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True connections for today’s moms Welcome to Hey Baby, the second edition of Chicago’s best guide to the great and joyous, overwhelming and sometimes befuddling, journey of becoming a mom. The response to our first issue was great. Moms told us they found what we wrote DAN HALEY practical and fun, but more than anything connecting. That resonated with me. You see, about 25 years ago—and both Chicago Parent and myself have a few years on our great partner Lindsay and her Bump Club and Beyond—we had the honor of inviting Dr. T. Berry Brazelton to Chicago. He was certainly that generation’s best known and loved parenting expert. Kind, smart, assuring and down-to-earth, he told me in that pre-social media moment that what new moms needed most were connections. It was that plain, he said. There weren’t simple, perfect answers to each question or worry a mom had. But so long as they had a network of support, it would all be fine. Thanks for making Chicago Parent, Bump Club and Beyond and our Hey Baby a piece of your network.

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This year marks the fifth birthday of Bump Club and Beyond (and my oldest daughter!). It’s hard to believe that both of my first babies are no longer just that. BCB has grown with the needs of my own daughter and the community surrounding us. After half a decade, I am so proud that we LINDSAY continue to evolve PINCHUK and deliver on our mission of connecting moms and moms-to-be with the best pregnancy and parenting resources—and most importantly, each other—through our dozens of events. A year ago, we debuted Hey Baby, Bump Club and Beyond’s collaboration with Chicago Parent. I am very proud to bring you our second edition. More than ever, this magazine is representative of everything BCB stands for—filled with our recommendations, tips and information to ensure that your journey into parenthood is as seamless as possible! Bump Club and Beyond is now hosting events in 20 cities and sharing content nationally. We never forget that Chicago is our home and the evolution of Bump Club is due to the excitement and support of so many local moms and moms-to-be. Thank you for your devotion to our community and our growth. We hope that you enjoy reading Hey Baby as much as we enjoyed creating it for you! Stay tuned, next year we will be back with two issues!

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ou know how the daily grind goes— wake before dawn, pee through your onesie, be on the receiving end of an airplane spoon, rinse and repeat (no, seriously, I have an unbeatable daily bath average). But sometimes you’ve gotta break out and just let loose, you know? To paraphrase the 1986 classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, infancy and toddlerhood move pretty fast. If you don’t stop and get your parents to Instagram you in front of some Chicago landmarks, your wedding slideshow won’t be nearly as impressive. Sure, Ferris and his pals enjoyed the view from the Sears Tower—oh, excuse me, the Willis— observation deck (233 S. Wacker Drive). But guess what? We’re babies, what do we know about “killer views”? CO N T I N U E D O N PAG E 2 0

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Emma Tan, 7 months, is a Chicago baby.

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ave some dough and potentially crazy wait times and take a scenic tour via the CTA Brown Line. “Is that a building? Is that another building? Hey look, a car!” Best part: The Brown Line loops back around, ending us up where we started. Not that it

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really matters; I was planning on being carried the entire time. Maybe I’ll attempt a backbend from mom’s arms in a tantrum just to keep it fresh. CO N T I N U E D O N PAG E 2 2

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HEY BABY BABY’S DAY OFF CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20

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here’s absolutely something to be said for going to a snooty French restaurant and pretending to be the Sausage King of Chicago, but for my money I’d rather head to Chinatown and smash some dim sum all over my new shirt. My sisters love The Phoenix (2131 S. Archer Ave.) and those ever-rolling carts of delicious pork buns, but I’ll happily go anywhere that I can shove sticky rice into mom’s purse. (You can keep your baby food, city toddlers eat chow mein.)

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Evelina Hope Drum, 10 months, tours Chinatown with her mom, Jaclyn.

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ubs Game? You had me at “foot-long hotdog” (sliced and quartered, thanks). But OK, let’s take in a few innings of America’s pastime at Wrigley Field (1060 W. Addison St.) Oh, you didn’t think we’d be staying for the entire nine, did you? That’s adorable. Some words to the wise: Pretty sure you won’t want me catching a fly ball or a drunken bro’s Old Style, so sit a little farther back. Oh, and brace yourself, I’m gonna be all over singing “Take me out to the ballgame.” Have your phone set to record that cuteness.

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here’s no way we can top that scene where Ferris and crew visit the Art Institute of Chicago (111 S. Michigan Ave.). Word through the Fisher-Price phone is that they offer monthly stroller tours, and I think we both know how much we love stroller tours. OK, let’s see that “Grande Jatte” business, but save buckets of time for the Thorne Miniature Rooms. I promise I won’t attempt to eat any tiny couches this time. I promise! Unless they magically become scheduling mavens (and I know for a fact that Mom missed two Moms n’ Tots swim classes last month alone), you won’t get me out to a cool parade this fall. That’s OK. Cart me back home in time for your favorite parade route of the day, the one toward my crib. (And don’t think I can’t hear you singing “Twist and Shout” once the door closes.)

