UrbanSitter for Great DC-Area Childcare Help {sponsored}

Yes, you need a babysitter. And yes, you can find an awesome one on the Internet. I used UrbanSitter and the experience was great. When I had my first child in 2003, I knew few other parents. My family lived in California. None of my close friends had children yet and most of them lived in other states. I did not have many options for childcare help. It was really, really tough.Fast forward ten years to three kids and a phone packed with babysitters and parent friends whom I can ask for their Read more...

Childcare in Silver Spring, Burtonsville, Olney: Wee Friends Daycare

Wee Friends Daycare in Burtonsville is Incredible This is my first-ever personal daycare endorsement. Although my most common e-mail advice question these six years of blogging has been how to find a daycare, nanny or babysitter, I have been reluctant to recommend any individual or facility that my family has not personally used. And as a mainly stay-at-home mother, I have never before employed a daycare provider. In fact, the idea scared me.Until this year. Alice turned two, I turned up my Read more...

{sponsored} Baby Shower Expo for DC Mamas: Professional Belly Shot, Massage + More!

Held at the gorgeous Torpedo Factory Arts Center in Old Town Alexandria, T.H.E. Baby Shower is a deluxe evening that is all about pampering your bod, your babies and loading up your arms with prizes and swag.And exclusively for A Parent in Silver Spring readers -- half price general admission tickets! Just enter promo code APSS13 at checkout and you will get half-off the $25 price! Get tickets. On Tuesday October 22 at 6pm/6:30pm you will be wowed by all the great treats in store Read more...

Best Family Photographer in Washington DC: Marian Lozano

I have had many lucky breaks in my life, but few as fortunate as working on the Hill with the amazing Marian Lozano of Marian Lozano Photography. Thanks to our 15 years of friendship, I am beyond blessed to have the Washington, DC area's best family, newborn, expectant mother and children's photographer document our family every year. Although I am totally biased, Marian Lozano is at the top of every awards list in this town for family photographers.Although Marian has before photographed our Read more...

Smithsonian Early Enrichment Classes for Babies 3-18 months

If you are waiting until your infant is older to introduce her to our incredible local Smithsonian Institutions, the wait is officially over: The Smithsonian offers classes for babies and parents!I just learned that the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) offers family workshops for young children and their parents to learn together. The curriculum is carefully crafted by early childhood educators with museum experience. The developmentally appropriate workshops promote critical thinking, Read more...

Mother of All Baby Showers DC Friday 4/19: Free, Fun, Girls Night Out!

Join me on Friday night, April 19 from 6-10pm at The Mother of All Baby Showers, an unabashedly excellent event. Admission is free, register now! This fun night celebrates new and expectant parents, introducing us to the best and latest baby brands and parenting experts.I'll be broadcasting LIVE from the event for MomTV, interviewing parenting experts and giving away baby gear prizes to attendees. Please join me for a night to remember -- I can't wait to see you!The first 250 people Read more...

babyGap Free Event for Families on Saturday January 26

I am so excited to team up with babyGap and Milk+Booties in promoting childhood reading and the launch of the brand-new Peter Rabbit line at babyGap with a free family event!  On Saturday January 26, I will serve as a guest reader of the newly-released The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson, illustrated by Eleanor Taylor and authorized by the estate of Beatrix Potter. I adore hosting story times for children in my home and community, and I cannot wait to share this engaging new story Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Mr. Gabe’s CD Playdate, Our Family’s New Favorite Tunes

Whether you are a regular attender of Mr. Gabe of Takoma Park's concerts or simply in need of new kid-friendly music, you and your kids are going to LOVE his first CD Playdate. It is packed with enjoyable original songs and old favorites. Mr. Gabe (aka Gabe Hutter) aims his tunes at children aged baby-first grade, but our third grader and my husband and I have been rocking out, all of us singing along, on our recent road trips. Although we were already familiar with “Five Little Monkeys,” Read more...

HUGE Baby Shower Event for Expectant Mamas: T.H.E. Baby Shower DC!

Expectant, adopting and brand new mothers in the Washington, DC area deserve to be pampered with at least three baby showers each, in my opinion. So what better way to celebrate your M.O.M. status than attending T.H.E. Baby Shower DC -- it's an exclusive event celebrating (and showering) YOU!Held at the gorgeous Torpedo Factory Arts Center in Old Town Alexandria, T.H.E. Baby Shower is a deluxe evening hosted by The Bump, Inova Alexandria Birthing Center, The Purple Goose children's boutique Read more...