Walking with Whitney

"My baby hates tummy time." - most new moms

We are fortunate to have Whitney Burke, pediatric physical therapist, mom of two, and Manhattan Birth alum, here to unpack the ins and outs of how to engage, play mindfully, and encourage wellness and healthy development of your 0-6 month old.

From Whitney: In this class, we will discuss how to read your baby's cues such as stress signs to determine their needs before crying.  We will talk about why proper positioning is important and how it can affect your baby's development, focusing on containers such as bouncy seats, swings, and strollers. Learn and practice hands on, simple tummy time tips and tricks in order to promote happy tummy time from the very beginning. We'll also talk about when to start tummy time with your newborn, how often you should encourage tummy time, and what positions are ideal to ensure successful tummy time.

“Walking with Whitney was eye-opening and transformative of my daily routine. Whitney’s expanded definition of tummy time and suggestions for modifications have already (in two days) eliminated my worries around the subject and increased my baby’s enjoyment of it. My baby, who used to cry within two minutes of being placed tummy down, now smiles at the mirror, floats happily in my arms, watches me in the kitchen, and looks at the pages of a book, all tummy down. I could go on and on. Thank you, Whitney! ” - Meredith, a new mom

Attend with a 3-6 month old baby:

  • Wednesday, August 16 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Attend with a 0-3 month old baby:

  • Wednesday, August 16 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Pricing:  $50 for a parent and baby; $75 for two parents and baby or a parent and caregiver and baby; birth professionals may attend this class at the parent/baby rate.

  • "How do I play and interact with my newborn?"
  • "Is my baby showing typical signs of development?"
  • "How best do I hold my baby?"
  • "What about tummy time?"

Additionally, we will touch upon topics such as proper positioning in baby carriers, things to consider when swaddling, appropriate and effective toys for this age group in order to promote development. Lastly, we focus on how to make daily routines more playful and meaningful, and how to use these opportunities to promote your baby's natural development. 

“I’m so glad we found Walking with Whitney! I brought my 2 month old son and we learned a ton about developmental activities to help encourage tummy time, rolling and sitting. Whitney presents a lot of information in a small amount of time but does so in a way that is easily digestible and hands on. She is willing to demonstrate both with her doll and with your child which is super helpful. I would highly recommend her class to all new parents” - A., a new mom

Whitney Burke, MSPT, is a pediatric physical therapist that graduated with her master’s degree from Northeastern University in 2006. She started her career working at Blythedale Children's Hospital in Westchester, New York where she gained extensive training in neuro-developmental treatment. In 2008, Whitney founded her private practice, Whitney Burke Physical Therapy, based in New York City’s Upper East Side. Whitney specializes in providing physical therapy to children birth to 3 years of age diagnosed with a range of developmental disabilities. Over the course of the past 8 years, Whitney has worked with children of all ages and diagnoses, including, but not limited to, cerebral palsy, torticollis, stroke and hemiparesis, traumatic brain injury, Down’s syndrome, epidermolysis bullosa, William’s syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome, developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder, and other orthopedic conditions. 

As a result of Whitney frequently seeing a high number of easily preventable conditions in many of her patients, Whitney founded a parental education class in New York City called Walking With Whitney. Walking With Whitney is a baby wellness class providing parents with tools and knowledge to help prevent conditions like torticollis and plagiocephaly through education about the importance of tummy time and how to implement it into a daily routine, while also providing developmentally appropriate play activity ideas for newborns, ultimately arming parents with the knowledge on how to raise a healthy baby. 

Whitney, her husband and infant daughter reside in New York City where she runs Whitney Burke Physical Therapy and teaches Walking With Whitney. 

"This class gives parents excellent guidance on your baby's development and appropriate play and toys for each stage. It's a big help to the ever present question of "am I doing this right?". Whitney is smart and engaging and gives practical instruction and guidance on your baby's development." S., a new mom