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  • Back-to-School Worries: Our Children and Us

    Back-to-School Worries: Our Children and Us

    By Alison Cupp Relyea  It is back-to-school season, and everywhere, parents and children are saying good-bye to the summer, usually a season marked by an increase in family time, and saying hello to new teachers and friends. This is an exciting time, particularly for young children and new parents who have been looking forward to those first preschool experiences, but it can also be a time of nerves and worries. Children may be separating for the first time, which means parents are also separating for the first time. I have had three children transition to school and I spent many...

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  • When To Switch From Crib To Bed

    When To Switch From Crib To Bed

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    By Alison Cupp Relyea One of the biggest questions we consider as parents when thinking about our toddler’s sleep habits is when to transition from a crib to a toddler bed or a big kid bed. Having had three children who all transitioned at different points and on different paths, rest assured there is no right answer. A child’s readiness, family needs and space constraints can determine the natural time for your child to transition. The important thing is to keep some consistency to maintain good sleep habits through the change.  My oldest child moved into a toddler bed a...

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  • Summer Sun Makes Travel Fun

    Summer Sun Makes Travel Fun

    By Alison Cupp Relyea       Vacations are wonderful, right? In theory, yes, but with small children, travel can also be exhausting and emotionally draining. The change from your everyday routine means more planning ahead to ensure a smooth trip. Being prepared can make an enormous difference in your family’s experience. No matter where you are going and whether you are driving or flying, remember that traveling as a family is about having fun and spending quality time together. Making the extra effort before you leave will lead to a more relaxing vacation. Here are some of our favorite...

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  • Cooling Down as Summer Heats Up

    Cooling Down as Summer Heats Up

    By Alison Cupp Relyea        As a new parent, I remember struggling to keep our apartment set to the right temperature, both in winter and in summer. My first two children are both summer babies and needed summer baby clothes. They spent those first few precious weeks in the hot humidity that defines a New York City summer. Following the advice from the nurses to always dress a baby a bit warmer than we would dress ourselves, I set out to create a comfortable crib environment and wardrobe for my babies that would work in those hot summer...

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  • Surviving the Summertime Stains

    Surviving the Summertime Stains

      By Alison Cupp Relyea          Summertime can be surprisingly messy, especially if this is your first summer with a mobile toddler or with multiple children. Suddenly the gorgeous bedding, luxury baby wear and accessories that made it through the winter without much wear and tear are subject to an active, messy toddler. After a long day of play in the sun, it is fairly typical to return home with a tired child who is covered in dirt, snacks, and maybe a scrape or two. You want to preserve the quality items in your home, but how...

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  • Toddler Furniture

    By Alison Cupp Relyea           Before having children, our homes are filled with adult-sized things, from tables and chairs to towels and place settings. When a baby arrives, some items immediately become smaller. We get cribs and bassinets with beautiful baby bedding sets, hooded towels for bath time and baby books for story time. In one part of our house, things become smaller, but elsewhere, they remain the same. As a baby quickly grows into a toddler, they often outgrow the initial supply of newborn items and we race to keep up on clothing and shoes,...

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