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    Are Your Kids Ready for A Bunk Bed?

    by Sarah on 7/16/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      I think we all have memories of bunk beds from our childhood, either of our obsessive desire for them, or of the rickety version at summer camp, or the sagging version found at a cousin’s house. And in Brooklyn nothing seems like a better idea than two beds for the space of one. 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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    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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    How Much Sleep Does Your Kid Need?

    by Sarah on 4/17/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Sleep, food and poop seem to be the subjects that dominate your life as a parent. But nothing can ruin your day–your kid’s ability to behave, communicate and generally stay on your good side–like sleep, or lack thereof. From the day we brought her home, my daughter was a champion sleeper, to the point that […]

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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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    4 Ideas that Can Help Establish Smooth Bedtime Routines

    by Nicole on 2/09/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    By: Sharon Peters Getting children to bed in a timely way can be a challenge.  Here are four ideas that can help. 1. Play actively with children for as long as you can before getting them ready for bed.  Indoor or outdoor games that get parent and child moving can be a particularly good way […]

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    Co-sleeper- Notes from a blended family: shaken, stirred, and on the rocks

    by Nicole on 2/05/14 | 9 Comment(s)

      By: Rebecca Cooney The term “co-sleeper” is a horrible misnomer. “Co-“ is your garden variety Latin prefix connoting “with” or “together”. “Jointly”. So one would assume that co-sleeping might be this idyllic symbiotic arrangement, the yin and yang of parent and child in rosy-cheeked slumber. Tendrils of lotus-scented musk wafting from a classical painting with […]

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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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    Getting Your Child To Sleep Later

    by Nicole on 7/05/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July! This was the first year my children stayed up for the fireworks. It was probably an ill-advised plan as they missed their regular bedtime by over two hours and my 2 year old still managed to make his first peeps in the morning at 5:30am (which […]

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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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    What to do When Your Toddler Drops Her Nap

    by Nicole on 6/18/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    All parents love nap time. It is essential for kids and for us. So, what do you do when your toddler decides to drop her one and only nap? It can happen for kids aged anywhere from 2.5 years old and up. How do you know when they have actually dropped their nap? Has she really dropped her nap? During the […]

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    Brooklyn Baby Expo Tickets Now Available!

    by Nicole on 4/24/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    The 2014 Brooklyn Baby & Family Expo is happening April 6th in Brooklyn Heights! For more info visit our site: achildgrows.com/expo Click here for tickets! Join us for A Child Grows in Brooklyn’s 3rd Annual Brooklyn Baby & Family Expo on Sunday, April 6th 11am-3pm in Brooklyn, NY! The event will take place at St. Francis […]

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    Traveling with Children? Airplane Survival Tips and Checklist

    by Nicole on 3/19/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Whether you are heading to the beach this spring break or to the relatives during the summer, air travel can be the most painful part of your vacation.  Those of us with a baby or small child dread it, and need I say- so do all the passengers around us? I asked readers for some […]

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    Breastfeeding a Premature Baby

    by Nicole on 12/10/12 | 6 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 […]

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    Putting 2 Kids to Bed in the Same Room

    by Nicole on 12/06/12 | 2 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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    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 […]

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    How much sleep should my child be getting?

    by Nicole on 2/23/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Here I am again. Up late, exhausted and at wit’s end.  I put Willow down to sleep only to find her sitting up in her crib still an hour later.  Birch insists on coming down for a “second dinner”- and, while I admit I enjoy his company while I clean the kitchen, I know these […]

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    Ach! Growing Pains

    by Nicole on 2/02/12 | 8 Comment(s)

    We thought we were golden with our 3.5 year old’s sleep pattern: um, yeah, right! We have had lots of middle-of-the-night wakeups from nightmares and now- growing pains. When our son wails from the pain, I get it. I had them too.  But, what I don’t get is what they are and how to help […]

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    Daylight savings sleep tips!

    by Nicole on 11/04/11 | 1 Comment(s)

    Daylight savings is coming up this Sunday: this is when we move our clocks back one hour and “gain” an extra hour.  Even just an hour change can be a disruption in your child’s (*and yours!) sleeping. Janeen Hayward, a parent consultant at Swell Being, was kind enough to share her daylight savings sleep tips […]

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    It’s Our Turn: Family Sleep Over At Occupy Wall Street

    by Nicole on 10/19/11 | 5 Comment(s)

    If you have wanted to join in on Occupy Wall Street and haven’t been able to do so because of family obligations or if you want to teach your kids about making our voices heard- you now have the opportunity to do so in a safe and festive event.  Parents for Occupy Wall Street is […]

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    What to do when your toddler drops her nap

    by Nicole on 6/23/11 | 7 Comment(s)

    All parents love nap time. It is essential for kids and for us. So, what do you do when your toddler decides to drop her one and only nap? It can happen for kids aged anywhere from 2.5 years old and up. How do you know when they have actually dropped their nap? Has she […]

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    Sleep- how to help your baby get the sleep she needs

    by Nicole on 3/09/11 | 1 Comment(s)

    Soho Parenting has a solid reputation for helping parents with sleep issues. They have been around for a long time and they have some great advice for us parents! Sleep- by Soho Parenting It seems when it comes to babies and sleep the discussion is as heated as the Democrats vs. the Republicans.  Your baby’s […]

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    Good to know about: a pediatrician who does house calls

    by Nicole on 12/17/10 | 1 Comment(s)

    Have you ever ended up waiting in the emergency room for stitches or even a strep test? It seems like children are always getting sick just when your pediatrician’s office is closed. There is a pediatrician’s office that never closes. Dr. Edward Kulich, is a “concierge house call pediatrician” which means his office is always […]

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    Sleep clocks for an early riser (update)

    by Nicole on 10/18/10 | 4 Comment(s)

    Update to 2/4/2010 post: Do you have an early riser? Or a child that yells “get me!” at a way-too-early hour in the morning? Sleep clocks might be a good solution for you.  We were at our wits’ end when we had a newborn and our 2 year old son was getting up at 4:30 […]