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The Mommy Center is your home for all things motherhood. We offer support, schooling, socialization and self-development for all moms. This is a warm and nurturing place where we help you be the mom that YOU want to be. Every mom is accepted without judgement and can feel safe to share all her feelings and experiences while making long-lasting friendships. We offer a variety of services including Mommy and Me Classes, Positive Parenting Classes, Chat’ N Play Classes, Speech and Language BOOST Workshops, Sleep Consulting, Playdates, Moms’ Night Outs, Parents’ Nights, Moms’ Retreats and more.

As Featured in Parenting OC Magazine & Voyage LA Magazine

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"Cristina Gamarnik is the owner of the Mommy Center and is amazing! She is so welcoming and inviting. She wants all moms to know we are here for them through this community. She has built a great environment for moms to connect and relate to one another. Having a baby is such a life changing event that having a safe, caring, open place to relate with other moms is so refreshing and needed! I'm so grateful that I found the Mommy Center during my maternity leave to be able to attend this session. It is 100% worth the investment for yourself and your little one. She also offers sessions for working moms that has a Saturday weekly meeting day! If you're on the fence about this class, don't be! You'll create memories to last a lifetime and it's a great bonding experience for you and your little one."

Gaby V.

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What Our Mamas Are Saying

  •   It takes a village and this is where I found mine!! I can't say enough good things about the Mommy and Mini Me 0-3mo class!! I learned SO much, but most of all, I found a community of moms to go through motherhood with. The Mommy Center gave us all a safe space to talk about anything and everything, judgment free (which, let's be honest, that's hard to find in OC!!). The moms in my group have all different parenting styles that are all respected, I never once felt pressured into parenting any certain way. I will forever be grateful to Cristina and The Mommy Center for giving me the resources and tools to help me decide what's best for me and my baby and for helping me find my tribe. I don't think there's a day that goes by that we don't all check in with each other on our group text, if not grabbing lunch, going on a walk, or just getting the babies together!

    Worried about the cost?? I was too, but knowing what I know now I would have paid double that!! The expert speakers and knowledge you'll gain is amazing, and the community you'll meet during this time in your life is priceless! (Also follow the IG page for discount offers!).

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      I can't say enough great things about my experience with The Mommy Center! Joining The Mommy Center was the best thing I've done as a new parent. The education the classes provides gives you the confidence in the choices you make for your baby. The owner, Cristina, is so welcoming and provides such a safe place to share your experiences as a mom. Every week there is a new speaker discussing things from marriage after baby, to music class, to sleep; which is truly so helpful to hear from knowledgable people on how to do certain things and even how to troubleshoot some of the issues you may be having. I looked forward to class every week and came back home feeling refreshed and ready for the next week ahead!!

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  •   I took the 3-6 month 10 week class with my son, it was amazing. Cristina does an excellent job curating speakers and creating a helpful community in each class. I learned so much and made so many new friends. The environment is welcoming. When I moved to Orange County pregnant with my second from out of state a few months ago I was so worried about how I would Connect with other moms and this is the answer. Thank you! I wish all moms had this opportunity!

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      I signed up for the Chat n Play class for my son. I wanted additional support in helping my little guy develop language and play ideas for home. I got a plethora on information that really had helped and I felt heard by Cristina. I highly recommend this class. I'm sad that the center is a little far for me as I really enjoyed taking the chat n play class at pretend city. It was a great investment in George's language development.

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  •   10 weeks down holy moly!

    What can't I say about mommy center and how it's changed my life? I was so nervous about driving 45 minutes each way with a ( at the time) 2 week old. Omg so worth it!! So many new moms say that motherhood can be so lonely, scary and hard to navigate. Having weekly informational classes AND a tribe of AMAZING new mothers to navigate this all with is just simply priceless.
    * I learned things like, safe sleep, infant CPR, postpartum pelvic floor therapy, lactation tips, marriage counseling and how to communicate after baby, the list goes on and on.
    * Personally the best thing overall was this tribe of women! (Swipe to see all their beautiful faces and babies) when we had a win, we would text it! Having a hard day and just want to vent? Text the group chat. It's no secret that early motherhood is difficult. I cannot even fathom where I'd be without the help and support of these women.
    * 0-3 month class   time to spend the next 10 weeks in the 3-6 month class. Can't wait to continue this journey.

