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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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    Summer Fun at the Wildlife Conservation Society

    by Shayna Gehl on 3/31/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Summers are Wild with the Wildlife Conservation Society! From toddlers to teens, the WCS has the unique summer camp experiences for all ages at their zoos and aquarium. Explore the wonderful world of animals at one of the five facilities throughout New York, including the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, [...]

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    Giveaway: Pottery Barn Kids Crib

    by Nicole on 3/30/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    The Brooklyn Baby & Family Expo is this Sunday, April 6th and we are so excited to have Pottery Barn Kids join us to show off their complimentary nursery design services and how to make a beautiful room for your baby in a small space. And in anticipation of the big day, we are giving away [...]

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    Weekday Events for March 31st-April 3rd in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 3/30/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! April is arriving this week and for some children that means the NY State ELA exams are happening which means as parents we are trying to keep our children calm and zen this week! One way to help kids beat stress this week is to check out Kids Yoga with Nora at Play [...]

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    Little Hands, Big Technology: How Soon is Too Soon?

    by Sarah on 3/28/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Our outer-borough brother Ryan Harrison, a former film history teacher with two daughters originally from Queens, gives us the low down on kids and smartphones, touch screens and attention-sucking technology.  Like any parent, I grumble when I see a group of children sitting in the same room, all deeply absorbed by their own personal electronic devices. [...]

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    FreshDirect: Because Parents Need All the Help We Can Get

    by Sarah on 3/28/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      (Sponsored) Not long ago I went to a friend’s baby shower, and one of the things on her registry was a gift certificate to FreshDirect. And I thought, that’s genius, since pre-baby you really have no idea what you’re in for, and post-baby you never know what people will give you. Endless diaper gift [...]

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    Weekend Events: U is for Underwear, The Good Ms Padgett, The Pop Ups, P for Puppets, Miles of Tiles and Much More!

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

    Hi everyone, I am finding it hard to believe that April is almost here!  Fingers crossed that the cold mornings will be gone for good real soon! The calendar is packed with events like The Good Ms Padgett at the Jalopy Theatre, a book launch U is for Underwear at Powerhouse on 8th, The Pop [...]

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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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    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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    Giveaway: Spring Break Camp (Apr 14-18) at Spoke the Hub!

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

    What is your child doing for sping break?? Spoke the Hub and A Child Grows are giving away a week of camp over spring break – April 14-18th! Join Spoke the Hub for an inspiring week of healthy and sustainable Art, Eating, Living and Moving with their amazing teachers and “green” advocates. Kids bloom and bud [...]

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    Top 10 Signs You’re Raising a Slob

    by Sarah on 3/24/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    If most of parenting is leading by example, than many of us are screwed. Top 10 Signs You’re Raising a Slob 1. You clean the bath toys by kicking them from one end of the tub to the other when you’re taking a shower. 2. There is a slice of cucumber permanently affixed to your [...]

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    Weekday Events for March 24th-27th in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 3/23/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone, March weather is crazy!  Nice one day and not nice the next day!  I am going stay in denial and not check the the weather for later this week. So turns out ice skating got extended a week at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park so NOW this is the last [...]

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    Win a family stay with Kid & Coe

    by Sarah on 3/21/14 | 2 Comment(s)

      (Sponsored) Everyone in this city knows that one of the worst parts of traveling with kids is packing up half of your apartment and schlepping it along with you. Your kid has to play Sophie’s choice with the toys and you have to bring a slew of “travel” items, which are essentially dismantled Ikea [...]

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    Small Kid Big City: Capturing Your Child’s Moments–Birthday Parties!

    by Sarah on 3/21/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick of Photosanity shares her secrets for taking great photos of our kids. Location: Brooklyn Robot Foundry Story: With two kids in school/preschool now, we are heavy into birthday party territory. Last month we went to a special birthday party for one of Liam’s oldest friends, they “met” when they were six or [...]

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    Weekend Events: Charlie’s Kids, School of Rock Grand Opening, Macy’s Flower Show, Scooby-Doo and Much More!

    by Deirdre on 3/20/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone Ahhhhh SPRING is here!  Looks like we will get a good taste of it for the next few days! Another fun weekend is about to start and if you want to get into the mood for Spring you can check out Macy’s Family Fun Day at the Flower Show!   Also happening this [...]

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    Brooklyn Game Lab: Don’t Just Play Games, Build Them!

    by Sarah on 3/20/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Like with most things, I thought I had the Brooklyn Game Lab figured out. I was wrong. I seem to be saying that a lot lately, I’m choosing to see it as a sign of personal growth. Since I walk by the Brooklyn Game Lab everyday I’ve been watching it take shape, going from [...]

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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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    Say Yes to a New Dress: Reality TV Wants You

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

    Who doesn’t love a makeover? Is your favorite part of Frozen when Elsa manifests the snow dress and cape? Do you watch makeover shows and think, “my closet looks so much worse?” Well, you are in luck. A makeover show is searching for “talent” right here in Brooklyn. And when I say “talent” I mean, [...]

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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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    Weekday Events for March 17th-20th in Brooklyn & NYC!

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

    Hi everyone, Happy Purim and Happy St. Patrick’s Day (early).  Hope everyone got to enjoy another short taste of Spring yesterday! This week looks like it will be snow free which is great news for our area because we lots of activities happening.  On Monday you can check out a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at [...]

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    Top 7 Parent Teacher Conference Questions

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

      When I was younger I was very, very shy.  My behavior in elementary school could be described as silent and compliant.  Being called on in class felt like Abu Ghriab-level humiliation torture. I was special (read: broken). After eight hours of that, I would come home and explode, since I actually had quite a [...]