Birth and Newborn Care | Archive for A Child Grows

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    Tips for New Parents: How to Survive the Early Weeks

    by Sarah on 7/16/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Sharon Peters, parenting expert and founder of Parents Helping Parents, gives you wisdom that will cut through the white noise of sleep deprivation and new parent panic.  Here are a few tips for new parents to remember when you are welcoming a new little one into your home: Get help. Help is invaluable as everyone gets accustomed to […]

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    How To Find A Nanny You Trust: Mommybites Nanny Board

    by Sarah on 7/08/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    On my moms’ group there seems to be a perpetual thread about finding a good nanny. Who can you recommend? Anyone available immediately? Usual nanny has quit/moved to Fiji/found God/gone public with her startup/ run away with Jude Law. Help! And then there is a silence that echoes through the interwebs, followed by a sad […]

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    New Moms Can Relax (Sort-of): Babies Self-Regulate!

    by Sarah on 6/20/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Sara Chana, lactation consultant extraordinaire, sheds light on the issues, mysteries and joys of breastfeeding. Moms always ask me,”Do breastfeeding babies ingest the same amount of breast milk at each feed?” The answer is no! When a baby is breastfeed, that baby will take in a different amount of breast milk at each feed. […]

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    If Jesus Loved Me- he’d let me get through the damn song!

    by Shayna Gehl on 6/16/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Wednesday Night, 7pm I’ve successfully brushed both toddlers’ teeth and got them in pajamas. We’ve had basic chit-chat about our day, I bathed them, we’ve read books, and prayed. Both children are showing the telltale signs of fatigue by flopping around in their beds as I latch my newborn (newbie) on for a feed and […]

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    There’s a Seal in My Bedroom: Understanding Croup

    by Sarah on 6/11/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Dr. Deena Blanchard, pediatrician and font of knowledge, gives us the tools we need to stay calm and carry on.  What is croup? Croup is a general name for inflammation for the upper airways, specifically in the area around the vocal chords. If croup is sever their can be swelling around your trachea (wind pipe) […]

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    Secrets of Sunscreen: Don’t Get Burned

    by Sarah on 5/27/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    Now that we are passed Memorial Day, it is safe to say that summer has (unofficially) started. And with summer comes the need for serious sunscreen (and bug spray, but that’s another post all together). The simple answer here is: wear it, every day, no matter the weather, no matter what you are doing. Yes, […]

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    How to Be A Better Parent? Turn Off Your Phone

    by Sarah on 5/14/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Alice Kaltman, parenting coach and founder of Family Matters NY, explains why we need be present and put down those smart phones. Alice is THE voice of experience, so take notes.    The weather has finally warmed up, with lots of outdoor play time for families. After observing parents in playgrounds and strolling strollers on […]

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    75 Giveaway Tickets To New York Baby Show

    by Sarah on 5/11/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    This Saturday, May 17th and Sunday, May 18th  from 10am to 4pm our friends at New York Family magazine will be hosting the annual New York Baby Show. And A Child Grows is giving away 75 family tickets away to the show. Enter below for your tickets! a Rafflecopter giveaway Last year the New York Baby Show […]

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    5 Ways to Achieve Breastfeeding Success

    by Sarah on 5/06/14 | 3 Comment(s)

    Sara Chana, lactation consultant extraordinaire, sheds light on the issues, mysteries and joys of breastfeeding. If Breastfeeding is such a ‘natural’ process for moms and babes why do so many women give up so quickly? The answer is simple. Although there is a natural desire for both the mother and baby to breastfeed, nursing is […]

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    Notes from a Blended Family: Circumlocuting on Circumcision

    by Sarah on 4/25/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    By: Rebecca Cooney It began with a fleeting moment in a London cab, as I sat watching the rivulets of rain blurring the storefront lights as we drove along in the dark. “ I wonder if his brother is circumcised?” The brother being my son’s new little brother from another mother. Obviously, being a single […]

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    The Doctor Is In: How to Choose the Right Pediatrician

    by Sarah on 4/18/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Advice from one of our contributing pediatricians, Dr. Gilgoff: Choosing a pediatrician is a very important decision. The birthing process itself will be much less stressful if you know that your baby has someone waiting to help oversee his or her health and well-being starting at birth.  I encourage expecting parents to come in and […]

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    How Much Sleep Does Your Kid Need?

    by Sarah on 4/17/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Sleep, food and poop seem to be the subjects that dominate your life as a parent. But nothing can ruin your day–your kid’s ability to behave, communicate and generally stay on your good side–like sleep, or lack thereof. From the day we brought her home, my daughter was a champion sleeper, to the point that […]

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    Top 10 Spring Break Tips for Traveling with Kids from phil and teds

    by Sarah on 4/03/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Michael Grant, president of phil&teds, shares his infinite wisdom on traveling with kids, which is basically what this guy does for a living. And since phil&teds are one of our illustrious sponsors at The Brooklyn Baby and Family Expo, you can come check out all their gear and see these tips in action this Sunday! As parents we know […]