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      100% recommend this class to all mamas!! I did the 0-3 month newborn class. I learned so much invaluable information from the speakers and the other moms. I have made lasting friendships with a group of empowering moms and their littles. We have already started fun traditions, walking dates, and lunches together. I am so grateful to have the support of this community! I can't wait to take the 3-6 month class!! Can't imagine starting motherhood any other way!!

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  •   We love The Mommy Center! I've struggled to find great mommy and me activities and the weekly Chat n' Play classes through the Mommy Center are so perfect for me and my 2 year old! The classes are a great opportunity for him to socialize with other toddlers his age and get practice for skills he'll use in preschool. The classes each week focus on a theme - with songs, books, puzzles, arts and crafts, sensory activities, etc. all based on the theme. I really appreciate Cristina's dedication and work to make every week new and interesting! Her passion for kids and teaching is awesome! It's also a wonderful place to meet other moms with kids the same age! We're so happy to be part of The Mommy Center family!

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      My baby girl and I took the Mommy and Me senior class and really enjoyed it! Cristina has put together a wonderful team of educators, and even as a second time Mom, I learned a lot. It was absolutely precious to watch the babies play together and so wonderful after being stuck at home with Covid isolation for so long. My favorite class was when the music teacher came and taught a music together class. My baby just loved it! I also love that Cristina puts together so many social activities for other Moms so even if there isn't a class you can take, there is ample opportunity for meeting other Moms. We will miss having a weekly class, and it was a wonderful built-in baby play date opportunity for us!

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Our Mommy and Me Classes

Newborn Class at The Mommy Center

Mommy & Mini-Me
(Newborn Class 0-3 months)

Join a group of new mommies who are tired, confused, excited, terrified, exhausted and just soooooo overwhelmed with this new thing called MOTHERHOOD. Learn all about the stages on your infant from experts in the field. Connect with other moms and find your mommy tribe to get you through this incredible and challenging time.

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Mommy & Me
(Infant Class 3-6 months)

Classes are designed to give you deeper understanding of your baby’s development, speech/language and motor milestones, as well as give yo tools to manage the difficult days of #momlife.  Topics include sign language, baby massage, sensory activities, music class, infant CPR and more.  

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Speech & Language Boost Workshop (Best for parents of 1-2 year olds)

Learn all about speech and language developmental milestones and what you can do to boost your child language skills. Get activity ideas from a certified Speech and Language Pathologist while having fun. You will learn effective methods and proven strategies to promote speech and language development as you interact with your child at home and during everyday activities. 

Positive Parenting Classes at The Mommy Center

Positive Parenting Class
(Best for parents of 1-5 year olds)

If you feel like every day is a battle between you and your little one, then this class is for you. Learn how to win the toddler parenting stage with helpful and proven techniques. End the power struggles and starts feeling confident in your parenting game. 

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Mommies Round 2 (For moms with 2+ children)

Join other moms who are learning how to adjust to mom life of two. Learn how to support your new baby while still being a great parent to your first child. Suggestions and tips are provided so you can feel confident as a mom of multiples. 

Chat N' Play Classes The Mommy Center Orange County

Chat N’ Play – Language/Pre k Prep (For moms and toddlers ages 18-36 months)

Is your little one ready to join a fun, interactive, and educational group created by a certified and licensed speech and language pathologist and preschool teacher? This program offers a weekly 60 minute class for toddlers while mommies get to have a break and chat. Classes are designed to stimulate speech and language development, fine motor development and boost preschool readiness skills through play and fun activities. 

You’re a bad mom! Let’s stop judging and comparing - You are the BEST MOM

It’s hard being a mom. But in today’s society it’s even harder with all the judgement and opinions that people have. It’s almost impossible to do something right.

