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    L is for Lifesaving: Be a Hero for a Kid with Leukemia

    by Sarah on 10/07/13 | 0 Comment(s)

      What would you do if your child had cancer? What wouldn’t you do? Well, all parents of sick kids are warriors, they fight for the lives of their kids, they fight to stay positive and they fight for more time. Leni Hsiao’s parents have a particularly tricky battle to fight. We all know that [...]

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    Should Your Kid Play Football? Maybe Just XBox

    by Sarah on 10/04/13 | 1 Comment(s)

      There are over a dozen high schools in the five boroughs, including Brooklyn Tech and Styvesant, that offer j.v. and varsity football. And maybe your kid is eager to try out for the team. Maybe you hate organized sports and  gym class was the only class you failed growing up, but who are you [...]

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    The Truth About “Baby/Child Proofing”

    by Nicole on 10/01/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Janet Wang, Assistant Director of Health and Safety for Beth Israel Medical Center, opened my eyes to what baby-proofing really means.  You’re having a baby… Congratulations!  Along with scheduling doctor appointments and planning for the ultimate baby shower, you also need to start thinking about how to make your home a safer place for you [...]

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    Miralax: Friend or Foe

    by Sarah on 9/27/13 | 2 Comment(s)

    Having a kid with a GI tract that closely resembles the BQE on a summer Friday is stressful. Feeling conflicted about the treatment of that traffic jam is even worse. One oft-prescribed solution is Miralax. In the last decade doctors have taken to recommending Miralax to kids for quick relief, and to that end, it works [...]

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    Infestations Head to Tail, from Lice to Pinworms

    by Sarah on 9/24/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    This post begs the question, why our kids gotta be so gross? I consider myself a fairly capable person, I know CPR, I can sew (ish), I have the ability to pack the trunk of our car Tetris-style, but I am paralyzed by the idea that my daughter may, at some point in the future, get [...]

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    Lyme Disease—Catch It!

    by Sarah on 9/16/13 | 4 Comment(s)

    Apparently instances of Lyme disease have been on the rise in the last ten years, probably due to the unchecked population of deer (where is Sarah Palin and her chopper when we need her?). As we settle into school and fall and real life (boo hiss), there may be some lingering side effects of vacation. [...]

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    New Pre and Postnatal Yoga Classes Come to DUMBO

    by Kim on 8/30/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    One would think DUMBO is the most fertile place in New York City with all the baby bumps and strollers out there. Having places like Brooklyn Bridge Park and P.S. 8 in its backyard, and being so close to Manhattan make it a great neighborhood for young families. Finally, expectant and new moms now have [...]

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    The Tragedy of Forgetting Your Child in Your Car

    by Nicole on 8/23/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Another child has died of hyperthermia because he was forgotten in his dad’s hot car. I don’t know the facts surrounding this recent tragedy on Long Island, but I have read enough to know it can happen to anyone. Recent cases have involved parents who previously wouldn’t be considered negligent in their child’s care. An [...]

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    After Bump: 5 Tips to Keep Post-Partum Stress Under Control

    by Kim on 8/20/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    By Stacey Jayne Whether you’re a first-time parent or a seasoned veteran, consider these 5 tips to keep postpartum stress under control. Ride the roller coaster of emotions. You will go from kissing your baby’s tiny fingers and toes to grieving the loss of your old life (no one really talks about this!) and worrying [...]

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    2013 Back to School Guide to PVC-free School Supplies

    by Nicole on 8/06/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I can’t believe we are already thinking about getting ready for school! My oldest is entering Pre-K next year and when looking for the supplies she needs, I came across this back to school guide to safer school supplies. It features the best tips to avoid  phthalate-laden vinyl plastic (PVC) in popular children’s school supplies [...]

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    Is Your Toddler A Biter? What to do When Your Child Bites!

    by Nicole on 7/15/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I have been dealing with the biting issue for almost two years…since my son was 4 months old. Way back then, it started with my breast when he got his first couple of teeth relatively early! And then he moved on to biting my shoulder when I held him, my legs when he ran up [...]

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    Summer Sunburn – How to Treat Naturally

    by Nicole on 7/02/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    We all work hard to protect our children’s skin from the sun. But sometimes a sunburn happens, especially when traveling. 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 [...]

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    My Dad’s Heart Attack: Coping With a Parent’s Illness from Far Away

    by Nicole on 6/25/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    My dad had a massive heart attack. It was sudden, scary and we live hundreds of miles away from my parents. After countless complications and surgeries, he is finally in a rehabilitation center over three months later. He is going to survive and with the help of specialists and home care might make a pretty [...]

