Posts from: August 2013

Safety First: Questions for your childcare provider

There are so many factors that are important when choosing the right child care provider, but above all else we want our children cared for in a safe environment.Kids In Danger has pulled together a list of safety questions to ask your provider to make sure your child is in a safe space.

2-3 children’s products are recalled a week for safety hazards, how do you keep up with children’s products recalls?

The provider should tell you they are signed up to receive recall alert ...

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Dev Gowda

Becoming a Mom: What Your Friends Don’t Tell You

Sleepless nights, cracked nipples and a body that I hardly recognized: these were just a few of the startling discoveries I made after having my first child. Why didn’t my friends tell me how exciting, exhausting, scary, and awe-inspiring it was to become a mom?

Now that I am a social worker at The Blossom Method, a Chicago therapy center for women and couples that focuses on fertility, pregnancy loss, premature births, genetic testing, and postpartum depression, I make sure to share t...

Posted on August 15, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Aviva Cohen

Strollers First 5K & Festival - Form a team!

Chicago & NPN Friends:

Did you know that NPN’s Strollers First 5K & Festival is Sunday Sep. 15th? That’s right! The Strollers First 5K & Festival is a beyond family-friendly race that includes a timed 5K run, 5K walk, all-ages kid’s dash, and a FREE family festival at Lakeshore East Park.  Lakeshore East Park is located east of Michigan Ave. and north of upper Randolph Street.  Runners and Walkers with strollers get to lead their own start times!  The family festival will r...

Posted on August 14, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Amy Johnson

Perks! Discounts on Health & Wellness

From kid-geared adventure fitness to cleaning services, NPN's Parent Perks featuring discounts on Health & Fitness are sure to get you moving!

Adventure to Fitness is America's #1 educational fitness program, taking kids on video adventures around the globe while they exercise, learn, and have fun! NPN Parents are entitled to a 15% discount on all Adventure to Fitness products with code NPN15 at checkout. More info.

Clean My Buggy Boo is the premier green cleaning service for baby g...

Posted on August 13, 2013 at 6:15 AM by Ellie Ander

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grown-Up City Fun (August 12 - August 18)

Wondering what to do this week in Chicago with and w/out your kids? Our NPN calendar is chock full of FREE and DISCOUNTED events for kids and parents needing a mental break or extra fun.


FREE & Open to the Public:


- Monday, August 12, Play Date @ The Land of Nod

- Tuesday, August 13, Parents Night Out @ SIP/Southport & Irving

- Wednesday, August 14, WMG - Casual Lunch @ Rosebud Express

- Thursday, August 15, Mom's BY...

Posted on August 12, 2013 at 7:15 AM by Becky Reno

Feel like a Chicago Tourist for FREE with your kids

This is the perfect time of year to spend the day as a tourist in your own city of Chicago!  Try this advernture with your little ones.

Attraction:  Millennium Park/ Target Tent/ Crown Fountain

Playgrounds: Lakeshore East Playground 

There is no better way to spend a summer day than at Millennium Park.  Here is how a typical day would work with my two girls and me. We would hop on the Brown Line el about 8:30am and get off at the Library Brown Line stop (it is the closest ...

Posted on August 09, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Mistie Lucht

Safer Home with a Smartphone: 4 Apps That Can Help Create a More Secure Family Environment

If you're like a lot of new parents today, you probably feel as though you couldn't have survived those first few months without a smartphone for late night time checks and frantic questions. Once you're past the first stage of getting used to your new family member, however, your smartphone comes in handy on a whole new level. Smartphone apps are now available that can monitor and in some cases even control several aspects of your home such as:

Lighting levels


Posted on August 08, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Rheney Williams

Declutter, Earn Cash & Help Other Families! PLUS VIP GIVEAWAY

No one ever told me that when I decided to have children, I was also volunteering to forfeit a large portion of my home.  City living can be a challenge when space is limited and… kids need so much stuff!  Fortunately, there is a smart (and profitable) way to recycle your children’s gently used items while also helping other families with their bottom line.  Participate in a seasonal consignment event.

The Chicago based Babies, Tots n’ More Consignment Events feature maternity items an...

Posted on August 07, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Kristin Myers

Perks! Up to $100 off Classic Kids Photography!

Exclusively for NPN families, Classic Kids Photography, in Lincoln Park, is thrilled to host a special NPN holiday photo shoot event during the months of August & September! Classic Kids can help you get your annual holiday photo shoot AND cards checked off the list early this year…let them do it all for you!

Option 1: Mini Photo Shoot & 75 holiday cards from Classic Kids' exclusive CK Designs line.  Package price: $375, Value: $455. More info.

Option 2: Special FULL Photo ...

Posted on August 06, 2013 at 6:05 AM by Ellie Ander

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grown-Up City Fun (August 5 - August 12)

Wondering what to do this week in Chicago with and w/out your kids? Our NPN calendar is chock full of FREE and DISCOUNTED events for kids and parents needing a mental break or extra fun.


FREE & Open to the Public:


- Tuesday, August 6, New Mom's Group @ Gymboree South & West Loop

- Wednessday, August 7, New Mom's Group - Working Moms @ Elizabeth's House

- Sunday, August 12, Fit & Healthy Families  - Back to School Sports ...

Posted on August 05, 2013 at 12:24 AM by Becky Reno