work PT and I am close to Piedmont Ave.  I would like to make this a regular meeting with different locations. Please email me if you are interested.  Do provide the dates and times that you'd like to meet regularly.  I will have the first meeting at the Morcom Rose Garden in Oakland. I hope to meet you soon!

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