Where dads-to-be learn from other dads

NBC’s TODAY show featured our New Dad Boot Camps in a March 2013 broadcast.

Being engaged from pregnancy through the diaper years sets the foundation for a man to be an involved, active father for life.

New Dad Boot Camps offer expectant and new dads a frank discussion along with practical advice and hands-on training in essential parenting duties, such as:

  • Holding, feeding and burping baby
  • Changing and bathing baby
  • Comforting your crying baby and swaddling

These workshops, facilitated by a nationally certified trainer (and City Dads Group member), connect experienced dads (and their babies) with newbies to talk about the opportunities and rewards of caring for our children. We also discuss:

  • Developing a parenting partnership
  • Being supportive of mom
  • Creating a baby-safe environment
  • Bonding with your baby
  • Managing relatives
  • Balancing work and parenting

NOTE: We only run Boot Camps in New York City at present. Workshops using the same training partner organization are available elsewhere through Boot Camp for New Dads.

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These one-time, 3-hour workshops run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (unless noted):

Date Location Sign Up
SUN 9.20.15 Upper East Side @ 92nd Street Y Register
SUN 9.27.15 Upper West Side @ City Births Register
SUN 9.27.15 Tribeca @ Pregnancy and Parenting Register
SUN 10.25.15 Upper West Side @ City Births Register
SUN 10.25.15 Upper East Side @ 92nd Street Y Register
SUN 10.25.15 Tribeca @ Pregnancy and Parenting Register
SAT 11.21.15 Upper West Side @ City Births Register
SUN 11.22.15 Tribeca @ Pregnancy and Parenting Register
SUN 12.13.15 Upper East Side @ 92nd Street Y Register
SUN 12.20.15 Upper West Side @ City Births Register


Boot Camp for New Dads is a nationally acclaimed program that has reached over 300,000 dads over the last 20 years. Boot Camp is validated by research and has been named a best practice by many organizations that consider it an exceptional means of supporting dads-to-be.

City Births provides childbirth preparation, newborn care and breastfeeding, and infant CPR and safety training. We believe in providing the best possible support and birth experience for couples, from the start of pregnancy through delivery. We encourage parents to be well prepared for labor and birth, as well as life with a newborn. Our objective is to enable parents to be fully informed of their choices in labor and birth as well as the care of their newborn.

Pregnancy and Parenting is an independent pregnancy, childbirth and parenting education center. They offer a variety of classes to help parents through a healthy, happy pregnancy and delivery, and then to guide your transition into parenting.

The 92nd Street Y Parenting Center, part of the Wonderplay™ Program for early childhood education, is the all-inclusive program for New York families. Help us celebrate the 25th anniversary of our groundbreaking Parenting Center by taking advantage of classes for infants, toddlers, their parents and other caregivers. We also offer workshops for expecting and adopting families.

The Hudson River Park Mothers Group | HRP Mamas is a social and support network for mothers who reside in Lower Manhattan. Established in 2004, HRP Mamas brings mothers together online and in person, through vibrant message boards, in person mother circles and support groups, volunteer led playgroups, and educational events for the entire family.

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