Harrison Keo, 11 months, checks out Wrigley Field.

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WHEN IT GETS REAL UP IN THERE Tips to survive the oh-so-many OB exams

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hile you’re busy thinking about the nursery you’ve been planning on Pinterest and the daring tiny tees you spotted at Psychobaby, you’ll also be getting to know your OB/GYN really well. Here’s how to get through those monthly appointments with as little stress as possible.

The waiting room: Pregnant bellies abound. Don’t compare because you’ll stress yourself out. Plus, bring your own reading material since the People that’s there features Brad and Jen still together. First appointment: Get ready to know the health history for your entire family twice removed. Doctors want to make sure all of your bases are covered. Arrive prepared and informed. First ultrasound: If your first ultrasound occurs during the early weeks of your pregnancy, do not expect the cool gel and belly rubbing. The first ultrasound usually involves a wand and a condom. Enough said. Monthly appointments: Stand with your back to the scale when you weigh-in. Trust us on this. The number will rise in the coming months and it’s best not to stress yourself out with the added pressure of maintaining your girlish figure. Also, monthly urine samples are a thing. So arrive ready to pee. 26 Fall 2015 • Hey Baby

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Get your body back Many moms are nervous about getting back their pre-pregnancy bodies. One of the great added benefits of nursing is it burns calories, but you still need to make sure you get enough. A nursing mom needs an extra 330 calories per day. Too many moms are stressed over body image, and that isn’t healthy for you or your baby. Take it one day at a time. It took your body nine months to grow a baby; it will take a little while for things to go back. Spoil yourself a little. If you want chocolate, eat chocolate! Dr. Kimi Suh Loyola University Health System, 30 Second Mom contributor Labor & delivery: Likely the best and worst day of your life. Be prepared for everyone and their mother to share their own labor war story, with plenty of (often wrong) advice. Listen to yourself and you’ll be just fine. Follow-up: Baby has arrived and the hoo-hah looking is done, right? Not. Your six-week check-up will involve more prodding, but at least the hard part is done. You’ll also get the happy news that “baby-making” activities can resume. Samantha Schultz ChicagoParent.com

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What’s in a name?

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ip and trendy Chicago moms are picking some really cool names for their babes ahead of baby name trends, making Logan, Aiden, Matthew and Anthony top 10 contenders for little guys and Ava, Ariana, Camila and Alexa most popular for their girlies.

That’s the conclusion of the nation’s No. 1 baby name guru, Bruce Lansky, when we convinced him to give us the lowdown on how the Windy City stacks up against national baby name trends. Lansky just released his new book 100,000+ Baby Names, a must-read for new parents searching for a perfect name. This year’s edition includes new names, naming trends and predictions on hot names. If you want to pick a cool name, Lansky says to choose a place or steal the last names of celebs, as in Aniston or Beckham, or a favorite character in a book or movie. “To me, nirvana is when the parents pick a name that is positive for the child in his or her lifetime and parents enjoy using,” Lansky says.

Boys 1 Noah, tied 2 Logan, 13th nationally. Lansky predicts Logan will jump into the top 10 nationally in 2016. 3 Mason, tied 4 Jacob, tied 5 Alexander, 8th nationally 6 Aiden, 14th nationally 7 Matthew, 16th nationally 8 Anthony, 21st nationally 9 Liam, 2nd nationally 10 Ethan, 6th nationally

Girls 1 Ava, 5th nationally 2 Sophia, 3rd nationally 3 Mia, 6th nationally 4 Isabella, tied 5 Olivia, 2nd nationally 6 Abigail, 10th nationally 7 Emma, 1st nationally 8 Ariana, 37th nationally 9 Alexa, 63rd nationally 10 Camila, 41st nationally

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Jamie Martin, 35 ✻ Popular children’s entertainer Miss Jamie ✻ Spouse: Erik Martin ✻ Children: Taylor, 3, and Scarlet, 9 months ✻ Neighborhood: Horner Park West

What kind of mom are you? I would call it my own personal style. Lazy/follow your instincts/don’t push them before they’re ready/ do what feels right/don’t read too many books/just go with your instincts. As a mom, I practice things like extended breastfeeding and bed-sharing, but

✻ Must-have baby items: Ergobaby carrier, double jogging stroller (not for jogging!) ✻ Favorite Chicago spots with kids: Play cafes (Hint: ask for memberships for birthdays), Chicago Public Libraries, Chicago Park District, Mariano’s

Jamie loves to relax with her daughters after concerts.

