Kids with big eyes, mommies with round tummies and dads with giant smiles.

They’re all part of the scene at the siblings classes hosted by Spectrum Health Healthier Communities.

The aged-based classes, tailored to children ages 3-5 and ages 6-9, provide hands-on learning and kid-friendly information about what to expect, as well as offering plenty of time for kids to interact with the teacher while parents watch the activity.

A recent class for 3- to 5-year-old children, led by Bonnie Bratt, RN, gave kids a chance to practice holding a baby doll and changing a diaper, while also providing instruction on choosing safe toys and helping mom and dad interpret baby’s cry.

Bratt elicited plenty of spontaneous responses from the kids on key topics:

  • How a baby grows in mom’s tummy: “Mom can’t carry me anymore because my tummy will squish the baby.”
  • How a baby moves in mom’s tummy: “Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle.”
  • Planning for when mom goes to the hospital for the delivery: “Our granny is coming over.”
  • Why some babies are delivered through a special opening, while others need to come straight from the tummy (via C-section): “That’s what happened to me!”
  • Tips for baby-proofing: “My baby can’t play with trucks because babies chew on stuff.”
  • Being a big brother or big sister: “I’m growed up now, but I have some pictures of when I was a baby.”

The teachers, all registered nurses who are certified child birth educators, take turns teaching a variety of childbirth and parenting classes.

For Bratt, whose own children are grown, the siblings class is her favorite.

“It’s interesting to interact with the little kids,” she said. “I’m excited for the families to be having babies.”