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    BECO Giveaway at the Brooklyn Baby and Family Expo!

    by Sarah on 3/27/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    As NYC parents, we all face the same issue: transporting our kids around the city. In spite of having a variety of public transportation options, we often rely heavily on our very own bodies to do the work of transporting our little (and ever-growing) ones. Having a high-quality, long-lasting carrier that is comfortable for baby and parent […]

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    Leaving Kids in Cars: What is the Law and What is Just Judgement?

    by Sarah on 3/27/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    While we all know that leaving kids in cars on a hot or even mildly warm day is truly dangerous, it may be news to some that it is, in fact, illegal to leave children under 8 alone in the car at anytime, “without supervision of someone twelve or older when the conditions present a […]

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    What’s Better Than Having a Baby?! Having TWO!

    by Shayna Gehl on 3/26/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    It’s finally here!!!! THE MAIN EVENT!!!! I am officially full term in my third pregnancy. “In the home stretch” as many would say. I’ve blogged about the fantastic nature of this pregnancy (if you didn’t read the post, you missed the sarcastic tone there). While I’d love to go into even more gruesome details on the latest […]

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    Giveaway: Aden+Anais Blankets!

    by Sarah on 3/19/14 | 17 Comment(s)

    A Child Grows in Brooklyn is giving away a collection of three aden+anais bamboo blankets. You know, the parenting staple that you use for everything from swaddles to burp clothes to makeshift scrims when tied to the exterior of your pack and play. They also make excellent capes, loveies, indoor picnic blankets and fort roofs. […]

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    Fighting Engorgement: When Things Work Too Well

    by Sarah on 3/19/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Sara Chana, lactation consultant extraordinaire, sheds light on the issues, mysteries and joys of breastfeeding. Engorgement is an abnormal behavior of breastfeeding.  Feeling full or heavier is fine, but if your breasts are so full you can barely move your arms, you are having trouble sleeping from the pain, or you are having trouble latching your […]

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    Top 12 Reasons to Hit the Brooklyn Baby and Family Expo 2014

    by Sarah on 3/16/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Not just for babies. A Child Grows in Brooklyn brings you our 3rd annual Brooklyn Baby and Family Expo on Sunday April 6th in Brooklyn Heights. Here’s why you’ve got to be there: 1. Free On-Site Childcare: If free childcare gets you to the Y to work out, then why shouldn’t it also give you an afternoon […]

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    Keeping Kids Appy: Breastfeeding and Introducing Solids

    by Sarah on 3/13/14 | 0 Comment(s)

       When I nursed each of our children, friends and Kellymom were my go-to sources for information.  Those sources are both irreplaceable, but now there is a fantastic, fact-filled app, delivering information in a format that is accessible even as you are in the act of breastfeeding.  Sara Chana’s Breastfeeding for Boobs has hundreds of […]

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    Cloth Diapers vs Disposables: A Peace Treaty

    by Sarah on 2/26/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    After my misguided notion that I could easily brush up on the basics of cloth diapering and give you all the salient points, saving you time and energy, I realized that cloth diapering is it’s own planet. So the real issue is what planet would you like to live on, the cloth diaper planet or […]

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    Upstarts! Parents Raising Children, Building Businesses: Zoe Levine

    by Sarah on 2/25/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    If you’ve had a kid in the last decade and you live somewhere in the vicinity of Prospect Park, you’ve probably heard of (if not met) Zoe Levine. Zoe is the queen of prenatal and postpartum fitness, running her own personal training and fitness program, The Thriving Body. You need your diastasis recti measured? You […]

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    Keeping Kids Appy: Free For the Expectant Parents + Midwives and LCs

    by Nicole on 1/29/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Here are a few free apps that may help you to keep track of mundane things so you can focus your energy on enjoying your experiences. Ovia Fertility: Ovulation Calculator is an easy to use app that can help you to find your most fertile days (or just to be more aware of your cycle).   […]

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    Baby Massage Workshop: Tricks to Chill That Kid Out

    by Sarah on 1/08/14 | 1 Comment(s)

      Who doesn’t love a massage? Your colicky, nipple-confused, nocturnal newborn is clearly in desperate need of a rub down. You know that skin-to-skin contact is good for Petunia, but lying around with your screaming baby on your bare chest doesn’t seem to be doing the trick, so get yourself to Caribou Baby for their […]

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    5 Tips for Trips to the ER

    by Sarah on 12/30/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    The night before we were to left for our Christmas holiday our daughter had her first trip to the emergency room. We’ve been lucky. She is four and we’ve had no major incidents, no broken arm from a fall a JJ Byrne, no head on collision with the wall at the Y, no raging fever […]