Considering bringing one month old to certification

Rachel Lonetti said: Jan 4, 2017
Sillwater, MN
1 posts

Hi suzuki teachers!

I discovered that there is a suzuki certification program this summer one month after I am due. I’ve been waiting to find this book certification in my area for a couple of years, and am wondering if it’s at all possible to bring my one month old during some days of the certification? If not, I will probably be able to coordinate childcare between my husband, parents, etc. I would just hate to be away from my new kiddo for almost a full week at that young of an age! Any thoughts?

Rachel Lonetti

Wendy Caron Zohar said: Jan 4, 2017
Wendy Caron Zohar
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
100 posts

Hi Rachel, I’ve not yet seen a newborn brought to a unit course. However, I can’t see why it would be a problem. In fact, it would be an inspiration to any other young women in the class who will experience that it is possible to keep momentum in one’s studio while in the active stage of family building. It also builds compassion and understanding for the guys in the class, what responsibilities women juggle as a normal part of life. It might be a good idea to get permission to bring a helper with you, for those moments when your baby needs extra attention but you need to stay in the classroom. There are also times when you might be asked to explore some pedagogic skill at the keyboard and you’ll need your hands free (unless you can swing your little one onto your back in a cozy body sling). I’ve seen other new mothers do exactly this, when they are teaching classes! I’ve even known of new mothers carrying their babies discreetly (sling-type) while giving lectures to university classes. The nursing was timed to be done before the class !!, diaper changed, and the baby would sleep peacefully throughout the lecture. Something to see! and something to think about.
Go for it! Enjoy the upcoming birth, and the unit course.

Wendy Caron Zohar

If we work hard, music may save the world.—S. Suzuki

Elizabeth Stoltzfus said: Jan 5, 2017
 Cello, Viola, Violin
Lancaster, PA
8 posts

Hi Rachel,

I didn’t bring my own newborn to training, however one of my fellow teacher trainees brought her baby to the book 1 training a few years back. I think he was 3 months old, but I don’t see why it would be a problem. She did have her sister along to help out with the baby when he got fussy and needed to go for a walk.

In addition, many Suzuki parents bring babies and younger siblings along. In my own teaching, I’ve had mothers breastfeeding during classes and lessons and both parents changing diapers, feeding bottles, etc.

I’d so go for it! :)

Lori Bolt said: Jan 5, 2017
Lori BoltPiano
San Clemente, CA
262 posts

I think it can be done as long as you aren’t overly distracted by your baby, and the Teacher Trainer is ok with it. Contact the Trainer ahead of the course, and definitely bring a helper. Be as organized as possible too :)
Congratulations on your baby!

Lori Bolt

Friederike said: Jan 5, 2017
Friederike Lehrbass
Suzuki Association Member
Plano, TX
87 posts

I brought my then 8 month old to a class. I didn’t have a constant helper. But a friend and my husband helped out a little bit. It should be much easier with a newborn. So I would encourage you to do it. Just make sure you bring sling . You plan to breastfeed?best thing I ever done ,also easy to comfort and quiet baby. I have bf baby in sling and no one noticed it. Congratulations to your pregnancy.

Praise the Lord with the stringed instrument

Liz Biswas said: Jan 17, 2017
Liz Biswas
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Viola
Waterloo, ON
4 posts

I have done a number of courses with babies and toddlers in toe, however have been very fortunate that the institute I frequent has on-site daycare and so they were not in class with me. My husband has also been on hand to be with the children except when I was nursing them. I will admit it is the most drained I have been in my entire life and many days ended in tears when I attempted to do unit training with babies under a year old.
I did take my 6 week old to the Minneapolis concert and that was quite successful thanks to my amazing colleagues who were with me at the time and the fact that she was a really low key baby. My oldest that would not have been possible because she spent most of her first 4 months screaming. If it is possible to register late I would really consider waiting until you have the baby—especially if it is your first. Get to know the baby a little bit before figuring out if you can take a course.

Kristiina said: Jan 23, 2017
 14 posts

Just remember that not all newborn are tranquill and generally happy. Would never have even dreamed of bringing my daughter to any venue, as she had colitis and reflux. So lets hope for the best :)

Meret said: Jan 23, 2017
Meret BitticksTeacher Trainer
Institute Director
Suzuki Association Member
Evanston, IL
9 posts

First time mother of a two month old here! While I think you’ll find everyone involved will be very sympathetic to your plight, I would see if you can arrange to have someone come with to run interference with your baby. No, you do not want to be away from your 1 month old, it’s too soon. Two other things to consider… I really didn’t feel ready to travel with my son at the one month mark. To date, the furthest we’ve gone was to my mom’s house, 90 minutes away. Also, depending on what goes down in the labor process, you’ll likely still be recovering at the one month mark (I wasn’t allowed to drive for 3 weeks because of my stitches.) Add in a lot of sleepless nights and you might want to find training a little later in the season. Good luck!

MaryLou Roberts said: Jan 23, 2017
MaryLou RobertsTeacher Trainer
Institute Director
Suzuki Association Member
Ann Arbor, MI
303 posts

I took a course when my son was 3 months old, it was in town at my own Institute. The understanding of the teacher trainer and having a helper is necessary so you can focus on the course. You will also need to stay rested if you are nursing, and eat really well, so line up meals and evenings free. With support it could work.

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