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lingering effects of early sleep deprivation

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

A recent short piece in the New York Times Magazine titled “Infant Sleep is Destiny” showcased the research of Bernier and Carlson. In their research they concluded that there is a longer term effect of infant sleep deprivation (aside from the immediate effect on executive functioning). They reported that as toddlers, the same babies who didn’t get good quality sleep as infants showed signs of lingering effects to their executive functioning. I disagree with the article’s closing comment about there not being anywhere to turn to get advice about what to do if you have a poor sleeper. Helping sleepy babies and toddlers (+ parents) is precisely what we do well!

new iphone app for nyc parents

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Navigating NYC with kids just got a whole lot easier.

iKidNY is the must have app for savvy NYC moms on the move (and diligent urban daddies too).  A true favorite of locals and NYC visitors alike, this essential tool will change your life in the city as you know it.   Imagine being able to find the closest parks, playgrounds, changing tables, indoor playspaces, museums, libraries, subway stations with elevators, kid-friendly restaurants, and more, all with the touch of a button.   We don’t stop being efficient New Yorkers just because we have little ones!

a new sleep bag for babies and toddlers

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

aden + anais sleep bag

Aden + Anais, the maker of all those adorable muslin wraps and blankets we see in and on strollers around town have extended their product line to include sleep sacks.  I, for one, am happy to see another lightweight sleep sack on the market.

sunshine, sunscreen and spf

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Finally, there are some answers the the many questions I had about sunscreen.  Specifically, what really is the difference between different levels of SPF protection and is there really a point where it doesn’t quite matter? And, how much and how often should it be applied?  Confused by SPF? Take a Number gets to the bottom of the SPF wars that have large HBA companies churning out products with 80+ SPF!  This article argues that all those higher SPF numbers are likely to yield is a false sense of protection.  I know that back in my day it was all about baby oil and suntans.  Boy, the times sure have changed.

adorable baby booties

Monday, February 9th, 2009

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These booties from Cherub Shoes are easily one of my favorite gifts to give (and was a favorite to get when my daughter was a wee one).  They are so perfect for those cold winter months and have the extra something that makes them special.  Oh, and they are all an extra 20% off right now!

great massage therapist recommendation

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

I had the pleasure recently of getting a massage from a wonderful massage therapist, Megan Connell, whom I highly recommend.  I didn’t want to leave.  Just the time to myself was priceless.  The added bonus of a relaxing, feel-good massage was wonderful! Can you hear your body thanking you already?

Megan specializes in Swedish and Deep Tissue massage, and has been certified in pre-natal massage by instruction with Susan-Rachel Condon, a midwife and certified Childbirth Educator.    She has worked with a Chiropractor for 4 years, which has allowed her to focus on problems of a specific nature and to have a good understanding of individual muscles and their relationship with each other in movement.

Megan Connell is a graduate of the Swedish Institute and has been practicing massage since 1999. She became interested in bodywork because of her own experience with scoliosis.  Her back was fused at age 15 because of a growing curvature of the spine, and during college this fusion started causing discomfort.  She began working extensively with a teacher of The Alexander Technique, which guides students to understand and change their bodily habits, habits that may be undermining the efficiency and ease of their own body’s use.  This led to an acute interest and understanding of the body, which informs her work as a massage therapist.

For appointments call Megan at 646-489-8090 or email

thanksgiving feeding tips

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Erin at Small Bites shared the following:

Thanksgiving is coming up and many of you are looking forward to sharing this family holiday with your children. Some of you may even be planning a few special kid-friendly recipes in the hopes that your child might sit through the whole meal.

There are many foods at the Thanksgiving table that your children will be able to eat. Even the youngest eaters can eat mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, applesauce, turnips and bread. So try to include all children in the meal. If, however, your toddler does not want to sit through the meal or seems to be completely uninterested in eating at all, don’t put pressure on them to join in.

