Posts from: April 2012

Parent Perks! Discounts on Hubbard Street’s Summer Dance Camps

25% off camp fees on participating Hubbard Street’s Summer Dance Camps.

Hubbard Street Youth Dance Program Experience the joy of dance through our unique and creative summer dance camps. Hubbard Street offers unparalleled experiences for dancers ages 18mos – 13 years taught by outstanding dance faculty.

Families and little dancers (18mos – 5yrs) explore creative movement through concept-based dance activities, developing gross motor skills, dance vocabulary and creativity.  Fun and...

Posted on April 17, 2012 at 2:15 PM by Ellie Ander

Chicago Parents - Go Green, Shop, & Save!

Go Green this week and save some cash!  Shop the Babies, Tots n’ More Children’s Consignment & Boutique Overstock Event April 20th -21st.What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to do something great for our environment and your pocket book? 

Babies, Tots n’ More is Chicago’s first and only seasonal event company.  We  feature thousands of quality, gently-used or new kids’ and maternity items, including children’s clothing (through Youth size 16), shoes, toys, books, games, baby...

Posted on April 16, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Kristin Myers

The 411 on Night Nurses

Chances are, if this is your first baby, you may have not heard of a night nurse.  I’m here to give you the 411 on what a night nurse is and why hiring one before your baby arrives can save you!

Who could use a night nurse? I think there are two kinds of families who need a night nurse: First time parents who have limited experience with babies and families who already have children and really need some extra sleep to survive the long days with the kids. I guess this pretty much sums u...

Posted on April 13, 2012 at 6:30 AM by Jessica Minahan

Green Metropolis Fair: Green is About More than Recycling

The Green Metropolis Fair this Saturday, April 14,  is for individuals and families to come out and learn about Chicago’s green and sustainability community. Being Green is no longer just about recycling. It also includes:


What you eat

Where your food comes from

What you grow in your garden

What type of transportation you use

What you buy for your house, and

What you wear

As one of Chicago’s largest local green fairs, there is something for every...

Posted on April 12, 2012 at 5:17 AM by Melanie Schlachter

Parent-Appoved Problem Solvers for Ages 0-24 Months

Urba Baby is proud to announce our partnership with Neighborhood Parents Network! Now you can purchase an NPN Gift Membership and save a little cash on goods here in our store! At Urba Baby we specialize in bringing not only unique essential items to city moms, but also classes, workshops and events geared toward community growth in Chicago. Here are our highly recommended and parent-tested  problem solvers categorized by age group for your little one or little ones on the way, all at reas...

Posted on April 11, 2012 at 11:30 AM by Marti Goyal

Perk Discount Alert! Sign up for Your FREE SquareCard

A SquareCard Means Savings on Parent-Approved Brands.

To celebrate the launch of its new Chicago SquareCard Program, SquareSpot is offering YOU an exclusive opportunity to sign up for a FREE SquareCard membership (normally $50)!

SquareSpot is an online marketplace dedicated to meeting the needs of discerning moms and families. Launching soon in Chicago with weekly Offers on family-friendly products, classes and services in your neighborhood, we’re different from a deal site. Everyt...

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 1:05 PM by Ellie Ander

Free Fun Every Day of the Week

Like all parents I know, I am constantly on the hunt for fresh ideas for FREE fun for the kiddos.  Here are seven great ideas for filling your week with free fun!


SUNDAY – Explore nature and check out the glass-enclosed beehive at the North Park Village Nature Center.

MONDAY - Be transported into a fabulous fantasyland with a great story read by The Storybook Mom at Little Threads every Monday at 11am.

TUESDAY –Jam with the under 10 crowd Toys et Cetera in Andersonville...

Posted on April 10, 2012 at 5:10 AM by Cindy McCarthy

The ABCs of IEPs

All parents want what’s best for their child.  If your child is having difficulty learning in school, getting help can be complicated, confusing, and frustrating.  The legal standards for special education and the process for meeting those standards is complex.  Trying to decipher the acronyms in the special education world is overwhelming.  IEP?  504?  IDEA?  RTI?  Tackling this task while caring for your child with special needs and managing all of your other responsibilities is nearly impo...

Posted on April 09, 2012 at 5:52 AM by Allison Levine

What's Sprouting Up This Spring for Expecting & New NPN Families

Baby on the way or a new family?  Turn to NPN for the resources you need to get a handle on some serious changes heading your way. RSVP today for events just for new and growing NPN families. Remember to log in first before RSVPing to members only events. You will receive an e-confirmation upon successfully registering.


Expectant/New Parents: Convert Me, Baby! (4/24) - Calling all skeptics! Hear from real moms who got “converted” to less conventional choices like cloth diapering an...

Posted on April 06, 2012 at 5:30 AM by Jay Annadurai

5 Ways to help your little one get more Zzzz’s

Sleep for children is one of the most important requirements in childhood development, and children with sleep issues cannot be taken lightly.  Getting enough sleep is essential to good health and many body functions, such as growth, proper brain development, alertness and memory, healing and healthy immune system functioning.  Through sleep, our bodies recharge and renew for the next day's challenges. Emerging research suggests that too little sleep contributes to attention deficit, hyper...

Posted on April 05, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Dr Sarah Weber