20 Things to Do with Baby This Winter in and around Philly

Winter with a baby can be difficult, especially because it's so easy to stay inside and hibernate. But getting out and about is healthy for moms and babies, whether it's to get a little exercise, take a class, enjoy an activity, or meet up with some other new moms. That's why we've compiled a great list of things you can do with a new baby in these cold winter months. 

New Children's Play and Art Space Arrives in Dumbo with Spark

The ever-changing Dumbo waterfront just gained a new kid-friendly tenant. Spark, the brand-new annex of the Brooklyn Children's Museum, opened in mid-October with drop-in play hours and educational programming for kids ages six months to 6 years. It's modest in size, with 1,850-square-feet spread out across one floor, but that intimate setting is particularly manageable for those with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

I visited the space on opening weekend with my 3-year-old. Read on for our full review of this new drop-in play spot in Brooklyn.

Best Places to Take Photos with Santa in Philadelphia

Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, that holly jolly season is almost upon us, and that means Santa is coming to Philadelphia! Whether you are looking for the traditional Santa visit at the mall, a special adventure, or you want to see Santa at a winter festival, there are Santa celebrations running nearly all holiday season long, leading right up to the final night before he takes off in his sleigh to visit all the good little kids. Here is a roundup of some of our favorite spots to get a Santa sighting and ask for those special gifts on your little one's Christmas list.

Car Services with Car Seats: Getting to LA & OC Airports with Kids

The holidays are fast approaching, which means we'll all be packing our bags to visit our extended family soon. Maybe Grandma and Grandpa live a short drive away, but, then again, maybe not. If your holiday plans include hopping a plane with little ones to get to your travel destination, why not give yourself a mini vacation first by booking a car service that caters to families?

We did the legwork for you to find the best car services in Los Angeles and surrounding areas to accommodate your entire brood. So, whether you're looking for a little luxury, or simply want to leave your car seat at home, these six companies go out of their way to accommodate tiny travelers.

Long Island Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving is a feast usually prepared and served in our homes. But sometimes it is really lovely to take a break from the hot kitchen and let someone else do the cooking, cleaning and moving furniture around. Drop the day-long prep for Thanksgiving and head out to one to these Long Island restaurants that are serving up a turkey dinner. This way, you can maybe enjoy a Thanksgiving runvolunteer for those in need or (gasp!) relax a little.

Just be sure to call ahead for reservations and have a happy Thanksgiving! And for more tips and activities this season, check out our Long Island Holiday Guide.

GoBaby App Lets New Yorkers Rent Out Baby Gear

Traveling with babies and toddlers can be as stressful as it gets. There are tantrums and tears, and most of us are not our best selves when paying an overweight luggage fee for a suitcase full of baby items or building a tower of pillows while praying our child won't roll off a guest bed.

Now there’s an app that can help families traveling to New York City with all that gear, and let locals make a little extra money. GoBaby is a peer-to-peer marketplace such as Airbnb, but for baby and toddler equipment. Remember that pack-and-play you shoved in the back of the closet just in case you need it? With this crowd-sourcing app, rent it out when you aren’t using it. And tourists? No need to pack all that baby stuff!

11 Beautiful Long Island Landscapes for Christmas Card Photos

It takes time and planning to achieve the perfect family Christmas card photo — and one of the most important decisions you'll make concerns the location you choose as your backdrop. With so many beautiful Long Island landscapes from which to choose, the biggest challenge you'll face when deciding where to set up your holiday photo shoot is whether to pack up the kids and head to the beach, a lighthouse, vineyard, or even the aquarium. These 11 Long Island landscapes will make for stunning and memorable Christmas card photos.

Weekend for LI Kids: Starry, Starry Night, Dream Catchers November 12-13

Immerse your family in culture this weekend with a live performance of James and the Giant PeachThe Jungle BookA Christmas CarolAlice in Wonderland or JigSaw Jones and the Case of the Class Clown. Head to Jones Beach for some science and nature with an Owl Pellet Dissection. Or build your own Dream Catcher at Connetquot River State Park Preserve.

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Weekend for LI Kids: Goodnight Moon, Sunday Science November 5-6

Now that the ghosts and ghouls have gone for the season, settle in for some family-friendly fall fun on Long Island. Catch a live performance of childhood favorite Goodnight Moon at the Long Island Children's Museum or be wowed by The Magic of Alexo in Port Jefferson. Collaborate on an art project during Heckscher Family Hour in Huntington or in Roslyn during Family Sundays at the Nassau County Museum of Art.

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Choose a Pediatrician: How Second-Time Parents Pick a Doctor

Choosing your kid's pediatrician may seem like just one more "before baby" chore to soon-to-be parents running down a checklist that includes everything from assembling the crib to finding child care. But actually, this single decision is going to impact your family more than you might think.

Of course you need to ensure a doctor is licensed, and ideally, certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, accepts your insurance, and works with a top-rated hospital in case of emergencies, but beyond those practicalities, there are a few things that make for standout pediatricians. The best pediatricians (IMHO) treat the whole family, especially new parents. They ask mom if she's getting enough sleep and offer breastfeeding and other postpartum support. The can offer discipline suggestions and address behavior issues as kids grow up. 

But don't just take my word for it. We asked our amazing group of second-time parents at Mommy Poppins with kids ranging from newborns to teens on what to ask when interviewing a new doctor for your children and what to look for when choosing that very first pediatrician for your brand-new baby. Read on for our 13 top questions to consider before choosing your next doctor.


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