by Virginia Donovan
Kids can make friends and try out new toys at the
Parent - Infant Play Group.
Virginia and Willow (r) join in the fun at the
Berkshire Family Toy Library.
| After Willow chose a toy from the
wide variety in stock, we settled our-
selves in a circle on the floor and be-
gan a very pleasant hour of socializing.
The babies interacted with each
other, passing the toys around hap-
pily while we mothers talked over our
experiences like travel, breast-feed-
ing and the difficulties of acclimating
ourselves to lives with infants.
For anyone with a baby, and par-
ticularly for a stay-at-home parent, this
group is a terrific resource. The ba-
bies can explore different types of toys
and can experience playing with sev-
eral other children in the familiar com-
pany of their own parents. They learn
to approach each other and to share.
The parents, meanwhile, can en-
joy visiting with each other in a set-
ting where talking about babies is not
merely tolerated but invited and en-
Willow and I left heartened and
reassured, fortified by Valentineís Day
cupcakes brought in by one of the
All are welcome at the Parent -
Infant Play Group meetings at the Toy
Library at 155 North Street.