DC Metro Car Seat Safety Inspection Locations and Events

This week is National Child Passenger Safety Week, and Saturday September 22 is National Seat Check Saturday. This initiative is all about keeping our kids and babies safe when traveling by car. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Safe Kids and the GM Foundation have pulled together some very important information and events to make car seat safety easy on us busy parents. Have Your Car Seat Installed By An Expert Although some fire stations may be able to install your Read more...

Movies With Babies in the DC Area: My Latest Piece in the Washington Post

Been looking for when and where to find those baby-mama movies? Here's the scoop! Places for parents with babies to go to the movies By Jessica McFadden for The Washington Post When you first become a parent, helpful friends, parenting books and Web sites list certain activities as de rigueur while you’re on maternity leave or beginning your stint at home. In addition to taking bonding-filled parent/child yoga classes and finding a moms or dads group, another oft-recommended outing is a Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Kidville Bethesda Classes

I have experienced my fair share of music classes with Charlie and Eve when they were babies, toddlers and young preschoolers. But never one with a live band! Enter Kidville Bethesda's Rockin Railroad, or as we call it around these parts, 11 month old Alice McFadden's ultimate happy place. Once a week Alice has been jamming, laughing, clapping and making friends in this incredibly engaging music class. It is unlike any mommy and me, sing-songs-in-a-circle experience I have seen in my eight Read more...

Mocha Moms: A Mother’s Group That Rocks!

Mocha Moms, Inc. is a support group for mothers of color who have chosen not to work full-time outside of the home in order to devote more time to their families and communities. Mocha Moms serves as an advocate for those mothers and encourages the spirit of community activism within its membership. The following is my post about the Silver Spring chapter, which is actually comprised of members who live in Silver Spring, Burtonsville, Laurel and Columbia. Other Washington, DC-area Mocha Moms Read more...

Baby Bash and Bling Expo on October 22 – Mark Your Calendars!

Pregnancy is exciting, adoption is amazing and the arrival of our babies is the most fascinating experience of our lives -- definitely cause for an all-out celebration. That is why this month's Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show on Saturday October 22nd is a must-attend event for those of you rocking a baby bump, decorating a nursery or dreaming of your blessed arrival. The Baby Bash and Bling Expo & Show is an interactive lifestyle expo celebrating all things for expectant moms. This Read more...

I’m a New Mom All Over Again

Alice - 20 weeks A real conversation Friend: You smell good. New perfume? Me: Sort of. It's the smelly flowers from the Pat the Bunny book. Friend: As in 'Judy smells the pretty flowers....' Me: '...now YOU smell the stinky flowers.' Exactly. Except it's Paul who's the future florist. Or possibly a jeweler since he can't get enough of Mummy's ring. Friend: Wow, Jess. Wow. Me: Don't you dare ask me what I do all day or I'll make you touch my scratchy calves.     Read more...

TLC Parentables: Trying to Bring the Funny & Whoa Baby!

A Parent in Silver Spring has a new post over on Parentables - TLC's new, awesome parenting website with contributors from throughout the blogosphere and TLC personalities like Michelle Duggar and Kate Gosselin too. This latest contribution is my very true account of taking the kids for their annual pediatrician visit over spring break. Back in the day I would have come equipped with paper and pen for taking meticulous notes on all the pediatrician's wisdom and advice, noting their growth percentiles Read more...

Movies for Moms at Montgomery Mall on Wednesdays

Movies for Moms in the Washington, DC Area Did you know that every Wednesday at 10 am at The Movies at Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, moms, dads and caregivers can catch a movie for just $5 (kids five and under are free)...and the SECOND Wednesday of the month is FREE for adults? One guess as to where you'll find me and bebe on Wednesdays this summer? A new featured film is shown every week, the lights are dimmed (not pitch black) so you can see what your little ones are doing, and the sound Read more...

I Need Your Advice on Baby Products and GIVEAWAY of Baby Bedding!

Hello experienced parents! I know that I'm usually the one bossing you guys around about what to do and what to buy... but I haven't had a baby in FIVE years... and there's a lot of new stuff out there! So now I'm turning to YOU for YOUR advice. And every person who lends their mom or dad expert baby gear opinion will be entered to win a free product themselves: a sampler pack of baby blankets, burp cloths and more from BobbleRoos. BobbleRoos is an online baby bedding boutique run by Read more...