Parenting at its Best
Welcome to BabyAttuned!
BabyAttuned began in 2003 as a wellness program
for the healthy social emotional development of babies and their families. Over the past ten years BabyAttuned
Mom/Dad and Baby discussion groups have been offered at the Pump Station, Birth and Beyond, HomeBoys’
Baby and Me, the Giggle store in Pasadena, the UCLA Family Commons, and in private Santa Monica homes. In 2011, BabyAttuned
Mom/Dad and Baby Groups, and BabyAttuned Parent Education and Infant Massage Instruction classes
were one of the top ten finalists in Red Tricycle’s Totally Awesome Awards for local favorites online survey in Los
primary aims are to promote health, happiness, and community for young families by
promoting optimal child and parent development and mental health;
supporting healthy feeding, sleep, and activity habits;
reducing parental stress and encouraging healthy coping strategies;
each child’s developmental progress, providing learning activities for each age, referring to early intervention resources
if needed; and,
5) providing a forum for parents
to ask questions, obtain guidance, express concerns, exchange ideas, and develop friendships and a sense of community.
BabyAttuned Mom/Dad and
Baby Discussion groups address the joys and challenges of parenting, with nonjudgmental guidance around all
aspects of baby care and development, including establishing healthy feeding, sleep, activity, and interactive play routines;
monitoring each baby’s developmental progress; encouraging reflective and sensitive parenting and awareness of parents’
stress and coping strategies; and promoting camaraderie, friendships, and a sense of community. These classes
are distinct from other mommy and me groups in their focus on discussion of parents’ individual questions and concerns,
and offering of research based child development education. Classes may also include infant massage instruction, mindful meditation
for mom/dad, age-appropriate songs and interactive play and learning activities.
The curriculum is developed and facilitated by Eileen Escarce, PhD, MA,
MSN, a licensed clinical developmental psychologist, certified infant mental health specialist, certified infant massage instructor
(CIMI), and experienced pediatric nurse practitioner. Dr. Escarce currently works part-time as a mental health consultant
for Family Services of Santa Monica, serving children in the Growing Place Infant and Child Care Centers. She
also maintains a private practice in Brentwood providing assessment, consultation, and therapy for children and families.
Mom/Dad and Baby Discussion Groups (8 weeks): Includes a developmental topic for discussion
each week, songs, interactive play, and mindful meditation practice for mom and/or dad. Includes a developmental record
and age-appropriate learning activity sheet
Minimum 6/Maximum 12, no drop-ins.
ages newborn to 3 months— Weekly discussions address the concerns of the new mother with nonjudgmental support, and
research based guidance on understanding early infancy, feeding, sleep, and development.
b. Babies ages 4-8 months—Weekly discussions address
establishing healthy feeding and sleep routines, developmental play, and mothers’ individual questions.
c. Babies ages 9-12 months—Weekly
discussions address the developing, increasingly mobile and communicating baby. Baby signing is taught and practiced weekly.
d. Toddlers 12-24 months—Interactive
play is mixed with discussion of developmental concerns and questions. Strategies for encouraging language development, handling
challenging behaviors, and emotion coaching are presented.
BabyAttuned Infant Massage Class (4 weeks)—Newborn to 7 months . Group
instruction in gentle Loving TouchR massage. Infant massage creates a loving,
intimate communication which enhances bonding, helps both baby and parent relax, reduces gas and colic, decreases irritability,
regulates behavior and promotes sleep. Includes a step-by-step manual for a nominal fee. Oil can be purchased
by parent or on site. Minimum 6/Maximum 20 per session. Drop-ins welcome.
BabyAttuned New Paths Discussion Groups (6 weeks)—A
discussion group for parents of infants with special needs or lifelong disabilities. The goal is to address the grief and
hope that every family member of a child with special needs faces, to encourage healthy coping, acknowledge the needs of each
family member, and develop community support for all. Curriculum is adapted from T. Berry Brazelton MD’s Touchpoints
Model for Special Needs families by the Lanterman Regional Center. (This group is for parents only.) Minimum 6/Maximum 12.
BabyAttuned offers parents several opportunities to learn about,
monitor, and record their infant's development from the prenatal period through the preschool years:
class: "Observing and Understanding My Newborn's Behavior, and Planning a Gentle Approach to Sleep and Crying Issues"
Newborn behavioral observation with parent(s)
Fussy Baby Consultation
Mom and Baby support
and education groups
Infant massage instruction
High quality parent-completed developmental records
for your baby book
Guided parent-child interaction therapy
Gifted Testing www.giftedtest.com
Pediatric office, childcare, and preschool consults