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Komal Patel, 36 ✻ Co-owner of Embeya, an Asian restaurant in the West Loop ✻ Spouse: Attila Gyulai ✻ Children: Paloma, 10 months; Baby girl due in October ✻ Neighborhood: Ukrainian Village ✻ Must-have new mom items: Foam roller and back support belt ✻ Favorite Chicago spots with kids: Chicago Park District parks, Jam in Logan Square, Spacca Napoli in Ravenswood, Logan Square and Lincoln Park farmers markets How has your life changed since becoming a mom? Well, I don’t get my nails done every week (laughs). I think one of the biggest changes for me is that I’m not as much of a workaholic as I used to be. ...I have found ways to streamline what I

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do and to look at what is important to me and to focus on that. ...I think if I had not had the baby, I would still be going at 60 miles an hour. ...I don’t want to just be the kind of mom that’s there and is present in my daughter’s life. I want to be the kind of person that’s really engaged with what is happening with her and helping her to develop in a much more passionate and lively way. And I think that takes energy and thought and it takes a lot of learning on my end. What is your favorite thing to do with your daughter? My favorite thing would be to dance in the restaurant. She loves music and every time she hears music, she starts to move up and down. ...In the afternoon, I usually blare [music] between the lunch and the dinner service. ...Dancing with Paloma in this open space and just seeing her so full of joy

with the wind blowing in her hair as I’m twirling her around in my arms, it’s one of my favorite things. As a restauranteur, any advice for moms and dads for dining out with baby? Get out with your child and have nice dinners when the baby is really young. I think after the baby reaches the point where they can only be in their chair for so long, it sort of limits the places that you can go. ...There are certain ages where it becomes rather difficult to have a child in a restaurant, simply because they do not have the attention span to sit there for two hours. So do it before that time happens. I would say probably before six months. ...A lot of restaurants are very understanding, especially if you go in the earlier side of the evening. Don’t let having the child limit your possibilities. CO N T I N U E D O N PAG E 3 4

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Paloma’s second home is her parents’ restaurant, Embeya.

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Meg Piercy, 31 ✻ Founder of MegMade, a furniture design company ✻ Spouse: Joe Piercy ✻ Children: Wells, 3, and Brooks, 8 months ✻ Neighborhood: Uptown ✻ Must-have baby items: Ergobaby 360, mamaRoo, squeeze pack foods ✻ Favorite Chicago spots with kids: The beach, Kid’s Island, Dairy Queen

Meg says they “really love moms” at her Avondale store.

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HEY BABY Why is it so important that 10 percent of your proceeds support charities? I think it was instilled in me growing up. We’re Christians, and we just really believe we have been given so much and we should be giving back to those who don’t have as much. We really thrive and take joy in helping other people. ...And we want our kids to be raised with that, too. I feel like in today’s culture it’s all about ourselves. It’s comparing ourselves to people on Facebook and Instagram and keeping up with the Joneses. And I just feel like there’s such beauty in not looking at yourself and just [thinking] “What can I do to help others?” Did you go crazy decorating your boys’ rooms? Noooo. I wish I could say yes and that they’re perfect, but

they’re so not. I started this company when I painted my son’s changing table, and it just became so fun. We would paint them and sell them and somehow it turned into this. ...But the poor second child, his room has not been decorated at all. ... It’s kind of like a chef who cooks a lot all day for people and then they get home and never cook for their family. What makes a good changing table? One where you can open all the drawers with one hand. That’s key for me, and that the height suits the height of the parent. Also that it will transition into toddlerhood. I don’t believe in spending money on a piece that will only suit you for a couple years. The big wide drawers just don’t work because you have to use both hands and by the time they’re five months, they’re rolling. I have little wiggleworms.

How would you describe yourself as a mom? I would say that I am a parent who loves to have fun within reason. I try not to take myself too seriously. And my goal is to not raise the smartest kids in the entire world but to raise kids who are hard-working and well-adjusted and who love others. When I take myself too seriously, my kids act up and they’re just more easily angered or frustrated because I’m more easily angered or frustrated trying to be who I’m not. So I just try to listen to my own instincts. Usually when I do that, rather than [listening to] all the books or blogs I’m reading, that’s when things run the best in my house. There’s no book that fits your kids perfectly. You have to just kind of try your best and know that they’ll probably need counseling too when they’re older.

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ou can read all the pregnancy and baby books you want. The truth is, you still don’t know what’s coming. Having a baby rocks your world, both in amazing and alarming ways. So brace yourself because here is some of the real stuff coming your way.

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hat beautiful pregnancy glow everybody talks about? That’s really people just being polite. In reality, you’re likely swollen from your ankles to your face, and as you tick closer to 40 weeks, the ability to actually be comfortable is

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rare. With constant bathroom breaks and struggling to flip from side to side in bed, you are getting a preview of what sleepless nights look like. Count yourself as lucky if you haven’t yet experienced the “joy” of hemorrhoids, but beware they are likely around the corner.

