Learn strategies for navigating public transportation, crowded streets and small living spaces from Manhattan mom Monica Storch.

4 Must-Follow Tips for Planning a Baby-Friendly Getaway

4 Must-Follow Tips for Planning a Baby-Friendly Getaway

It’s pretty hard to believe summer’s almost over. (Seriously, where did it go?!) If you’re anything like me, you’re probably looking to ditch your current surrounings right about now while the weather’s still nice. But if this is your first trip with a baby or toddler in tow, not so fast there — you’ve got some major planning to do first.

From choosing the right locale to packing the right gear, any parent will tell you there’s a lot to consider when it comes to traveling with little ones. Here are some of my personal tips I’ve learned along the way: More »

4 Small Ways to Save Big in the City — with a Baby

Tips & Tricks for Parenting in the Big City — on a Budget

City living may be many things, but it’s definitely not cheap. Between housing costs, taxi fare and grocery prices that leave us shaking our heads in disbelief, it seems we’re constantly engaged in feats of financial acrobatics. Throw a baby (or two) into the mix and things get even trickier. Fortunately, urban parents are a resourceful bunch, and most city moms and dads have more than a few tips and tricks up their sleeves when it comes to navigating the expensive wilds of the concrete jungle.  Here are some of my favorite wallet-friendly tips: More »

City Mom: Best of 2012

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Happy New Year! As we head into 2013, we’re looking back at the most popular posts from the past year. Whether you’re just joining us as a newly expecting parent or continuing in your parenting journey, we think you’ll find these stories helpful to navigating your way in the big city.

Tiny Bottoms, Big City: Changing Your Baby’s Diaper (Almost) Anywhere
Changing baby’s diaper is no easy feat in any locale, but changing a diaper in the middle of Manhattan requires an unparalleled degree of dexterity, patience and determination. More »

The Best Gifts for a City Baby

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They say good things come in small packages, and when it comes to gifting a city baby, truer words have never been spoken.  It’s hard enough finding room in a city apartment for a diaper pail and changing table, let alone all of the gifts that well-meaning (and extremely generous) friends and relatives will bestow upon your baby during his or her first holiday season.  Providing potential gifters with some helpful guidance will minimize the chances that you’ll be sharing your small space with a life-size plush gorilla. More »

Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Enjoying the Holiday Season with Your City Baby

Meeting Mrs. Claus at Disneyland, Photo by Monica Storch

The holiday season is a truly magical time of year, and one in which you’ll be creating lasting memories with your baby.  I still have fond recollections of our family piling in the car to drive around the suburban California town in which I grew up to see the holiday lights, especially a particularly spectacular neighborhood known as “Candy Cane Lane.”  And of course, the holidays of my youth always necessitated numerous trips to the mall to pick up just the right gifts for everyone on our list.  Indeed, finding a parking spot on Christmas Eve was something of a rite of passage for all of us!  Holidays here in the big city are just as enchanting as those of our suburban counterparts (indeed, I’d argue that the holiday spirit is even more vibrant in the concrete jingle jungle), and with a bit of planning, you’ll be poised to enjoy the magic of the season with your baby all December long! More »

City Mom Must: The Handy Dandy Umbrella Stroller

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City living offers a wealth of options when it comes to entertaining your baby.  From story times to puppet shows to music classes and more, a city babe’s social calendar is full to the brim.  The question for city moms isn’t what to do with their tots, but rather how to get said tots to and from their myriad activities as quickly and efficiently as possible.  I’ve found that the best way to zip up, down and across town with my kids has hands-down been via a lightweight umbrella stroller. More »

Take-Along Tots: Tips for Holiday Travel with Your Baby

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Ah, the holiday season. A time to revel in good friends, tasty food and lots and lots of family togetherness. But with the stuffing, stockings and presents also comes the dreaded “T” word: travel. Traveling with your baby during the holidays is a rite of passage all parents must endure at some point, and with the right amount of preparation it need not be as daunting an experience as it might seem. Indeed, having now made several holiday season cross-country trips with our 4 ½ year-old daughter Sadie, my husband and I like to think that we’ve garnered a degree of wisdom that will serve us well as we experience holiday travel with Sadie and her 7-month-old brother Ben.

Though I’m by no means an expert, here are some tips and tricks that I’ve found helpful in planning my holiday travel with kids. More »

Mornings in the Park and Other Tips for New Moms in the City

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You know those new moms who appear as though they totally have it all figured out?  Pushing their perfectly dressed babies in their perfectly fancy strollers whilst sporting perfectly coiffed hair and perfectly applied makeup, all the while making it look as though this perfect persona took no effort whatsoever?  Well, think of the complete opposite of that and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what I was like during my first few months (OK, years) of motherhood. As trite as it sounds, it’s absolutely true that nothing can truly prepare you for the challenge that parenting presents. That doesn’t mean, however, that a mom-to-be couldn’t benefit from a few pieces of advice from someone who’s been-there, done-that, particularly when it comes to navigating life as a new mom in the big city.  It would be impossible to come up with a comprehensive list of everything you need to know, but there are a few tips I wish I’d known when I was starting out. More »

The Hi-Rise Hustle: Celebrating Halloween with Your City Baby

Halloween Fun with Big City Moms / Photo by Suzanne Cohen

Growing up in Southern California, my Halloweens were filled with the stuff suburban dreams are made of.  Each October 31st, my sister and I would don our costume of choice without ever having to top it with a jacket (the thermometer rarely dipped below 65 degrees even on the coldest of Halloweens), grab a pillowcase each and head out into the night to trick-or-treat to our heart’s content in our sprawling tract housing development.  We’d never fail to collect massive quantities of candy that I somehow would manage to squirrel away until Valentine’s Day, at which time it was obviously quite unappealing.  I always assumed that when I had kids their Halloweens would look nearly identical to the ones I fondly recalled from my own childhood. Boy, was I wrong!

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“Is This Park Bench Taken?” Tips for Finding Your City Mom Community

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Meeting new mom friends is a lot like dating. You’re both feeling a bit awkward and insecure (“Will they notice the spit-up all over my shirt?”), carrying some baggage (except now you get to call it “gear”), looking for stimulating conversation (actually, any conversation that involves a human being responding in words you can actually comprehend will do), and wondering where this will all lead (“Will I ever see her again when I go back to work in three months?”). If the prospect of engaging in the new mom mambo seems overwhelming and intimidating, don’t despair. With a bit of moxie, and a minimal amount of showering, you’ll be navigating the mama circuit like a pro. Here are some tips to help you get started. More »