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MTA Hands Out Baby on Board Buttons to Pregnant Straphangers

When a female subway rider offered her seat on the uptown 6 train to one of our Mommy Poppins editors who was well into her third trimester of pregnancy, the gentleman beside her suddenly came to life.

"Oh sorry, didn't know if you were pregnant or just fat." Dude. A new MTA pilot program launched on Mother’s Day 2017 aims to clear up that, ahem, confusion.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which includes NYC’s subways and buses, but also the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad, will provide two types of wearable buttons for anyone who requests them due to a temporary or permanent disability: “Baby on Board!” or “Please offer me a seat.” Both buttons carry the slogan “Courtesy Counts,” and are designed to “encourage customers to move their feet and offer a seat for pregnant riders, seniors and those with a disability who are seeking seats,” according to a MTA statement.

Connecticut Farmers' Markets and Farm Stands Kids Will Love

Connecticut has more than 100 certified CT Grown Farmers' Markets in the state to check out this summer, so it is easy to take the family out for a fun day of shopping for fresh, local produce. Many of the markets are mini destinations where children can be entertained while learning about the importance and nutrition of locally grown food. We love to pick our own berries when they are in season, too, so check out our list of our favorite Pick Your Own Farms in CT.

Here are suggestions on kid-friendly markets, so get out there, eat some healthy food, have fun, and explore! 

It's Consignment Season, Clean Your Closets and Cash In

It's finally getting warm out, spring is in the air, and you are probably starting your spring cleaning tasks! If those tasks include clearing out your kid's closets and attempting to downsize the growing mass of post-holiday toys, then you are in luck—spring is peak consignment sale season! While it might be tempting to just toss the growing pile of clothes and toys, but what you have on your hands is a treasure trove. With proper planning and a little effort, you can turn that pile into a cash advance on your next big purchase, or use it to restock your child's growing wardrobe needs.

Here are our top tips for making your consignment efforts worthwhile:

10 Mom-Approved Tips for Attending the Rodeo With Kids

It can be a daunting task to saddle up for the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, but as Houstonians it's basically our civic duty to go at least once a year. Before heading out, there are some key details you should know, like ticket and parking basics, and it's definitely worth reading over what FREE activities are offered for the kiddos. But there's no better advice and tips than what you'll get from fellow mamas. Read on for 10 tips and tricks from Houston moms who have braved the crowds, pushed the umbrella strollers through those crowds, and dropped more cash than they'd like to admit on fried Oreos. (And moms, if you have tips of your own you'd like to share - drop us a line at houstoneditor@mommypoppins.com.)

Prenatal Pain Relief: Top Spots for Moms-to-Be in Philadelphia

Whether you just found out you are expecting, or you're in the home stretch, your body is probably finding 100 new ways to express pain and discomfort. Not to mention all the stresses of what you need to do when baby arrives. Is your car seat installed correctly? Do you have everything you need for a new baby? What about birth plan and delivery? Between the stress and the growing belly, it's no wonder you might be feeling out of sorts. Which means, of course, that it is time to pamper yourself! Whether you are experiencing regular pain, nausea, or just need a few moments of pampering, prenatal services such as acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, and even massage can make a world of difference! Although a trip to the spa sounds great right about now, not all practitioners are trained to handle the particular needs of prenatal patients, so to ease at least one of your worries, we have a round up of the top spots to book for your aches and pains!

10 Tips for Taking Kids to an Art Gallery

Are you one of those parents who avoids taking kids to art galleries ... because you are sure your kid will punch a hole in the Renoir? I feel ya! But you don't have to give up on culture for the cause of parenting! Kids not only love to make art -- they love to be inspired by it! And research proves it: exploring art is good for kids, yo! So take heart. With a bit of planning, I've found art shows and galleries to be one of our go-to outings, even on (gasp!) a sunny day! 

Not sure which art gallery in Fairfield County to try first? Start with the kid-friendly Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield or the awesome local works in CityLights Gallery in Bridgeport. Be sure to find out which days are free to enter first!

Car Seat Safety Checks for Philadelphia Parents

Installing a new infant car seat can be confusing. There are a lot of rules when it comes to car seat safety, and sometimes it can seem overwhelming. Is it in tight enough? Is it straight enough? Are the straps set correctly? Only about 5% of parents get it right on their own- and about half of the 95% who did it wrong have older kids and have done it before. Sometimes, just having a second pair of eyes looking at your baby's seat can alleviate all your concerns. Car seat safety checks are a great (and free) resource for parents. It never hurts to get checked out. That's why we've compiled a list of places in the area who offer free car seat safety inspections regularly, so you can have a little peace of mind. We recommend calling ahead of time as most are by appointment only.

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