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hat bundle of joy is finally here, and so are the battle wounds to prove it. From your severely swollen lady parts to sore tush and cramping uterus, this is the part that can feel the most foreign and unspoken. The books never talk about the mesh underwear and huge ice packs you’ll be wearing for days and how your hospital bathroom can resemble a crime scene after you pee. Plus, the pressure from your

mething nurses to poop is something nobody is prepared for and matcan cause post-traumatic stress. Just know, each day the pain will lessen and your sweet baby will onlyy keep getting cuter and cuter.

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hank goodness for the euphoria that at new babies bring, because ecause absolutely nothing has nts for the prepared new parents sleepless nights of a newborn. b Those all-nighters you pulled in college? Not even close to the fatigue of getting up multiple times a night to feed, change, rock and get baby back to sleep. Plus, a new baby brings lots of visitors and wellwishers, which often makes

catching up on sleep during the daytime nearly impossible. After a few weeks, your body is still likely feeling mushy and you start to wonder if you will ever be able to stop wearing pads. CONTINUED ON PAGE 38

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aby is now sleeping longer stretches, getting onto a nap schedule and making those adorable cooing and laughing sounds. Yet, why didn’t anyone tell you that you still don’t feel exactly like your pre-baby self? Suddenly you can’t stop wetting yourself when you laugh or exercise. You feel like your hair is

coming out in clumps every time you brush it. Those swollen feet have changed your shoe size completely. Your formerly perky boobs now feel saggy and lifeless. Ah, the joys (and adjustments!) of your post-baby body. Every time you look into those beautiful baby eyes, remind yourself it’s been worth the journey and learn to embrace the new you.

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tumped by what, exactly, the smallest member of your family is attempting to communicate? Your baby is quite insistently attempting to tell you something of great importance, but is she “all done” or does she want “All-Bran cereal”? Their special lovey or the greatest hits of The Lovin’ Spoonful? You’re not alone in the hair-pulling angst of early communication breakdowns. Luckily, those seemingly indecipherable babbles have an easy cheat sheet, complete with helpful context clues and alternate possibilities:

The sound: Baa What it means: Bottle, bye bye, banana, bubble, binky, beans, bear, Boppy Unless it means: Banh mi or

“bring me somewhere else.” Context clues: Are you at a Vietnamese restaurant? Does baby enjoy Vietnamese food? If it’s neither of those two, odds are good it’s one of the first seven listed words.

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The sound: Paa What it means: Papa, potty, peas, please (hahaha), push, puppy, play, pincushion Unless it means: Perhaps there’s someone nearby who is a tad more intuitive with children? Context clues: A look of disdain—or lack thereof— might inform the situation. Maybe. Also, I sincerely hope you’re not exposing your infant to the sewing kit. Ease up, Maria Montessori.

The sound: Meh What it means: Mama, milk, more, merry-go-round, military school, macaroni, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Unless it means: Meh, I’m not really feeling this household situation anymore.

Context clues:: Has your baby packed a backpack? ckpack? (Have they uttered ered the words “baa” baa” or “paa”?) If not, ot, offer them some me milk and put on the PBS. At the end nd of the day—early bedtime— edtime— you’re the best judge dge of your kiddo’s early language uage attempts. Don’t let frustration rustration (on either side!) get et you down, and don’t forget orget the n language. magic of baby sign nts. Yes, snacky Yes, pointing counts. sides, odds bribery counts. Besides, are good that yourr kid will be an as-clear-as-a-bell ell chatterbox before long—and just think of how eloquently she’ll he’ll be able to communicate with her therapist! (“She thoughtt I was saying backpack.”) Happy babbling!! Keely Flynn

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The wonderful world of

BABY GEAR

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Babies flocked to Jamie Grayson during his recent Chicago visit. Photo by Thomas Kubik

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hoosing the best gear for your new baby can be overwhelming and confusing. And new iterations hit store shelves every year. With some big ticket items that can cost you nearly a month’s rent, anxious expectant parents, of course, want to make the best investments for their new addition!

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That is where TheBabyGuy Jamie Grayson comes in. Grayson is the resident Baby Gear Expert for Bump Club and Beyond. Grayson, who got his start as a certified child passenger safety technician, runs his own site, BabyGuyGearGuide. com and travels the country speaking to parents about baby gear. He has developed a cult following on social media, with more than 160,000 engaged Facebook fans. The bottom line? Grayson really knows his stuff when it comes to baby gear! We recently sat down with Grayson to get his latest recommendations and advice for expectant and new parents in Chicago.

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Chicago Parent: You’ve met moms and dads all over the country through your travvels with Bump Club and Beyond’s national Gearapalooza tour. What kinds of questions do you hear from Chicago parrents when they are choosing products for their babies? Jamie Grayson: I LOVE CHICAGO. Love it. I find the parents here very similar to parents in NYC, but a bit moree laid-back. Cars are used more often here than in NYC, so car-friendly strollers are important, as are car seats. CP: What are your picks for the following major, first-time parent purchases? JG: 1. Stroller: Check out Baby Jogger, Jané, UPPAbaby, Orbit Baby, Bumbleride. There are tons of strollers out there. The tricky thing is really taking your lifestyle into consideration when purchasing.

