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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Union Cong Weekday Nursery School’s Eco-Friendly Pet

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Union Cong Weekday Nursery School

Lunchtime at Union Cong Weekday Nursery School offered a fun, new experience for the 3 year old class.  The children began noticing the interesting materials that contained their food and drink, so the teachers and students decided to collect the caps,bottles, plastic bags and aluminum foil to create.

In  group circle they brainstormed and voted on whether to make a train, truck, tree or pig. The pig won! After thourough research at the school library, they sculpted with paper mache then detailed their creature with the recycled lunch pieces. The kids shared ideas during circle and voted again to name our new pet — Lunchbox!



Spring Break Vacation Activity Books: Dino Supersaurus

BY  |  Friday, Mar 28, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

uk-2000stickers-1 In just a short while, families around Baristaville will be getting ready to take some holiday time both afar or as stay-cations for spring break. And with the changeable weather we’ve had, chances are at least a day or two will need some assistance to keep fun and peace in the family. Stomping onto the amusement scene is a set of activity books from Parragon Books called New Dino City called Dino Supersaurus.

Three books, each with elements of graphic stories, sticker games, and activity workbooks, are sure to keep the kids happy during a trip or on a rainy day. Officially recommended for ages 6 – 12, Barista Kids believes that children on the higher end of the age scale will find it a bit simple, but still enjoyable. Parents should know that as fun and silly as the stories and drawings are, they are not babyish. The drawings have a sense of cartoonish dino-violence and even some potty humor, all greatly appreciated by children of a certain age.

The best part of these books is the combination of activities in each.

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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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Mi Casa, Tu Casa Returns to Luna Stage

BY  |  Friday, Feb 28, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Mi Casa, Tu Casa

The Mi Casa Band and stellar storytellers are back to present Mi Casa, Tu Casa at Luna Stage on March 1 and 8 with their vibrant blend of music and stories for the entire family. This special presentation is part of “The New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival.”

This bilingual play highlights the universal elements of Latin American folklore and opens doors to a wide range of world cultures. Musicians and storytellers are your guides on this journey through time, place, and imagination. Even audience members become part of the fiesta in this unique interactive experience.

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