For many kids, a large gathering of people can be overwhelming. They might feel out of their element and may not be comfortable or feel much like themselves. Because of this, a child at any large gathering may not want to eat much or even eat at all. Don’t worry about it. I believe that all little kids should be given a free pass during these large holiday meals. If your child doesn’t seem to want to eat dinner with the group, try not to force them – simply make a plate for them and set it aside for later when they are ready to eat.

To help make it easier and more comfortable for your child to be a part of the Thanksgiving table, there are many things that you can do to prepare them for the meal:

• Talk to your child ahead of time about what Thanksgiving will be like and who will be there.
• Read books about Thanksgiving.
• Get your child involved in the cooking and/or grocery shopping.
• Ask your child to make a picture or place cards for the Thanksgiving table.
• Let your older child (two years and up) dish out his own food from the main serving dishes.
• Ask your child if she’d like to say something (a story, song, prayer, etc.) at the opening of the meal.
• Most of all, have fun!


Small Bites has partnered with Swellbeing to bring you the following two webinars for January 2009:

Feeding Your Baby (6 months – 1 year)
January 21, 2009
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET

Feeding Your Toddler (1 – 3 years)
January 22, 2009
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET

Please call 212.924.1913 or email to register.

parent-child attachment study recruiting in nyc

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

A team of psychologists and graduate students at the New School are running a study about mother-infant attachment. The aim of this study is to learn more about children’s early relationship to their parents and their later psychological adjustment. They are interested in understanding parental care, child temperament, early child-parent communication, emotional bonding, and other factors associated with later adjustment.They are inviting 200 parent-child dyads into the study and will follow the children from early infancy through to age 5.  You can find out more information about the New School University’s Mother-Child Attachment Research Project on their website. It appears that they are seeking expecting mothers and new mothers of 0-4 month olds.

private vaccination forum, june 7th

Monday, May 26th, 2008

The Yahoo Group, Bowery Babes, has taken their concern and curiosity about vaccinations to bring Dr Robert Sears, author of The Vaccine Book, to NYC to discuss his views. They organized a forum at an intimate venue here in the city, small enough that everyone can ask their questions. They have a few seats left. Please see the details below:

Date: Saturday, June 7th, 2008

Time: 4pm to 6pm

Place: Tribeca Screening Room, 375 Greenwich St., Manhattan

Cost: $65, due no later than Friday, May 28th.

RSVP: Immediately to Mayra Vazquez at
and we will send you an invoice from PayPal.

Maximum 3 tickets per person.

Please include your: Full Name, Email, Telephone Number, How many tickets do you want?

We look forward to seeing/meeting you very soon!


Monday, February 11th, 2008


Lisa is a young mother living in the West Village recently diagnosed with a deadly form of leukemia (AML) that must be cured with a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. DONOR DRIVES ARE LISTED BELOW. Testing is simple, painless and fast. It’s only a registration form and a cheek swab. Lisa’s doctors need to do a bone marrow transplant in the next 4-6 weeks.

Unfortunately, there is currently no perfect genetic match in the banks but doctors say that her Ashnekazi background should make it easy to find a match if we can get enough Jews tested. Not enough Jews are in the bank to save her life as well as others in need. You can help – get tested If you are between the ages of 18 & 55 and of Eastern European (Ashkenazi) descent, get tested to find out if you may be a donor match! Testing involves a mouth swab for saliva on the inner wall of your cheek and only takes a few minutes.

Upcoming Donor Drives in Honor of Lisa

Sunday, February 10
When: 9am – 3pm
Where: Ramaz Middle School,
114 East 85th Street

Monday, February 11
When: 8:00 – 1pm
Where: Rodeph Shalom Congregation
7 W 83rd Street

Tuesday, February 12
When: 8:30am- 12:00pm
Where: JCC of Manhattan,
334 Amsterdam Ave @ 76th St.

Wednesday, February 13
When: 4:00pm-8:00pm
Where: The New Shul @ Village Community School,
272 W. 10th St. btwn Greenwich & Washington Sts.

Thursday, February 14
When: 8:00am-2:30pm
Where: Temple Sharaay Tefilia,
259 E. 79th St. @ 2nd Ave

For more Drives and additional information: