Celebrate Parenthood at North Jersey’s own Listen to Your Mother

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Listen to Your Mother 2014When was the last time you were told to “Listen to your mother”? In May, Baristaville will have a chance to listen to many stories of motherhood from all points of view. After several days of auditions that narrowed down almost 100 stories about mothers and motherhood, the selected authors for the inaugural year of the North Jersey Listen to Your Mother cast are getting ready to share their words with all of us at the South Orange Performing Arts Center on May 10th at 5 PM.

Organizers Sandy Rustin and Deborah Goldstein narrowed down the scores of auditions to fifteen authors and performers, many from the Maplewood/South Orange area. Each performer will share their personal stories, some humorous, some heartbreaking, as Listen to Your Mother (LTYM) continues its tradition of giving motherhood a microphone — this time in New Jersey!

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New Baby Gifts: Useful and Unique

BY  |  Monday, Apr 14, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

NURSE PURSEGiving baby gifts can be difficult for those who want to give something useful, not just adorable. The last thing we want to do for our friends is add to their work – or clutter – when a new baby comes onto the scene. At the recent Brooklyn Baby & Family Expo, Barista Kids found several great ideas for baby and family gifts that are both useful and attractive.

First, the Nurse Purse is a traditional gift with a twist for mothers who decide to breastfeed their babies and work out of the home. This bag is made to hold a pump while still looking professional and beautiful. With easy access to the pump through the bag, there is no need to break down the pump between uses, and its roomy design provides space for files, personal items, and even a laptop. The various designs are grown-up and modern, allowing the bags to evolve in use as your child gets older.

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Watchung Booksellers Kids Bookmark Contest 2014

BY  |  Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Kids' Bookmark Contest!

It’s time for Watchung Booksellers annual kid’s bookmark contest, which is a great opportunity for creative kids to show off their talents. This year the theme is inspired by  Sparky! by Jenny Offill and Chris Appelhans and asks — What Does Your Dream Pet Look Like?

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Local Child Care Solutions Found Via Brooklyn Baby & Family Expo

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 08, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

brooklyn baby & family expoThe Brooklyn Baby & Family Expo, organized this past weekend by A Child Grows in Brooklyn, was bursting with useful and fun information for expecting and recent parents. And while many of the services were more relevant for NYC parents, Barista Kids found two child care services that could help make local parents’ social plans and child care options a little less stressful.

One of the reasons our area is a popular home-buying destination is its proximity to New York City. Whether for work or socializing, having access to Manhattan’s dining and entertainment options is a boon — especially for special occasions and celebrations. However, finding childcare for a night out or for overnight is a challenge with both scheduling and cost.

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Daylight Saving Time: Sleep Tips for Children

BY  |  Friday, Mar 07, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Daylight Saving Time

On Sunday, March 9 we “spring ahead” our clocks one hour for Daylight Saving Time. While it brings welcome extra daylight in the afternoons and early evening, it can wreak havoc on sleep, especially in children.

If you’re worried about losing even more sleep than the one hour, we have some tips that may help make it a smooth transition.

Dream Team Baby, baby sleep trainers, offers this advice:

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Blasting Sleep Machines May Hurt Your Baby’s Hearing

BY  |  Tuesday, Mar 04, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

Sleep MachineHands down the best gift I received when my second daughter was born was a sleep machine from Brookstone. It was given to me by a mom of four who knew from experience that white noise would drown out a noisy toddler and help a newborn sleep. My first daughter was the world’s worst sleeper, so I was desperate for any sleep aids. My new baby turned out to be a champion sleeper, partly perhaps because she just was wired that way, but I can’t help but believe that the sleep machine helped.

She is 6 years old now and still sleeps with the sleep machine on. Actually, she can’t sleep without it. So yes, it becomes habit forming, but to me, it was a small price to pay for getting your child to sleep better.

But a “not so small price to pay” is the hearing damage that a baby can suffer if you blast the white noise and put the machine too close to your baby’s crib.

A new study, published online Monday by the journal Pediatrics, says parents should be cautious with sleep machines because they can generate sound levels that could place infants at risk of developing noise-induced hearing loss.

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Winter Storm Survival with Books for Young Children

BY  |  Saturday, Mar 01, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

NoTwoAlike Are you as excited as I am about another snow storm? Yeah, I thought so. At least it’s March already, right?

Parents with very young children especially need some additional distractions during winter weather, and happily, there is no shortage of beautiful books that allow children and parents to get through cold, snowy days and nights. Two new children’s books are perfect for helping us appreciate the joys of winter and snuggling with family.

No Two Alike, by Keith Baker, follows two happy red birds through a detailed winter landscape as they explore their wintry world. Small children love repetition, and the text provides many opportunities for them to anticipate words and surprises. In addition, as the title No Two Alike implies, the birds discover many items — nests, leaves, roads, trees — that are almost, almost alike, but not quite.

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Ella Jenkins Freshens Up ABCs and 123s

BY  |  Friday, Jan 31, 2014 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Ella Jenkins ABCs and 123sYoung children never tire of learning and re-learning their ABCs and 123s. It’s the parents who groan inwardly when Again! is demanded before the last book or song has even ended. That’s why comfortable and inventive collections like Ella Jenkins: 123s and ABCs is perfect for listening in the car or actively playing with your young children at home.

More like eavesdropping on an entertaining preschool class than a CD, “First Lady of Children’s Music” Ella Jenkins takes children through sixteen songs and games that include counting in Spanish, Swahili, and Hebrew. In addition to ABC songs, Ella teaches simple counting games like One Potato, Two Potato and Ten Green Bottles.

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Top 10 Tips for After Birth

BY  |  Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)


Congratulations, you’re having a baby!  Here are 10 tips for after birth that will help you feel prepared, confident, and empowered during labor, recovery and with your new baby:

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Ask a Parent-Infant Social Worker for Parenting Hacks

BY  |  Monday, Jan 27, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Parenting HacksOur friends over at The Longest Shortest Time are hosting a Google Hangout on Parenting Hacks—those creative workarounds to your kids’ challenging behavior. They want to hear about your hacks that have worked, and your parenting challenges that could use a good hack. Your questions could be answered by a parent-infant social worker during this live event!

What: Parenting Hacks Hangout
Where: Google Hangouts; will be embedded LIVE at The Longest Shortest Time and The Daily Beast
Hosts: Hillary Frank (Longest Shortest Time), Michael Moynihan (Daily Beast) &Alyson McCormick (parent-infant social worker)
When: Wednesday, January 29; 8PM EST

What is a parenting hack?
A “parenting hack” is any workaround to your child’s behavior that you wouldn’t typically find in a parenting book. Maybe you let your kid tire herself out till she passes out face-down on the floor; maybe you feed her her dessert BEFORE her meal; maybe you bring her breakfast in bed to end a freakout over there not being any eggs left in the fridge; maybe you’ve driven him around the airport all night long to get him to sleep.

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