Author - Sarah Cobb

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Sarah joined NPN in 2007. She would not have survived her daughter's sleepless nights, endless spit up, & pacifier addiction without her New Moms Group.

NPN 2013 School Fairs - What to Expect & How to Prepare

School Fair season has arrived! Since Chicago School Search is so overwhelming and parents want to make the most of their School Fair visit, we are here to help you get ready! 

The fairs are set up as an expo with schools, enirchment programs, and childcare exhibitors set up in rows around the room.  Attendees can walk around and talk with representatives from public and private preschool and elementary schools, non-profits, and businesses with activities and services that cater to little ...

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM by Sarah Cobb

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

Come play at Chicago Kids Day & School Fundraiser!

Warm weather is here!  Street festivals are starting to pop up everywhere.  BUT the best in festivals for kids is this weekend's 7th annual  Chicago Kids Day.  You and your little ones do not want to miss this day dedicated to children's health & wellness - with huge amounts of fun thrown in for just $10 a family.


SCHOOL FUNDRAISER NEWS!!!  Moolagram will donate $5 per download when you use the share c...

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM by Sarah Cobb

5 Reasons to Rock at Family Festival #GIVEAWAY

It's cold and there is no better way for your whole family to warm up than at this Saturday's NPN's 5th Annual Wake Up & Boogie Down Family Festival.  Party with us from 9:30am-12:30pm at The Cubby Bear - Wrigleyville. Thank you to Time Out Chicago Kids and 101.9fm The Mix for helping us make this party truly rock.  If you need to bring your wheels - Britax, BOB, and Stroller Strides will take good care of you at Stroller Parking 

#GIVEAWAY NEWS: Leave a comment below and get entered t...

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 10:45 AM by Sarah Cobb

The 10 Best New Year's Resolutions for Parents

As we wrap up another year, we are all reading and thinking about New Year's Resolutions.  As parents, lets all try to focus on what will make our most important job better, more fun, and bring on lots of little smiles and hugs.  These are resolutions worth keeping!

Read more.  No matter how young or old you baby is, read more to and with your child. Read anything - books, magazines, newspapers, greeting cards, street signs, menus, and more. 
Unplug more.  Put down the phone, cell, ip...

Posted on January 04, 2013 at 7:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

10 things moms wish they knew before going into labor

As you get the nursery ready, think about how you are going to count contractions, and contemplate what to pack in your hospital bag, NPN moms have 10 things they wish they knew before the big day!  

Try to relax – get a pedicure, haircut, squeeze in a nap, go out with friends, and do whatever helps you unwind – it is much harder to do these things after the baby arrives
Post-partum reality - the effects of delivery are often suprising, messy, and uncomfortable.  Every person is diffe...

Posted on January 02, 2013 at 9:30 AM by Sarah Cobb

What Moms Recommend You Pack for the Hospital

When you are getting your hospital bag ready – the general lesson learned is don’t bring too much.  It gets messy in there and when you are scrambling to get home with your precious little bundle(s) – you don’t want to have to worry about a lot of stuff to pack and bring home:


Paperwork & wallet – driver's license, insurance, ID, birth plan (if you have one), cash/credit card, hospital paperwork, etc.
Car seat properly installed in ...

Posted on December 27, 2012 at 8:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

Family Winter Survival Tips & Stroller Giveaway!

Not yet an NPN Facebook fan? Check out our Holiday Fun #Giveaway!! One (1) lucky fan will win a BOB Revolution SE Stroller & Britax Stroller Organizer ($477 value)! Click here to enter. Contest ends December 13th at 11:59 CST. 

Winter. Every year I wonder why we suffer through the bitter cold and endless gray skies and then I remember - we can't live in this great city without it!

For parents, winter presents other challenges, from fighting off cabin fever to dealing with a little o...

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

You've Got Mail! NPN Forum Private Messaging is here!

It is finally here!  NPN Members can now send and receive Private Messages via our Discussion Forums!  

We have all been there - you want to get in touch with another NPN member and you don't want to post your personal contact information:

A crib is for sale and you want to buy it
A nanny posted her services
A family wants to do a nanny share or recommend their nanny
A parent is going through a rough situation where you feel like you can help
You want to contact a parent ...

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 7:00 AM by Sarah Cobb

Oct 13 Preschool & Elementary School Fair - Must-Have Details

The Saturday, Oct. 13 Annual NPN Preschool & Elementry School Fair is just days away!  Here are all of the details you need to prepare, arrive, and have a great school search experience. 


Read School Fair 101 for what to expect and how to prepare.
Create your Must-Visit list - what exhibitors you want to make sure you connect with.  To see who will be exhibiting at this Saturday's School Fair - scroll to the bottom of the School Fair Event page.

Posted on October 08, 2012 at 10:00 AM by Sarah Cobb