Posts from: May 2013

Summer Break, Not Allowed

Summer brings a variety of opportunities to engage and enrich your child’s learning experience.  Just because school is out doesn’t mean your child shouldn’t exercise his/her young mind.  Taking a simple trip to the park to throw a ball helps develop motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and physical endurance. You can also help your child explore their creative side by working on fun arts and crafts activities.

In addition to the above typical fun activities, there are plenty of more s...

Posted on May 31, 2013 at 6:57 AM by Marisa Mathews

Get Ready to Save Big - Babies, Tots n' More Beverly Event

Let’s face it, kids grow fast!  It feels like just yesterday that I was bringing my precious baby home for the first time, swimming in his newborn sized outfit.  Four years later, that same outfit looks like the perfect dress up prop for a toy doll.  I wish that my pocketbook grew as fast as he did! 

Fortunately, I have found a way to dress my boys in the best, while saving a ton of money; shopping a Consignment Event.  It only happens a few times a year, but I stock up for the en...

Posted on May 30, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Kristin Myers

Encouraging Early Literacy Skills with Your Preschooler

Around the age of three, many children start showing “meta-linguistic awareness”; this means that they start noticing the structure of language.  They may demonstrate this awareness by making up silly words or laughing at the sounds of words.   Some children might even notice rhyming words.  Meta-linguistic awareness is essential to literacy development.  It includes sound awareness (phonological awareness) and print awareness.   We can encourage meta-linguistic awareness when we talk to o...

Posted on May 29, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Anna Rooney

A Parent's Common Sense Guide to Water Safety

I think every parent understands that gut-wrenching feeling of being near a body of water and knowing that your children are not capable of swimming. A few summers ago, my husband and I spent many sleepless nights worrying about that very thing when we planned a vacation with a nearby pool - our children were not strong swimmers. It was an experience that I truly believe led me to open a swim school in the city. As the owner of Goldfish Swim School, in Roscoe Village, and a mother myself, ...

Posted on May 28, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Kathy Ryan

5 Ways to Find and Ensure Great Child Care

Most working parents want the very best child care they can afford, and for good reason. Research shows that the early years of childhood are the most important for brain development. Quality child care can help shape a child’s mind and prepare him or her to enter school with better math, language and social skills – skills that give a child a good start in school and in life!

With so much riding on the right choice, how can you be sure that the child care provider you choose will prov...

Posted on May 27, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Janice Lopez

What to do this week in Chicago-Family & Grown-Up City Fun (May 26 - June 1)

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:


- Mon., May 27, Family Picnic @ Peirce Elementary School Park

- Tues., May 28, Moms in Business Lunch & Chat @ Taco Diablo

- Fri., May 31, Summer Playdate: Teeny Weeny and Tots (0-2 yrs playdate) @ Bubbles Academy

- F...

Posted on May 26, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Amy Johnson

You asked, we answered: Safety Q & A

Over the years, KID has answered hundreds of product safety related questions. Below are some of the most common questions that we get asked- maybe one of them is yours!

Don’t bumper pads make cribs safer by preventing babies from hitting their head against the crib rails or getting their arms and legs caught? 


Originally, when crib slats were far apart, bumpers were added to keep babies from falling through the slats and getting injured.  But the standards for slats was chan...

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Dev Gowda

Family travel tips, tricks, & toys - Flying with kids

Travel is hectic, tedious and frustrating for the most seasoned jet setter so now try mixing in 1 (or more) small children and you start to fear and want to plan for the worst.  Thanks to NPN parents, we have their list of secret weapons!  Here is an arsenal of ideas for your airplane bag.

Old School:

Etch-a-sketch or a Magna Doodle
Books and stickers
Paper and crayons
Playing cards – sort, stack, and pass them around!
Arts & crafts - anything from pipe cleaners to Me...

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

5 Tips To Gaining Control (Down There!) Before & After Baby

As a Pilates expert working with a vast population of women, I have found that regardless of age, fitness ability or level of body awareness, all women are intrigued by information about the topic of the pelvic floor (PF). Without an owner’s manual, influencing this important and empowering area of the body can feel confusing and elusive.  Below are five easy ways to gain awareness and control over the PF that can be practiced before, during and after pregnancy. 

*If you are experienci...

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Jenna Zaffino

The Problem with Baby Registries

I was too superstitious to register for my baby, so I can’t speak from personal experience. But, if registering for a baby is anything like registering for a wedding, I’m an expert. When you register, it’s so easy to imagine the life you want to have – the kind where you make waffles from scratch for breakfast and bake your own bread. It’s the same with a baby – you’re going to make your own baby food all the time, your baby will love that cute blanket and that type of bottle your friend r...

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Merav Benson