Did you just have or adopt a baby? Congratulations! Baby books and family members are helpful in early parenting moments, but there are several other programs and resources you can depend on in these critical first weeks and months. Here’s a list of local resources for you and your new little one.

La Leche League offers breastfeeding help and lactation support to women. The group meets at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month. 307 S. 12th Ave., Suite 11, Yakima. For more information visit llli.org.

Baby Lapsit is a long-standing program offered by Yakima Valley Libraries to provide stories and songs meant just for babies. Call 509-698-7245 for more details, or visit yvl.org.


Swimming for you and your little ones

Parents and infants as young as 6 months can start building those swimming skills at several Yakima locations:

Yakima Athletic Club

Pre- and postnatal water aerobics.

2501 Racquet Lane, Yakima



Yakima Family YMCA

Lessons for ages 6 months and older.

5 N. Naches Ave., Yakima



Lions Pool

Lessons for ages 6 months and older.

509 W. Pine St., Yakima




Yakima Valley Memorial

Hospital offers baby classes and resources for mothers and fathers-to-be with its Childbirth Education classes throughout the year. Some highlighted classes are listed here, and be sure to check Memorial’s website, yvmh.org, for more information.

ABC (After the baby comes) Program. 12-3 p.m. daily, including free lactation consultations and other help during the baby’s first two weeks of life. Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, 2811 Tieton Drive, Yakima.

The following classes are all located at Memorial’s Community Education Center, 2506 W. Nob Hill Blvd., Yakima; contact 509-248-7322 for more information.

• Baby Basics. Learn about diapering, bathing, feeding, baby cues and other basics. Cost: $20 for class, or part of the $75 series of classes.

• Boot Camp for New Dads.

Veteran dads teach rookies about the realities of parenthood. Cost: $20 for class, or part of the $75 series of classes.