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    How Much Sleep Should My Child be Getting?

    by Nicole on 6/24/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    My daughter has been a pretty amazing sleeper her entire life (almost 4 years old and is now averaging 11-12 hours per night). Aside from the occasional phases, it has been pretty smooth sailing with her. I thought my son was following in her footsteps…until now!!! He is 2 years and change keeps pushing his [...]

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    When Your Neighbor Has a Child with A Disability

    by Nicole on 6/17/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Who doesn’t want their child to have friends……..to be popular, well liked, respected, invited to parties and play dates?  Now put your feet into the shoes of a parent caring for a child with a disability.  That neighbor, that friend, that community member has all the same wishes and dreams for their child whose daily [...]

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    Kid Bike Helmet Ratings 2013

    by Nicole on 6/11/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    With summer here, it’s time for bikes and scooters and that means protecting our kids from falls. Brooklyn has some of the worst sidewalks of all the boroughs. We do love our blue slate sidewalks, but, oh, how it heaves and cleaves. For us Brooklynites, that means serious head protection and possibly even elbow, hand and [...]

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    What are the Best and Safest Insect Repellents?

    by Nicole on 5/30/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Summer is almost upon us and as we head into warmer weather, I am starting to buy all of our necessary provisions! After our roundup of the best (and safest) sunscreens, we complied a list of some of the least toxic bug and insect repellents on the market with no DEET. Check out some of our top [...]

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    Measles Outbreak in Brooklyn

    by Kim on 5/23/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    Dr. Stephen Turner, M.D., FAAP is a physician with the Mount Sinai Doctors- Brooklyn Heights Medical Group and has been in practice for 15 years in Brooklyn Heights.  Dr. Turner sent us the below information on a recently reported outbreak of Measles in two neighborhoods in Brooklyn. By Dr. Stephen Turner, M.D., FAAP The Department [...]

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    First Foods Around the World

    by Nicole on 5/22/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Starting solids is an exciting time but one of stress for many parents. What foods to start with, what form should the food be in, allergies, choking risks…these are all worries that accompany this new stage in your baby’s life. Chase Simmering, mom of two and international food connoisseur, talks starting solids with an international perspective. Even [...]

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    The Silent Epidemic: Postpartum Depression

    by Nicole on 5/17/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Postpartum depression was discussed in my birth classes and with my other pregnant mom friends extensively when I was due with my first baby. I felt very educated about it but was anxious because I didn’t know what to expect. I luckily did not suffer from it but I had a few close friends who [...]

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    The Best Sunscreens: Reviews and Ratings

    by Nicole on 5/16/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    Now that the weather is finally warming up and everyone’s planning for their summer activities, it’s time to think about using sunscreens again. You can spend days researching and testing all the “good’ sunscreens out there. And believe me- I’ve done it. After 4 years of scrutinizing, ordering and testings various sunscreens- I have my [...]

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    The Pregnant New Yorker – Pregnant and New Mom Event on Thurs May 16th

    by Nicole on 5/10/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Join The Pregnant New Yorker Pregnant and New Mom Event on Thurs May 16th at The Yummy Mummy Store.  Get expert advice on pregnancy and postpartum.  Everyone will go home with a great goodie bag and a chance to win some prizes including a Britax Baby Carrier.   REGISTER @ http://www.thepregnantnewyorker.com/events/event.html Dr. Gurley will be talking about a simple, [...]

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    Weaning – When and How?

    by Nicole on 5/07/13 | 0 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 [...]

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    Giveaway: Stokke MyCarrier Entry With Brooklyn Baby Expo Ticket Purchase

    by Nicole on 5/06/13 | 8 Comment(s)

    The Brooklyn Baby Expo is happening June 2nd. Buy your tickets this week and you are entered to win a Stokke MyCarrier ($250 retail value)! And VIP ticket holders get a Joovy BebaSling Lite ($99 retail value) with their ticket! If you have already purchased your tickets, you can still enter to win the Stokke MyCarrier! Here’s how: [...]

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    Occupy Monsanto? One Dad’s View on GMO’s

    by Nicole on 4/29/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Nathan Horne, Brooklyn dad of two (and my husband) isn’t one to stand on a soapbox but GMO’s have been a hot topic everywhere (including in our household) and here are his thoughts.  As many of you already know, GMO’s are genetically modified organisms, which, among other things, are the primary source of genetically modified [...]