Posts from: January 2016

Overheard on the NPN forum: Remember when you had hobbies?

Before you had kids, you probably worked out, read novels, kept up with the latest music acts and went to concerts...maybe even went to non-kids' museums to enrich your mind. And now? Between the demands of your kids and your job, you're lucky if you can get through one article online and see your friends in a non-playdate situation once every few months. 

A mom of a one-year-old posted on the NPN discussion forum: "Is it normal to lose the time for hobbies for a good 5 years (at ...

Posted on January 29, 2016 at 11:18 AM by Laura Baginski

Philanthropy spotlight: Changing the Face of Beauty

Photo credit: Sarah-beth Photography

Rarely do you see a person with a disability in an ad campaign that has nothing to do with his or her disability. Chicago mom, NPN member and photographer Katie Driscoll aims to change that with her charity, Changing the Face of Beauty. Her goal? To convince retailers large and small to include people with disabilities in their ad campaigns. 

"The common response I receive from the industry is, 'We never even thought about including those with di...

Posted on January 27, 2016 at 11:49 AM by Laura Baginski

This is the baby gear you actually need

Registering for your baby shower can be overwhelming and confusing—how could such a little person need so much stuff? And what the heck is a NoseFrida?! To make the experience more fun than stressful, we recommend bringing a veteran mom friend who's not afraid to tell you what you need, and what you don't. But before you grab that barcode scanner, heed these tips from the baby gear experts at Babies R Us.

Bonus: You can get even more baby gear tips from the experts at Babies R us ...

Posted on January 26, 2016 at 2:07 PM by Babies R Us

Step Up for Kids at Lurie Children’s! Last Day to Register!

Are you looking for a way to make a difference? Step Up for Kids on January 31st is the perfect way to do so. Register today to climb 80 floors to the top of the Aon Center while raising money for the 173,000 patients treated each year at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago! The climb is an inspirational, fun and family-friendly event and a great way to show your support for the kids being cared for at Lurie Children’s.


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Posted on January 26, 2016 at 9:45 AM by Ellie Ander

Overheard on the NPN forum: Should you pay for your babysitter's cab?

For the privilege of going out to dinner or perhaps seeing a movie, we parents shell out quite a bit to our babysitters. It's money well spent, no doubt, but how many of you also fork over cash to pay for your sitter's cab home at the end of the night?

One NPN member posed that question to the discussion forum after her sitter asked her to pay for her Uber home. How many of you do this? If you do pay for transportation home for your babysitter, do you cut back on your sitter's hou...

Posted on January 22, 2016 at 9:28 AM by Laura Baginski

5 things you should know about breastfeeding before giving birth

When you're pregnant, how breastfeeding will work for you won't be apparent until after your little one greets the world and screams for food. You won't know whether your baby will latch easily, how much milk you'll produce, or whether it'll hurt a lot or not at all. But there is still plenty you can do while pregnant to get prepared and educate yourself about how to feed your baby.


Barbara Hardin, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with The Mother's Mil...

Posted on January 21, 2016 at 2:16 PM by Barbara Hardin

NPN exclusive discounts on Chicago summer camps!

Searching for the right summer camp for your child can be more stressful (and pricey) than budgeted. NPN is happy to provide it's members with great summer camp discounts below, as well as a brand new Summer Camp Guide filled with Chicago area camps from sports to creative arts and everything in between!

Chicago Children's Theatre: 40% off registration at any Chicago Children's Theatre summer camp, ages 3-14! Creativity & adventure awaits! Click HERE to get started.

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Posted on January 19, 2016 at 6:20 AM by Ellie Ander

How unplugging made me a happier parent

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A few weeks ago while hanging out with my boys in their playroom, my four year old looked at me and said, “Mommy, I’m so glad you’re playing with us and not with your phone.” There it was, the punch in the gut that totally and utterly changed my social media habit.


You see, I’m a blogger, so social media is absolutely VITAL to my business. But here’s the thing. I wasn’t keeping my work life and home life separate—it creeped in every day through me checking my ...

Posted on January 18, 2016 at 9:59 AM by Amanda Simkin

Overheard on the NPN forum: Dinner help!

Maybe you've made a New Year's resolution to cook more meals at home and rely less on the drive-thru, or maybe it's more of a a constant (and elusive) goal. Most of us would like to struggle less with dinner after a stressful day at work or at home, but how?

NPN members are talking about this issue over a couple different threads today. One member asks about the best meal-delivery service, and many people piped in with their favorites (who knew there were so many??). And another poses ...

Posted on January 15, 2016 at 11:46 AM by Laura Baginski

Write for the next Parent to Parent newsletter!

Our super-awesome Winter 2016 issue is out, and now we're busily working to create the next Parent to Parent print member newsletter—the Toddler Issue!

We're looking for 1st-person, personal accounts of:

Breaking up with your toddler's childcare provider (nanny or daycare)

Tackling speech issues and getting treatment for your toddler

Looking back, advice you'd give yourself about handling the toddler years

Creating an adoption story for your toddler


Posted on January 15, 2016 at 11:09 AM by Laura Baginski