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    The Best Nontoxic Nail Polish: Paint It Black

    by Sarah on 4/01/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    My daughter is desperate to paint her nails, and I have managed to put it off with the combo you’re-too-young and it’s-full-of-chemicals argument. But the other day our youngest neighbor (5 years old) came downstairs, nail polish in hand and proceeded to set up a manicure station in my hallway. That night I had to […]

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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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    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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    Working From Home Has its Poops and Cons

    by Shayna Gehl on 3/12/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    So I’ve been working from home for a little less than a year now. I absolutely love what I do and the business I work for. I consider myself fortunate as I wasn’t necessarily ‘in the market’ for a job when I got one. It just happened, and I’m so glad it did. Like many stay-at-home moms, […]

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    Notes From A Blended Family: Shaken, Stirred, and On The Rocks–It Takes Three

    by Sarah on 3/11/14 | 2 Comment(s)

        By: Rebecca Cooney The Acela is propelling me home and the fluorescent panel bulbs are making my eyes twitch. Another work trip, another whirlwind, another jostling ride home. I’m lucky because I know that I’m coming home to a clean apartment. And I know this for sure because the housekeeper texted me this morning […]

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    Measles Outbreak in NYC: Vaccine Time

    by Sarah on 3/11/14 | 7 Comment(s)

    Measles outbreak. This is what Jenny McCarthy and unethical medical research can get you: a resurgence in the leading cause of vaccine-preventable childhood mortality. Sure, we can give up on vaccines and return to 1920’s America when 30% of the death rate was caused by measles pneumonia. No? You’re not ready to go heavy in tin […]

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    Cassatt Studio Preschool in Carroll Gardens

    by Shayna Gehl on 3/10/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      (Sponsored) Great news A Child Grows readers! A great school in Carroll Gardens is enrolling students. The Cassatt Studio comes from a trusted name you may have seen on A Child Grows before- Sitters Studio.     “At Cassatt Studio Preschool children learn, grow, and blossom by studying Van Gogh’s sunflowers, Mendelssohn’s songs, and Sondheim’s […]

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    Functional Fitness – Finding Strength Through Motherhood – 7 Ways to Build Strength Through Everyday Activities

    by Nicole on 2/15/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    By: AnnaCatherine Rutledge I don’t know about you, but since becoming a mom I find it incredibly hard to find time to fit in my workouts. And I run a fitness business. For moms. But between running the business, teaching classes and working with personal clients, preparing three somewhat wholesome meals a day, laundry, dishes, blogging, […]

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    Montessori Info Evening February 27th: A new Montessori preschool in Brooklyn

    by Shayna Gehl on 2/10/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    (Sponsored) Are you dreading the preschool application process for next year? Have you heard about Montessori education, but are not quite sure what it is or if it would be good for your child? Invest two hours to get the inside scoop on a brand-new, high-quality Montessori program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers: LePort Montessori […]

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    You’re Sick!: Cold Remedies That Work (Those old wives were right)

    by Sarah on 1/27/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    We have now hit the lowest point in the dim valley of  winter, the place where the holidays are completely behind us, so their glittering magic and good cheer is utterly forgotten. Now, we are plunged into darkness without the ornamentation. We are cold and wet and running late and, of course, coming down with […]

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    Resident Dad: What Is Child Abuse?

    by John on 1/15/14 | 0 Comment(s)

     Shortly before Christmas, I saw a link on my Facebook page to a blog post by novelist and game designer Chuck Wendig titled Spanking Your Children is Hitting Your Children. I haven’t read any of his novels, and I’m not much (or anything, really) of a gamer so I haven’t experienced his work on that level […]

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    (Sponsored) Brooklyn Sandbox: A Great Start For Little Learners

    by Shayna Gehl on 1/06/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Being a member of a good number of local parenting groups, there are many questions that remain strongly on our parenting radars. One of those questions is where can I find a good quality daycare? With many mothers returning to work shortly after baby, this is a legitimate concern and often leads to an overwhelming […]

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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 […]

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    Nannies: Does the Love Stop When the Paycheck Does?

    by Sarah on 12/16/13 | 4 Comment(s)

      How do you say goodbye to a member of your family when they move away, how do you explain their seemingly sudden choice to your kids, how do you do it when that person is in fact the nanny, someone paid to be a part of your family? There is a strange, sad and […]

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    How to Cry It Out With a Preschooler

    by Sarah on 12/10/13 | 4 Comment(s)

    Recently, my four-year-old has been struggling with sleep. She has trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Her explanation: bad dreams. When I tell her to think happy thoughts she says, “I can’t find them in my brain.” And when she asks me, “why are the bad dreams always winning,” I want to crawl into bed […]

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    Spuni: Mealtime with Baby Will Never Be the Same!

    by Shayna Gehl on 12/09/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    (Sponsored) I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had one of my mini foodies fling their meal across the room with the grace and power of a seasoned tennis pro. I sat in awe as they refuse to discriminate catapulting even their favorite dinners. When I recently learned about Spuni, my situation seemed to […]

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    The New Coney Island YMCA

    by Sarah on 12/05/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Coney Island has been on a long road to recovery since Hurricane Sandy. One huge step in that direction is the opening of the long-anticipated Coney Island YMCA, a “44,000 square foot facility that features an aquatic center with a four-lane lap pool and family recreational pool, a full court gymnasium, fitness and multi-purpose rooms, […]

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    On Re-Nicknaming My Children

    by John on 12/01/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    As I near the end of one year with A Child Grows, I’ve been rereading some of my early posts. My first post in fact, the one in which I introduced my daughters Stringbean and Butterbean, had one comment that I’ve frequently thought about since I read it in January: …please rethink your daughters’ blog […]

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    How Would Your Kid Handle An Emergency?

    by Sarah on 11/21/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Tonight I was writing in our bedroom when I heard a clanging outside. Thinking that our balcony umbrella was being dragged away in a mini tornado or that a raccoon was going rabid amongst my dead tomatoes plants, I switched on the balcony light and suddenly heard someone shouting my name. My neighbor had inadvertently […]

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    Plum Pouch Recall: Your Mother Was Right

    by Sarah on 11/15/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Since bacteria may not have been the “organics” they were hoping for, the fine people at Plum have issued a “voluntary” recall of a few of their products (see below for specifics). My kid might be past the pouch stage of life (most of the time), but there was an era in which they were indispensable. […]

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    Top Eleven Reasons Playgrounds Suck (because ten wasn’t enough)

    by Sarah on 11/11/13 | 5 Comment(s)

    Neither of you wants to go, but you have to make the kid do it. There is some cruel irony in that. (And of course, she loves it once there. But you still hate it). You feel the chorus of nannies sitting on the benches is constantly judging you for being a helicopter parent, standing two […]

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    Wherefore Art Thou Mr. Belvedere: Vetting Your New Nanny

    by Sarah on 10/17/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    So you need a nanny. Aside from asking around, where on earth do you start? Sites like Sittercity and Care.com, seem almost too big, as if nothing good could come from a nanny mill. But in fact, those particular sites (and not a lot of the others, so check) do background checks, scouring police records […]