The Nest

Drop in for playtime or a parent group meeting. Unwind between appointments or errands. Make sure to perk up with a complimentary coffee or tea. And don’t forget to check out resources from our lending library, or try on an infant carrier. The Nest has a great play area for kids with some great children’s books. The Nest is a welcoming space for families to connect with each other and share resources about parenting in a respectful, culturally sensitive, accessible, and comfortable manner.

Our Lending Library of Parenting Books

The Good Beginnings Lending Library is full of books on all aspects of birth, pregnancy, and postpartum. The library is located at the Nest and can be accessed anytime the Nest is open. Check out what we have!

Affordable Infant Carriers

Did you know that Good Beginnings sells Reduced Cost Carriers on a sliding scale to make the purchase of a baby carrier more affordable! Plus income-eligible families who are matched with a Postpartum Angel may also qualify for The Good Beginnings Free Carrier Program, which helps families access high-quality infant carriers. Contact us to learn more or see what we have in stock. 

Groups Meeting at the Nest

Mama’s Circle

Every Wednesday from 10-noon
Mama’s Circle is a Mama-hosted, mellow, and cozy meet up for busy parents and their kiddos prenatal to preschool.

All genders are welcome. Join us for coffee, tea, and good company!

Babywearers of Central Vermont

2nd Thursdays from 9:30-11:30 AM
4th Mondays from 5:45-7:45 PM
​Meets upstairs in The Loft
​Babywearers is an educational non-profit that teaches families how to use carriers effectively and safely. The bimonthly meetings are free and open to all. They are a great way to learn about babywearing, connect with others, and support each other as parents and caregivers. Check out a variety of infant carriers and learn how to use them with the helpful knowledge of the group leaders. You can even borrow an available carrier from the lending library!

Elimination Communication

Every 3rd Thursday every month 1:00-2:00pm
​Elimination communication is a practice in which a caregiver uses timing, signals, cues, and intuition to address an infant’s need to eliminate waste. Caregivers try to recognize and respond to babies’ bodily needs and enable them to urinate and defecate in an appropriate place (e.g. a toilet).

Sounds like a good idea, right? You can find out more, share what you have learned, and gain the support of other parents using the EC technique in this monthly group.

La Leche League

3rd Thursdays from 9:30-11:30AM ​
​Get the support you need! Get your questions answered! Mother-to-mother support, encouragement and information available! The mission of La Leche League is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

Nursing Beyond a Year

3rd Fridays from 9:30-11:30AM
Are you nursing beyond a year? Join other moms to discuss the joys and challenges of an older nursling. Discussion topics include nighttime parenting, weaning, setting limits, fertility and more. Share your knowledge and help other mothers help to create a stronger breastfeeding culture!