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    What is a Doula and Why Would You Need One? The value of birth and postpartum doula support

    by Nicole on 4/12/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Please join us for an evening to discuss the benefits of working with a doula from the prenatal, birth, and postpartum stages of motherhood! Tuesday, April 30th 6PM-8PM Birth Day Presence ~ Park Slope Studio 182 Eighth Avenue (between 1st St. and Garfield) Register Here! Seasoned birth and postpartum doulas Mollie Michel and Meema Spadola will be on hand [...]

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    Is It Safe To Share Breast Pumps?

    by Nicole on 4/01/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    When I was nursing I was so dependent on my breast pump. I had the Medela Freestyle and because I had to schlep it back and forth from work for a couple of years, it was the perfect one for me for its size. I replaced the tubing a few times, but other than that [...]


    Common Childhood Rashes

    by Nicole on 3/20/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Katie Porterfield of baby gooroo has given us the 411 on all things rashes and skin aliments! It’s upsetting when your soft-skinned baby or toddler is suddenly covered with an angry red rash. The first time it happens, you’ll likely call your child’s pediatrician in a bit of a panic, but you’ll soon discover that rashes [...]


    What is a Doula?

    by Nicole on 2/27/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    When I was first pregnant with my daughter, I heard the term doula but I didn’t discover what one really was until very late in my pregnancy. By then, I thought it was too late to find one. After 24 hours of labor…I could have used one! Our doula expert, Mollie, has provided us with [...]


    Can Certain Foods Increase My Milk Supply?

    by Nicole on 2/19/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    The more milk your baby takes (or you remove through milk expression), the more milk you make. Some mothers with ample milk may “think” their supply is low when in fact it is not. So before you take steps to improve your milk supply, talk with your health care provider to make sure it is [...]


    Free Breast Pumps. Really?

    by Nicole on 1/28/13 | 0 Comment(s)

      Breast pumps, breast pumps, get your free breast pumps! Within the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) is a provision requiring insurance companies to cover breast pumps and visits to lactation consultants at no cost to the patient. This makes me wonder how hospitals and OBGYN’s will change their approach to breastfeeding and the support [...]


    Ina May Gaskin Returning to NYC This Week

    by Nicole on 1/15/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Exciting news! Ina May Gaskin is returning to NYC for two nights to participate in a Q & A about her documentary Birth Story. I read her Ina May’s Guide to ChildbirthGuide to Childbirth before having my first baby, and her inspiring words from this book resonated with me throughout my 20 hour labor. She [...]

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    New Kids Store Opens in Bed-Stuy

    by Nicole on 12/28/12 | 1 Comment(s)

    People have been talking about this new children’s store in Bed-Stuy called Pipsqueak Children’s Shoppe; I’ve gotten 3 emails to date about it. Everything from, “PipSqueak does such low mark up on their goods for sale that they can compete or do better than Toys R Us!” to “they are such a huge addition to [...]

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    Breastfeeding a Premature Baby

    by Nicole on 12/10/12 | 5 Comment(s)

    Can you breastfeed a premature baby? Yes, even if your baby has spent time in the NICU and was given bottles.  Sara Chana Silverstein, a New York based, international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), classical homeopath, herbalist, lecturer, author, wife and mother of seven children (yes, she really is superwoman!), wrote an article for us [...]

    Can you imagine trying to put 4 to sleep in the same room?! My problems are small....

    Putting 2 Kids to Bed in the Same Room

    by Nicole on 12/06/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    After four years, I should be an expert at putting two kids to bed in the same room, but I’m not. I’ve struggled with it enough to make me try every trick in the book- from music to rewards to sitting in their room. I suspect I’m not the only one out there to have [...]

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    New Daycare in Williamsburg- Includes Infant Program

    by Nicole on 11/15/12 | 2 Comment(s)

    Sponsored Post The baby boom in Williamsburg/Greenpoint has ushered in many new amenities for families, including play spaces, stores and daycares. One of the newest is  The Creative Academy Early Learning & Childcare Center, which opened in September, and is already alleviating some of the childcare needs for parents in Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick. Unlike [...]


    CANCELLED: Free Baby Massage and Product Toxicity Workshop by Seventh Generation

    by Nicole on 10/29/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    If you are looking for a way to soothe your baby in a relaxing way (for both of you!) then you might head to the free massage fest on November 8th.  Seventh Generation is hosting this public event in Park Slope with Tina Allen, a well-known baby massage expert. So, why is Seventh Generation hosting [...]

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    Ina May Gaskin To Appear in NYC at Doc Festival

    by Nicole on 10/25/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Ina May Gaskin is coming to town and tickets to view her documentary have already sold out for the evening show- but the daytime show has openings.  The birthing guru and author Ina May, attracts expecting parents, birth professionals, doctors and parents in droves.  When she came to Brooklyn a couple of years ago, the [...]