2. Car seat: Look at the Cybex Aton Q, Peg-Pérego Primo Viaggio 4-35, Nuna, Chicco KeyFit 30. All are terrific and have great installation features. 3. Baby carrier: Beco, Ergobaby, Boba, Líllébaby, Catbird Baby (local to Chicago). Don’t forget that you have to TRY THEM ON! 4. High chair: Stokke Tripp Trapp, Nuna Zaaz, OXO Tot Sprout, Peg-Pérego. CO N T I N U E D O N PAG E 4 4

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CP: Favorite splurge item? JG: I don’t consider it a splurge, but put your money in your car seat. It’s the only item designed to save your kid’s life, and I’m constantly shocked by parents that will pay a thousand bucks for a diaper bag and buy the cheapest car seat possible.

CP: Recommendation for an item that new parents report they can’t live without? JG: Swaddle blankets. You can never have enough! CP: What is your favorite gift to give new parents? JG: Swaddle blankets, skin care, a bath tub, NoseFrida and books. Start the joy of reading early! CP: Advice for city dwellers for whom space is a big consideration? JG: Look for products that are multipurpose or collapsible. Boon makes a ton of great items for baby that can easily be used after baby is older. CP: Must-have product for parents expecting multiples? JG: Car seats that start at a low birthweight and a great double stroller. One of my

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the country. What is the most common question you hear? What is the most common piece of advice you give? JG: Without a doubt, the majority of people ask me for car seat information. Misuse of car seats in America is around 80 percent, so people constantly have questions about car seat use.

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Nursery rock stars Mickey’s special place My husband, Mike, and I were excited by the idea of seeing the world through our child’s eyes. And that’s what Where the Sidewalk Ends is all about. As we started designing the nursery, we knew we wanted the poem to be a theme. Local artist Shawn Stucky worked with us to customize the book cover mural, making the city skyline resemble Chicago’s and the dog to look like our dog, Penny. Every day, Mickey, who turned 1 in September, notices something new about the mural. Another special part of the room is the rug. My friend was in the process of creating a line of children’s rugs for a company she and her husband own. Rugamuffins (rugamuffinsrugs.com) uses artists to design their rugs, truly making it artwork 46 Fall 2015 • Hey Baby

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for your floor. It is incredibly soft—the perfect place to cuddle and read books. Little things in his room have big meaning for us, too. The little bunnies in the basket are my husband’s childhood toys, made by his mother. GOAT was our “name” for Mickey while I was pregnant. The artwork is a combination of pieces from artists that we picked up at festivals, flea markets and Etsy. The largest print is lyrics from a song that my husband sang to my belly in the mornings while I was pregnant. While pregnant, I couldn’t get enough ice cream, hence the ice cream print (with the words “sweeter than Ben and Jerry’s”). The print on the top left is a picture depicting the song my mom sang to me when I was little (“Would you like to swing on a star”). Heide Cygan, Chicago ChicagoParent.com

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Riley’s sweet room My style is a mix of elegance and romance, yet still simple. Something classic that she could easily grow into. I love the soft pink and gold color palette. The wall color is “sweetheart,” which is so appropriate for our little princess. My favorite items in the room are the gallery wall—I spent hours on Etsy finding just the right ones!—the chandelier and the tassel garland. The room is so peaceful and serene; my husband and I could sit and rock Riley in the glider all day! Sarah Calamita, Chicago

Sleep training

Before long, you’ll have a toddler on your hands. If they have trouble going to bed or staying in bed, try these tips:

✻ Put them in bed between 7-8 p.m.

✻ Take them shopping to pick out something special to sleep with. Also get a clock that says when it is time for bed and lights up when they can get up. ✻ During the day of the first night in a “big” kid bed, talk about being a big boy/girl and how they can sleep by themselves. Make it a positive change, not a punishment. ✻ Make a chart and put stickers on it or fill a jar with marbles when they stay in bed all night. Pam Jones RN, co-founder Sweet Dreams Infant Care

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t is tsy i a magical i l place, l ffullll off b burlap l bliss and lacy elation. Any trendy momma or stylish pop can easily lose themselves in the online utopia. These Chicago-based Etsy shops make handmade goods that are more than splurge-worthy. STORIES BY EMILY ADAMS | PHOTOS BY THOMAS KUBIK

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Bohemian beautiful

The Pine Torch

etsy.com/shop/ThePineTorch Marianna Toscas gets millennial moms, and that’s because she is one. With one fingertip on Instagram at all times, she’s deeply in touch with what it means to be a working momma in today’s world. The 31-year-old has three sons under age 3, and she wanted a fun-loving, affordable way to show off their unique personalities. Enter The Pine Torch, the brainchild inspired during Toscas’ hours of pumping. With designs ranging from humorous cacti to Taylor Swift lyrics, her hipster, edgy onesies are an outstandingly fun way to add a little pop culture pizazz to your baby’s bodysuit collection. And for every onesie you buy, Toscas donates one to a mom having a challenging time. “Being a mom can open so many doors for you,” Toscas says. “If you’re a mom and you’re having fun with it, you’re winning.”

