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It's that time of year again!

The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming and the Hudson Valley is in need of some clean diapers. 
 
As we get ready to kick off the Northeast Doula's annual No Child Wet Behind fundraiser, we have compiled a list of the amazing businesses in our area that are participating by hosting No Child Wet Behind's diaper collection bins at their locations. This year's diaper drive benefits the Westchester Diaper Bank, providing tons of families in the greater Hudson Valley with the resources they need to keep their babies clean, happy and healthy. 

We're excited to announce new businesses and community locations that have hopped on board in our area this spring to benefit this great cause that continues to make a tremendous difference in our communities. 

If you have diapers ready and waiting you can bring them to our No Child Wet Behind Fundraiser at Croton Point Park on May 21st or bring them to one of these friendly locations over the next few months. Take a look at some of the locations to see which bin is closest to you. 

Retro Fitness

3006 Main Street
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567

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Easter is the first big holiday that officially celebrates the changing of the seasons and the birth of spring. 

Whether you're celebrating Easter as a religious holiday, a gathering of family or anything in between, rich family traditions make the holiday so much sweeter and more meaningful. We put together a list of fun traditions that many families call their own and some that might be completely new! 

Get your little ones on board with celebrating Spring's arrival with some fun activities made just for them. 

Dying Easter Eggs

If your household is Easter celebrating, you probably have some great memories of dying Easter eggs. Get started by hard boiling a whole bunch of eggs. You can use a kit or can even make your own beautifully vibrant egg dye. Kool-Aid and hot water makes a ton of colors to choose from and they smell fantastic. You can even write some secret messages on your eggs for the kids to find when they start dunking their eggs. If your kids are...Read more

Let's just get this out of the way.

What is Passover? 
Passover is the eight day observance that marks the hardships, exodus and liberation of the Israelites from Egypt. 

Many families celebrate passover in different ways, depending on what traditions their families have chosen to adopt. In most homes, Passover is celebrated with family gatherings, a meal of specific foods and often a series of prayers and readings. This is the oldest Jewish celebration that is continuously celebrated and even some non practicing Jewish families come together to celebrate the roots of their religious heritage. 

What about getting the younger generations involved?

There's easy and fun ways to get your kids involved in the family's Passover celebration and it's even a little crafty! We put together a quick guide for parents to get the little ones excited and involved to participate this year around the Passover table. 

Passover Plagues

The plagues can seem like an intimidating story to teach to...Read more

February is one of the most popular months to eat out.

Valentine's Day falls smack-dab in the middle of the month, giving parents the reminder of how lovely it can be dine out. Unfortunately parents know the struggle of taking little ones out to restaurants that aren't quite family friendly. Whether you have a picky eater or a fussy one in your family, choosing which restaurant to go to can be half the battle. 

We put together some of our favorite family friendly restaurants in the Westchester area to take your little ones for some quality time together over some great food. No matter what you're looking to nom on, we have a restaurant on this list for everyone. 

Wobble Cafe

This Ossining restaurant was designed with your fussiest restaurant goer in mind. It's as kid-friendly as it gets for a restaurant where your kids are encouraged to play in their clean indoor play areas while parents enjoy their meal.Your kids will be begging you to bring them to...Read more

In 2016, we took a moment to appreciate the hilarious things our kids say. 

This just happens to be one of the highlights of parenthood and we can't get enough of little kids saying hilarious things. We decided to go back for a second look at even more occasions where parents were floored by the funny things that came out of their kids mouths. Sure it can be embarrassing, but having a small child is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get.

They have no filter and these funny one-liners usually make a grand appearance at the worst possible moment but of course it makes us laugh till' we cry and we wouldn't have it any other way. 

Here's 10 of the funniest tweets parents have shared about their kids.

We dare you not to laugh.

Well dad I guess you can't argue that logic. Sounds like you might wind up sleeping outside. 

 

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Parenting can be a handful... 

...Literally!

With a baby in tow, 'hands free' is more important than ever​ and baby wearing frees up your hands while safely snuggling your baby against your body. The right baby wearing sling can be a comfortable option for you and your baby while supporting your little ones delicate joints. 

Some baby wearing options fit similar to a front facing backpack with clips and over the shoulder straps, while others are more like a scarf wrapped strategically around the mother's body. Criteria when choosing how you'll wear your baby should include:

  • Support for your baby's spine, neck and hips
  • Comfort on the wearers back and shoulders 

The only way to find out what works best for you is to try different styles to see what you're most comfortable with. Every parent's preferences are different when it comes to baby wearing, so don't be nervous to test a variety of brands to find the perfect fit for you and baby. 

Benefits of Baby wearing

Aside from freeing up your hands, baby wearing provides a variety of benefits for you and your little one. It's been recently proven that babies carried regularly throughout the day are more content and...Read more

It seems like no matter how you choose to feed your baby, there's always someone with something to say about it. 

You're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't. 

The big kicker is, most of this judgment is coming from other parents! 

When did feeding a baby become the root of such a heated debate? These little babes have to eat!

Since the haters are gonna hate, we're gonna keep doing what we do best and keeping it judgement free. We aren't the only ones fighting the good fight and there's more celebrities speaking out against the hate and promoting the empowerment of mothers. 

Breastfeeding

The biggest problem is the sexualization of the female body. 

Criticism with public breastfeeding, or breastfeeding in general, can be an ugly. Women should not have to be worried about disgruntled onlookers judging them for 'indecent exposure'. Breastfeeding is a natural process and until women's bodies can be seen as creators and not sexual objects, there will...Read more

You've gotta fight!

For your right!

To potty.

We know you just said that with the Beastie Boys tune in your head. It's okay so did we.

What are we talking about here?

The dreaded potty training of your toddler.

Who would have thought that it would be so time consuming and stressful to teach someone else how to poop in a toilet?

We have some tips and tricks to help make this potty training process a little bit easier on parents. 

Before we get started, you'll need to reassess your patience. Remember that potty training is a gradual process. Celebrate every small victory and don't sweat the accidents, they are going to happen. Be patient and it'll give your little one a little extra confidence while they're sitting on the royal throne. 

Familiarize Yourself with the "Poop Face"

When you have to poop you don't exactly make it obvious to other people, unless you do and if so, do your thing...

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The holidays can be overwhelming. 

There's so much to be done, gifts to wrap and cookies to bake and it doesn't help that the kids are already running amok in full holiday mode. Taking the time to refocus and relax is important and we're all guilty of putting ourselves on the back burner while feeling the pressure of getting things perfect for the holidays. 

It's not impossible to relax, sometimes you just need a little help or a few affirmations to guide you along. 

While you're winding down after a long day of errands and gift shopping, settle in to your happy place and take a moment to chill. Most importantly, we've all been in your shoes and give you a round of applause for getting it all done and not starting off the new year in a straight jacket. 

So to all those busy, crafty and festive moms out there, this little jingle is for you. 

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Halloween is around the corner!

Now that your baby is finally here, it's time to dress them up in adorable and hilarious costumes for some quality photo opportunities. 

Baby's first Halloween can mean a lot of things. Your first Halloween together might just be a cute costume or you could define their "first Halloween" as the first time they can walk door to door to Trick or Treat. Expect a few bumps in the road, plan accordingly and you'll have a fantastic All Hallows Eve with your tiny tot. 

Dressing Up

As precious as it is to see your new baby in a costume for Halloween, they probably won't share in your excitement. 

New babies and infants may be a little more cooperative than toddler Trick or Treaters, but there is no shortage of great costumes for all! Plan to dress them in something practical, comfortable, weather appropriate, and with limited acessories. You might think your...Read more

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