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

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

Moms and babies at a Big City Moms gathering in NYC

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 »

Enjoying the Fall with Your City Baby

Babies and Pumpkins Make for an Adorable Combination

Hard as it is to believe, summer is quickly drawing to a close, and it will soon be time to pack away baby’s bathing suits and sundresses in favor of cardigans and scarves. But lest you think the end of summer means the end of carefree fun with your baby, think again. With the crisp weather comes a plethora of opportunities to spend time enjoying the change of season with your baby.

From apple picking to harvest festivals to Halloween costume shopping and more, you’ll have a blast experiencing all the fall season has to offer with your baby. Indeed, some of the fondest memories I have of my now 4-½-year-old daughter Sadie’s babyhood were those created during her first fall, and I’m very much looking forward to sharing the upcoming season with my 5-month-old son Ben. So what will our family be up to come September, October, and November? More »

Belly Tales: Moms Share Their Funniest Pregnancy Stories

Expectant mom of twins Tara Settembre proudly flaunts her bump.

Pregnant women aren’t exactly inconspicuous. After all, it’s hard to blend into the crowd when you’re sporting a gigantic belly and moving about in a waddle formation. And it seems that passers-by feel that our protruding midsections somehow give license to comment without filter on everything from our belly size (“You must be carrying triplets!” or “You look like you’re ready to pop!”) to how we plan to raise our children (“You’re planning to breastfeed, right?”).  I asked some of my favorite moms and moms-to-be to share their most memorable pregnancy moments with me, and, not surprisingly, they had plenty of stories to share! More »

Chilling Out with Your Bump: Tips for Keeping Cool in the Summer Heat While Pregnant

Expectant Mom Maria Colaco and her daughter Lily sipping chilled coconut drinks in NYC's Chinatown

We all know about the pregnancy glow, but what about the pregnancy glisten? Those of you who have sported a bump during the dog days of summer know exactly what I mean. After all, carrying around an extra person (or two!) doesn’t exactly lend itself to staying cool, calm and collected in even the mildest of climates, let alone in the sweltering heat that pervades the city during the summer months. So what’s an expectant city mama to do?

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How to Shower a City Baby: Tips for Planning a Baby Shower in the Big City

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When it comes to feting a big city mom-to-be, there’s lots more to consider than just diaper cakes and baby buggies. Here are some tips to help you throw the perfect baby shower for your city-dwelling BFF. More »

Hot Town, Summer in the City: 6 Tips for Surviving the Heat with Your Baby

Anya in Central Park Spray Ground

I moved to New York City from Los Angeles over a decade ago, in the midst of a June heat wave the likes of which this native Californian never could have imagined.  To make matters worse, as a newbie New  Yorker I didn’t foresee quite how unbearable it would be to live during this heat wave in a 5th-floor walkup apartment that lacked air-conditioning (really, you can’t make this stuff up).  Suffice it to say, I skedaddled from that living situation as soon as possible!  Air conditioning or not, however, city summers are sweltering, and keeping cool, especially with kids in tow, is no easy feat.

Here are a few suggestions to keep you and your baby cool all summer long…

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Ease on Down the Road: A Guide to Your Baby’s First Road Trip

Sadie in Car Seat on Mother's Day

With airfare at an all-time high and airline policies that aren’t quite family-friendly (i.e. eliminating pre-boarding and charging families a fee to sit together), road trips are an increasingly appealing way to satisfy your thirst for travel and begin to introduce your baby to the world around her. Whether you’re headed out of town for the day, a week or even longer, you’ll want to be as prepared as possible. Choosing your destination, packing the right gear (and the right amount of gear), and being prepared for the little hiccups (and spit-ups) that inevitably will occur along the way will make for a much smoother ride.

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Father’s Day Fun: Treat Dad to a Great Day on the Town!

Sadie & Daddy at Cyclones Game

Ask any new dad what he’d like for Father’s Day, and it’s a safe bet that he’ll request a good night’s sleep! As well he should, since you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone more tired than a mother or father of an infant or toddler. So go ahead and let Dad sleep in on his big day, but don’t forget there’s lots of dad-friendly fun to be had in the city once he wakes up!

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Parenting in a Concrete Jungle: Raising a Kid in the City

New York's High Line Park

They say if you can make it in New York City, you can make it anywhere. Similarly, if you can make it here as a parent, then not only can you make it anywhere, but make it while simultaneously defying gravity and walking on water. Don’t get me wrong. I’m certainly not saying that parenting in the ‘burbs is a cakewalk, but parenting in an urban environment is often enough to bring even the toughest moms and dads to their knees. And just when you think you’ve figured it all out, a school re-zoning or broken subway elevator reminds you that, when it comes to urban parenting, the concrete jungle will never fully be tamed.

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