Chi-town chic

Megan Lee Designs etsy.com/shop/meganleedesigns

Show your local love, baby-andme style. A Midwesterner born and raised, Megan Owdom-Weitz is the 36-year-old mom of a 1-year-old baby boy and a Chicagoan who turned her love for the city into a full-time career selling Midwestern pride apparel. Every true Chicago baby needs at least one shirt to rep their city, right? Owdom-Weitz’s clothing sports catchy phrases such as, “IL love you forever,” “Born to be wILd” and “Chicago love,” all in very familiar shapes. “Chicago has been the place where people have supported me and my business,” she says. “It’s home.” CO N T I N U E D O N PAG E 5 0

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Crafts and the City etsy.com/shop/craftsandthecity Building blocks are a time-tested favorite, and Crafts and the City has a new twist on the classic toys. The shop’s wooden, non-toxic, customizable building blocks can be used as décor and as toys. “Parents love finding special, one-of-a-kind keepsakes for their kids,” Sarah Watts says. Watts says she always had a passion for crafty creation, but when she began to have more nieces

and nephews than she can count, she fell madly in love with creating long-lasting, beautiful toys. The 37-year-old loves to think of her gorgeous building blocks, which can feature names, the alphabet, numbers or pretty designs, as heirlooms. “They’re cute enough to just sit in the nursery, fun enough for kids to play with, and nice enough to be passed down from generation to generation,” Watts says.

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aby is finally here and you’re getting ready to introduce her to the world. Your first outing may be to see your little one’s doctor, but making sure that you’ve got everything you need is almost as important as that visit.

The foundation of your little le tional one’s bag essentials is a functional diaper bag, one that enabless you to carry everything you need d without feeling like you’ve packed everything but the kitchen sink. Topping the list of best bags around is Skip Hop’s Forma diaper backpack $70. 0.. With its sleek style, endless compartments and “attach to stroller” option, it’s no wonder moms everywhere are flocking to it. Backpacks are especially nice because they allow your hands to be free should you need them for extra cuddles. Charlotte Betts

The weirdest thing I carry in my diaper bag is dish soap. I’m a first-time mom so I’m always worried that other dish soaps will leave a funny taste in my daughter’s bottles. I’m sure with the second baby my diaper bag will be about 15 pounds lighter. Sara Tomazin, mom of Tessa, La Grange Park

Two Chicago moms share their essentials: “The last thing you want as a mother is to be stressed while you’re out, so I bring the essentials— diapers, bottles and extra outfits. I also bring along a grocery bag, in case I have to change my son while out. Should an accident occur, the dirty clothes won’t be thrown into the clean diaper bag.” Aundrea, mom of three (ages 7, 3 and 4 months)

“Obvious stuff aside, I always have board books, snacks and sanitizer stashed inside my diaper bag. Books keep my little one occupied in the car or doctor’s office. Snacks are pure magic when my kid’s about to lose it in public, and sanitizer is a musthave for any germaphobe!” Lizzie, mom to Emmeline, 15 months

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Micah Betts of Chicago loves her mom’s Skip Hop diaper bag.

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he dilemma of not having anything to wear in our closet is a serious struggle many women deal with on a daily basis.

The dilemma triples in difficulty when faced with the very difficult task of dressing an everchanging body. “How do I dress my beautiful growing belly while staying stylish, comfortable and frugal?” is the question often posed when moms-to-be realize that most of their dresses no longer accommodate a growing belly. I’ve got you covered with three easy style tips on dressing your body and keeping true to your style during and after your pregnancy. Charlotte Betts

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A cardigan is a go-to piece because of its ability to conceal “imperfections,” yet still flatter. Pocket Poppet cardigans are a new favorite. Not only are they super comfortable, but they also fold into a little carrying case. Plus they are made in Chicago.

