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    The New Kid-Built Pratt Towers Playground!

    by Sarah on 6/12/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      On Thursday, June 5 over 200 volunteers from Forest City Ratner Companies, Pratt TowersCommunity Space, organizers from KaBOOM! (@kaboom) and residents of the Brooklyn community braved the rain to build a new playground at Pratt Towers for neighborhood kids. Pratt Towers, located in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, had been without a proper playspace for over 20 years. The design was based on children’s drawings […]

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    2014: The Year of Composting in NYC

    by John on 6/10/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    It may be finally time to make it official: 2014 is The Year of Composting in NYC. The city’s pilot program is rapidly expanding its service area and many small businesses are developing products and services for transforming our waste into renewable energy and/or much-needed soil replenishment. It seems a consensus is growing among an ever-larger […]

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    Why Doodling Is Good for You

    by Sarah on 6/04/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Kathleen Lucadamo, writer and mom, is gifted at finding the answers to questions you didn’t even know you had. Get ready to be schooled. I’m a doodle addict. Circles, boxes and an array of lines fill any page I can find. If I’m talking to you on the phone, chances are I’m also doodling. […]

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    How Much Milk Does My Kid Need?

    by Sarah on 5/29/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    We all know that drinking milk is important. It gives our kids the calcium and vitamin D they need. But I recently discovered that there’s such a thing as too much milk. So the question is, how much milk does my kid need? How do we maximize the benefits of drinking milk without causing the […]

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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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    Adventures with Food: Consider the Pickle

    by John on 5/26/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Let us take a moment to consider the pickle. In order to fully understand and perceive its wonder, I think we should first consider, if only for a sentence or two, its two most popular forms: the cucumber pickle and sauerkraut. The most common adjective for the cucumber would probably be “boring”—the cabbage, “stinky.” But […]

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    Giveaway! Win a Free Naturalmat Organic Crib Mattress!

    by Sarah on 5/19/14 | 21 Comment(s)

    Win a Naturalmat Mattress, the Coco Mat-Naturalmat’s signature mattress and a perfect choice for babies and children offering gentle support and impressive ventilation and insulation, normally $399, and give your little one the best night sleep of their lives (and maybe you too!). a Rafflecopter giveaway Natural and Organic Everything in Naturalmat mattresses is 100% natural and where […]

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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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    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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    The Best Natural Insect Repellent (Besides Bats)

    by Sarah on 5/05/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Now that my annual parade of ants has arrived in my apartment, I know it’s spring. And with spring comes mosquitos. And ticks. And a host of other biting, phobia-inducing, what-the-hell-are-they-doing-in-the-city pests. Now begins the search for an effective, non-poisonous, bug repellent. And, while my membership to the Coop is admittedly new and I […]

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    Meet the Doctors from Premier Pediatrics

    by A Child Grows on 5/05/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    An interview with Premier Pediatrics physician Dr. Deena Blanchard: Tell us about your practice: Premier Pediatrics has an office in Brooklyn and Manhattan with seven board-certified pediatricians. We have been providing state-of-the-art medical care combined with a focus on family-centered compassionate care for over 30 years. Recently, we renovated both our offices to create a […]

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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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    Adventures with Food: Fiddleheads!

    by John on 4/15/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    What a difference two weeks make! The crocuses are already crinkling like wet paper in the 60-degree sun, the daffodils are in bloom, and the first daylily shoots are poking their little prongs out of the moist, fast-warming ground. Though spring arrived almost three weeks ago, it finally feels like it—right in time for Passover, […]

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    Electronic Cigarettes: The Lesser of Two Evils

    by Sarah on 4/15/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    My husband is a wonderful, sensitive man and I’ve been lucky enough to be his closest friend for the last twenty years (we met young). And when we first met, in our irresponsible, stupid teenage years, we did a lot of things, but mostly we sat around and smoked our Reds (we can pretend that […]

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    Work Out at Home: The Apartment Workout from Fit 4 Mom

    by Sarah on 4/04/14 | 0 Comment(s)

     I have a serious problem. The floors and ceilings of my apartment are loud. When we moved into our apartment I was pregnant with our second boy. Our upstairs neighbors had two boys, at the time ages 3 and 5 (as old as my boys are now), and we had never heard anything like it. […]

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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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    When the Cups Runneth Over: Are Breast Lifts Worth It?

    by Sarah on 3/31/14 | 1 Comment(s)

      It seems that, while breast implants are the number one cosmetic surgery among women, breast lifts have been gaining popularity, by as much as 70%, since 2000. The plastic surgeons say to try “the pencil test” to see if you might be a good candidate. Since I could keep a calligraphy set secure, I’m […]

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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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    Conscious Consumption: What’s in Your Clothes?

    by Sarah on 3/25/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    We all think about the source of our food, from the variety of seeds (GMO’s anyone?) to the chemicals used, to the distance shipped. But the life cycle of our clothes gets far less consideration. I asked fashion designer and environmentalist, Libby Fearnley to answer a few questions to inspire us to extend our responsible […]

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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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    Just Food Conference: We Can Pickle That!

    by John on 3/18/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Just Food Conference is coming up on the weekend of April 5-6. I have been following Just Food for some time now. Since 1995, their role has been to empower and support community groups in their efforts to increase access to local, sustainable food. I’ve been putting their values into practice. I have a batch of […]

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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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    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 […]