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Moms who have more than one child when a new baby comes along often find it difficult to find time to just be with the infant and establish the Mommy and me relationship. Older children keep Mom busy with their needs, and infants or toddlers don't have the opportunity to be alone with Mom.

Sarasota has a wealth of opportunities that provide fun activities for moms to be together with their baby or toddler, and to meet other moms along with bonding time with an infant or toddler. Community organizations in Sarasota provide a great selection of venues for Mommy and Me activities and most are free of charge. Moms can choose from exercise groups, discussion groups, educational groups that provide early education for babies and toddlers, and specialty activities at museums.

*Sarasota Memorial Hospital offers a Mommy-N-Baby Get Together on Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. for moms with babies 0-6 months and from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. for moms with infants 6 months -1 year of age. Moms can enjoy connecting with other moms with great discussions on topics of interest. The Get Together is held on the 2nd floor of the Waldemere Medical Plaza at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. You may call 941-917-1700 for information or log on at www.babies.smh.com.

*The Gan at Temple Sinai, located at 4631 S. Lockwood Ridge Road in Sarasota offers Temple Tots every Thursday from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. for moms with children ages 3-11 months. Temple Tots is a free activity session for moms and their babies to discover wonderful things together. Creative ways to learn about your child's social, emotional, and intellectual development are offered during the hour. Temple Tots is offered in a 10-week session. You may call 941-926-9462 for registration or register by email at laura@templesinai-sarasota.org. The Temple invites all and they want you to know that you do not have to be Jewish to participate.

**The Mote Museum is offering Mommy and Me time every Tuesday and Thursday from 10-12 for ages 2-5. You may explore the museum with wading activities and collecting marine animals with dipping nets on Tuesdays. Moms and their toddlers can participate in crafts, games, songs, and stories that are centered around marine life on Thursdays. A special guided tour is also offered on Thursdays. Registration is required, and you may register by calling 941-388-4441, ext. 264.

*Mommy and Me Yoga is offered on Thursdays from 10-10:45 a.m. for moms with babies up to 2 years of age. There is a cost of $14 per class or 5 classes for $50. Rosemary Court Yoga is offering the yoga classes for moms and their babies. You may call 941-952-5280 for information.

Take time this summer for some Mommy and Me time with your infant/toddler and build important bonds with some great activities.

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