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Don’t be afraid to enlist the help of friends. And by friends, I mean Spanx. We crossed paths after my firstborn and we’ve been inseparable ever since. Spanx also has a maternity line, Power Mama. ChicagoParent.com

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EXERCISE & WELLNESS PREGNANCY STUDY

The University of Minnesota is seeking women who are currently pregnant or less than 6 weeks postpartum to participate in a research study examining the effect of exercise and wellness on mood following childbirth Ø Participants receive a motivational exercise program or a health and wellness program, which begins after the birth of your baby (participants can sign up for the program during pregnancy) Ø Program delivered to you via the mail and phone Ø Must be 18 years of age or older Ø Must not currently exercise regularly Ø Must not take antidepressants Ø Must have a history of depression Ø You will receive $100 for your time

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Bump Club and Beyond’s 3 a.m. Feeding Club

PUMPING SUCKS

Experienced moms’ advice on the return to work In between pumping sessions, put your pump parts in a Ziploc bag and put in the refrigerator until it is time to use again. That way you don’t have to wash each time.

It helps if you can see, smell and hear your baby. Yesterday’s hat and video on your phone go far. Don’t fret too much, your first day back will suck and that is OK. The second one will, too. Don’t let the guilt get you. When they tell you to relax, they are not kidding. Take a deep breath, stare at your lovely baby and know that you are doing the best you can.

Pump Monday into bottles for Tuesday, drop off when picking up baby on Monday evening. Tuesday for Wednesday and so forth. Freeze Friday milk flat. Take oldest frozen milk on Monday.

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I love my Juno Blu breast pump bag. It looks like a professional work bag, so I don’t mind carrying it with me, even when I’m in a suit. It’s easy to hold everything I need for pumping, and I feel like it’s not as obvious that I’m carrying my pump and parts around with me. Emily

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Get some Dr. Newman’s Nipple Cream. So many great That’s the time parents say is the things it does worst time to be parents, according to but the antibiotic a survey of 1,000 parents by Privilege properties are a Insurance. It’s when a “perfect storm” of must for pumping. dinner, baths and bed times begin Angelita to push stress levels through the roof, the survey found. Pack paper towels. The shields always drip on something and I’ve used some pretty desperate clean-up methods.

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3 WAYS TO SURVIVE

(AND ROCK) A CHICAGO WINTER Bears and babies alike can thrive when temps zoom south

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Get a little art therapy There’s no guarantee that your baby will be the next virtuoso, but there’s also no guarantee that your child isn’t. (That’s one way to pay back all of those organic milk runs!) Either way, classes for the younger set offer the dual benefit of getting you out of the house on days when the sun is late to rise

and early to set, and also offering up some mid-winter enrichment for your kiddo’s spongelike brain. Musical Magic (2255 W. Roscoe St.; musicalmagic. net) is a gentle, playful way to introduce the arts in an immersive, caregiver-friendly CO N T I N U E D O N PAG E 5 8

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environment. Have an older kid in tow? Everyone involved will thrill for the new yoga offerings and drop-off Big Kid classes. Land of Nod poofs are fun

Hibernate Look, sometimes you just have to embrace the fact that the Midwestern tundra isn’t thawing any time soon and learn to roll with it. It’s much easier to do so when your nest or cave is somewhere you actually want to be. Invest in cozier throws and pillows and rearrange floor spaces for your babe’s personal gymnasium. These Land of Nod textured poufs should inspire you to craft the world’s funkiest blanket tent to hide under. Hunker down and actually enjoy these weeks before the fresh air (and social obligations) will guilt you into once again wearing legitimate shoes.

Go to the tropics in your mind Sometimes the best way to deal with an intensely cold winter is through complete and utter denial. Can’t afford a Tahitian getaway since baby arrived (or, you know, ever)? A pretty convenient runner-up is the beautiful Lincoln Park Conservatory (2391 N. Stockton Drive; chicagoparkdistrict. com) just north of the zoo.

Sure, it doesn’t have a pristine beach, but it definitely has the trifecta of zero cost, being decently stroller-friendly and an entire room full of orchids working in its favor. It’s an incredibly pleasant place to spend an hour or two—and warm your bones before the frigid dash back to the car. Keely Flynn

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Mira Joseph Monterastelli, 6 months, is at home at Bubbles Academy with her mom Natalie, its executive director. Below, Scarlet Martin, 9 months, at Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits.

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Outdoor adventure

You navigate The 606 elevated trail through Wicker Park, Bucktown, Humboldt Park and Logan Square with your stroller and littles without a worry. From knowing the best places to hop on and off to the times of day when it’s not too crowded, the city mom is making The 606 part of her regular gular stroller route. (the606.org)

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Playdate

Considering more than half of the year Chicago weather can be questionable, city moms know the best indoor place to meet is Bubbles Academy in Lincoln Park. Whether it’s the open play or one of the fab classes (even with options for newborns!), Bubbles is a ven for one-of-a-kind social haven mamas and littles. (bubblesacademy.com)

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Workout

You recharge with a serious sweat and spin at the newly opened Soul Cycle in Old Town (soul-cycle.com). The city mom is addicted to the latest spin craze that helps change your body and find your soul during the intense, high-energy and transformative classes. Since it doesn’t offer child care, you take full advantage of the me-time.