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    Favorite Places for Families in Greenpoint & Williamsburg

    by Nicole on 9/20/12 | 1 Comment(s)

    Williamsburg and Greenpoint are fast becoming THE place to raise a family in Brooklyn; between the pool finally opening and a sleuth of amazing places to shop, eat, play and ways to give back- it’s easy to see why. Jessica Glorieux and Donna Ladd launched Motherburg NYC in June 2012 to help parents in North [...]


    Weaning – When and How?

    by Nicole on 9/07/12 | 6 Comment(s)

    Is there a “right” time and is there a “right” way to wean? Sara Chana Silverstein, a New York based, international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), classical homeopath, herbalist, lecturer, author, wife and mother of seven children (yes, she really is superwoman!), wrote an article for us that tackles those questions. Weaning-Is now is the [...]

    Ahh..yes- falling asleep anywhere will do when you are sleep deprived!

    ZZZZZ Help: Need a Sleep Consultant?

    by Nicole on 8/29/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    If you are dozing off during the day, snapping at people for minor infractions and just all around not feeling like yourself….you might be sleep deprived. If it’s your child that is keeping you up at night because they are waking up every 45 minutes, having nightmares, waking you up with wet beds, unable to [...]


    Bright Horizons Opening New Daycares in Williamsburg and Downtown Brooklyn

    by Nicole on 8/29/12 | 6 Comment(s)

    Bright Horizons will be making an impact on Brooklyn daycare in 2013. They will open not one, but two enormous daycare facilities in the next year: one in downtown Brooklyn and the other in Williamsburg. The location in downtown Brooklyn will be at 345 Adams St across from Brooklyn Borough Hall.  The Brooklyn Eagle reports [...]


    Urgent Care Facilities in Brooklyn: Which Ones are the Best?

    by Nicole on 8/08/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    A new urgent care center in Park Slope has been getting very good reviews on the parent list serves and on Yelp. Premier Care of Park Slope has been getting kudos for efficient and thoughtful care for everything from sore throats to broken arms.  I’m glad to have another urgent care center to include in [...]


    How Much Milk Does a Baby Need?

    by Nicole on 7/17/12 | 6 Comment(s)

    Is there some magic way to determine how much milk your baby needs when it’s nursing? Is it the same for a baby who is drinking formula? It’s a question that many new parents ask to ensure that their baby is getting enough nutrition.  Sara Chana Silverstein, a New York based, international board certified lactation [...]


    Need a Doctor? Daycare? Plumber? We Have The List!

    by Nicole on 6/26/12 | 2 Comment(s)

    I have a third baby:  this one doesn’t poop, pee or cry- but it does demand a lot of attention, nurturing and I definitely have to put it to bed at night. After 12 months, I can finally announce that my new baby is ready to be taken out in public. It’s been a work [...]


    Hidden Causes and Natural Remedies for Diaper Rash

    by Nicole on 6/18/12 | 7 Comment(s)

    Diaper rashes are one of those problems that the baby industry tells us that the only remedy is to slap some ointment on your baby’s bottom and hope for the best. A lot of times the creams don’t work very well- or they are so full of toxins that I wouldn’t have them in my [...]


    Has Your Car Seat Expired?

    by Nicole on 5/11/12 | 5 Comment(s)

    We all love to get hand-me-downs in the baby equipment department. What you may not know is that your used car seat may be expired. Yes, expired! Last year, I was gloating to Megan Davidson, doula and baby wearer and cloth diapering instructor, about how cheaply I had purchased my infant car seat for my [...]


    Natural Remedies For Treating Eczema

    by Nicole on 5/03/12 | 15 Comment(s)

    We have written about eczema on this blog before: it’s an incredibly upsetting condition for both children and parents- there doesn’t seem to be one easy solution to cure it. Sara Chana Silverstein, a New York based, international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), classical homeopath, herbalist, lecturer, author, wife and mother of seven children (yes, [...]


    Are You Paying Your Babysitter Enough? (Park Slope Parents Babysitter Survey is Out!)

    by Nicole on 4/26/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Are you paying your sitter enough? According to the 2012 Park Slope Parents first Babysitter Survey that came out this week, a babysitter for 1 child makes an average of $14.50 an hour. And for 2 children? The sitter makes an average of $15.50 an hour.  What about their neighborhood kid who is under 21 [...]

    If you aren't eating lots of this, you probably need Vitamin D

    Vitamin D: Why You and Your Kids Need it NOW

    by Jill on 4/13/12 | 1 Comment(s)

    This morning at breakfast, I remembered that the kids and I hadn’t taken our vitamins since before vacation, a week ago.  Not really a big deal, though with all the press that vitamin D has gotten lately, I made sure the kids and I took ours today. What can happen if we don’t have enough [...]