You formula feed? Oh my god! Why would you do that? How dare you breastfeed in public? This is unacceptable. What, you stay home? How convenient you just get to sit at home and watch your baby while your husband works. Your baby is in daycare? Why would you leave you baby and go to work? Why did you even have a baby then?

You just can’t do it right. Moms are scrutinized for all their parenting decisions: Moms who co-sleep, moms who sleep train.  Moms who vaccinate and those who don’t. Moms who home school and moms who have kids in public school. Moms who rock their babies and moms who wear their babies.

It seems like nowadays moms are judged for every decision they make. Starting with pregnancy, women are told that they eat too much/too little, they exercise too much/ not enough, they drink too much coffee, have too much fish, don’t eat enough vegetables, or eat too much ice cream. Our choices are our choices. But for some reason, people think they need to have an opinion and need to share that opinion with us.

Whether it is you choosing to get an epidural or go natural, there will be plenty of people who will criticize your decision.

One of the biggest challenges women face are related to feeding their babies. Moms who aren’t breastfeeding are shamed for using formula. People just assume that the mom chose to formula feed instead of breastfeeding, which is often not the case. Doctors, media and society in general supports breastfeeding as “breast is best”. How about all the moms who are not able to breastfeed? On top of having a medical reason not being able to breastfeed, they have to feel the shame and guilt of not feeding their baby “the best” although they would like to. Other moms choose not to breastfeed because it just isn’t for them. And that is ok. It is their choice to make. Often times however, pumping and feeding your baby are much harder and really time consuming. It is not easier. Just like formula feeding is not faster and easier. It takes much more time to prepare all the items needed, fill the bottles, feed the baby, wash the parts and the bottles and repeat. Breastfeeding on the other hand takes half the time. People tend to jump to the worst conclusions but there is usually an important reason for the choice that moms make.

Now moms that do choose to breastfeed and are successful are shamed and judged for doing that in public. They are asked to feed their baby in bathrooms. Would you like to have your sushi or steak on the toilet? I wouldn’t. Since when is providing your child with nutrition unacceptable? It’s sad that a “normalize breastfeeding” movement even exists considering that breastfeeding is one of the most basic, natural and biological ways to nourish your child whether it is at home or in public. And even though the breastfeeding journey can be painful and challenging, it’s a miracle to be able to feed your baby whether it is through pumping/bottle-feeding or breastfeeding. There is nothing inappropriate about a baby nursing. It is not unreasonable to feed your baby at the park or restaurant. Of course there are nursing covers that moms can use but what if you forgot it? Now you need to go to the bathroom? No, there shouldn’t be a reason not to feed your baby discretely next to everyone else.

Us mamas are already sleep deprived, stressed, scared, worried, overworked, overwhelmed, hormonal, healing and the last thing we need is to be judged. Passive aggressive comments, unsolicited advise, and name calling has become part of motherhood. It’s sad that in today’s society, instead of being lifted up and praised for the good work we are doing, we are usually offered suggestions on how to be better or tips on what we should do instead.

You are enough and you don’t need anyone to tell you that. Even though it’s totally normal to get stuck in the comparison trap, you can do better. Just take a moment each day to take a break, pat yourself on the shoulder and remind yourself that you are doing the best you can and that you are GOOD ENOUGH.

As a society, we need to think about this and realize that we are all in this together. We are all doing our best and raising children who will be working together, become friends, have relations and have kids of their own some day. We need to strive to be better about setting appropriate standards and truly supporting each other and respecting each other’s decisions. Motherhood is not a competition and there is no “one way”. As long as the child is safe, every mom is doing the best she can. She does what she believes is best for her and her family. We need to accept that. Being a mom is a very difficult job and we don’t need to make it even harder. So next time you see a mama, tell her what a good job she is doing!

Join us at The Mommy Center to find your tribe of mothers who will support you, encourage you and celebrate YOU!

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