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Another fave, Shred415, offers a butt-kicking workout and has child care at its Lincoln Park and Old Town locations. (shred415.com)

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Lunch with pals

Meeting up with friends and their littles is an ideal way to lunch, and Parlor Pizza Bar in th the West Loop is where city moms and strollers are flocking. The combo of delicious pizzas mixed with a casu casual, relaxed dining environment and ample outdoor picnic tables on nice days makes any mom co comfortable bringing baby along. A And for those with early nappers, Parlor has an incredible brunch menu with a twist on breakfast pizzas. (parlorchicago.com)

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Afternoon treats

Part of being a city mom is knowing kn the best hidden gems. Bang Bang Pie & Biscuits in Logan Square hits the spot for an afternoon snack, with both savory and sweet pie options. ti It is i an easy and relaxed way to spend an afternoon with baby. Plus it never hurts to get a “to-go” pie for later.

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Weekend plans

The many neighborhoods within the city provide ample opportunity for weekend explorations. City moms and babes can get a taste of art, music and food with the casual afternoon stroll.

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On those pictureperfect days, you head to the 1,700-acre Morton Arboretum in Lisle. Suburban moms know how to easily navigate the BY children’s PHOTOS THOMAS KUBIK garden, maze and pond for hours as you soak in the nature. To make it a complete day outing, don’t forget to pack up a picnic, bikes and bike trailer for baby to enjoy the ride. (mortonarb.org) PHOTOS BY THOMAS KUBIK

Noemi Melina Verdin, 8 months, Simran Gupta, 9 months, Simon Korin, 11 months, and James Puro, 8 months, see adventure at Little Beans Cafe in Evanston.

THE WONDER WEEKS

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ver wonder why one week your baby seems as content as can be, and then all of a sudden, all hell breaks loose?

That’s why word of mouth is leading many Chicago moms to The Wonder Weeks, a book and related app that explains the developmental changes and regression periods all babies go through the first 20 months of their lives. For 35 years, authors Hetty van de Rijt and Frans Plooii researched baby development and out of it established 10 predictable weeks where

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babies will have fussy phases. According to the book’s theory, all normal, healthy babies appear to be fussier at practically the same ages and regression periods. They also will sleep less. These “cloudy” periods precede “magical leaps” forward where babies experience developmental changes. Elana Porat, a Chi-

cago mom of one, learned about the book from the new moms group she joined after her son was born. “In the beginning, my son’s ‘cloudy’ weeks matched those outlined in the book and helped give me a better view into why he was acting certain ways,” Porat says. Megan Murray Elsener ChicagoParent.com

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Heath Bryant, 10 months, found a new fave place at The Junction Diner.

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Playdate

The best thing to happen for suburban moms was the opening of Little Beans Cafe in Evanston. To call it just a café and play space is the understatement of the year. With an indoor obstacle course and basketball court for the older set and art studio and crawlers corner for the babies, Little Beans Evanston provides hours of delight for suburban moms meeting friends for playdates with kids of all ages. (littlebeanscafe.com)

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Workout

You stretch, tone and tighten with regular sessions at the Dailey Method. With a handson, holistic approach to focusing on alignment and working out smarter, it’s taken over and spread through the Chicago suburbs like fitness hotcakes. The best news for suburban n moms is that many locations ns

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offer child care to make getting a workout in that much easier. (thedaileymethod.com)

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Lunch with pals

You know that the best place for lunch with adult friends keeps the kiddos entertained as well. Suburban moms are hitting up The Junction Diner in Forest Park, where the diner delivers lunch via train cars around the counter. Plus with trains to ride, watch and explore, there’s something for the young and olds. (thejunctiondiner.com)

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Afternoon treats

Suburban moms know that sometimes a little sugar rush helps get them through until dinner. Tates Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Shop in downtown La Grange is the ideal spot for a little nostalgia with the black and white checkered floors, iron parlor chairs and traditional ice cream soda glasses. Plus with more than 32 flavors of homemade ice cream made on location, it hits that sweet spot. (tatesicecreamshop.com)

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On being a parent in Chicago You can be a city kid who loves nature. Ride the “L” downtown, visit the beach, or hike through the forest. All in the city!

Thomas Kubik, Photographer, TK Photography, dad of one

If I had to answer for my mom, it’d be all the food trucks and carts— she calls those things “dinner” an impressive amount of the time.

Jasper Schoeny, 20 months, well-traveled city baby of writer Keely Flynn

As a parent, I love the changing of Chicago seasons. From hitting Foster Avenue beach to ice skating at the Maggie Daley ice ribbon to rainy days at the Garfield Park Conservatory, each season brings a new to-do list of fun.

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Being a parent in Chicago is wonderful! The city has so much to offer and tons of great activities for kids and parents alike. I especially love fall for apple orchard fun and pumpkin patch goodness!

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