NYT Well article reports increased head injuries in stroller tumbles

While it isn't clear whether the increase in number of head injuries to babies as a result of stroller and carrier accidents - the increase might just be due to more reporting - it IS clear that stroller and carrier accidents are harming an average of 50 babies a day. The head and the face of the babies take the brunt of the impact, which can cause brain injury in addition to abrasions and bruising.

According to the article, the primary causes for these accidents are adults overloading the strollers, including by dangling items off of handles, causing tip overs, and by not making sure that their children are securely buckled. 

The good news is that strollers and carriers are generally MORE safe than they used to be! 

While it is always good to stay on top of product recalls, WE actually can reduce these injuries by not overloading or dangling iems off stroller handles, and by reminding our children's caregivers about this danger. And don't forget to buckle -- and to regularly make sure that your little darlings have not unbuckled themselves!

(For the full article, read the August 17th Well blog article in the Health section.)

 

Downtown New Twin Moms Meet Up Happening Thursday August 11th

Are you a new twin mom? Live in the Chelsea, Tribeca, the Village, or other nearby neighborhoods? The Downtown New Twin Moms group is having its first meet up Thursday August 11th. This group is mom-led and organized; if this is something that you'd be interested in, join us to find out the time and location. This event will be free of charge for members.

We are also now planning a weekend day October Chelsea/Downtown area Mini-Montessori education program for parents AND kids from 6 to 18 months old. It will be led by a Montessori expert from CuratedCare.com. There will be plenty of time for parents to socialize as well as to learn how to play with their children in support of their development. Stay tuned for the exact date & time!  This program will be for members only and will cost $5 per family. 

So again, join us!

Planning Ahead for Fall Routines - checklist for good sleep

It is late July...but school supplies are on sale and it isn't too soon to start thinking ahead towards September. In fact advance planning now will prevent feeling squeezed later on. So, in addition to  deciding what you REALLY need to buy to be ready for the fall season, NOW is a great time to starting planning for good sleep - which, face it, is much more important than most other items on that back-to-school or back-to-work checklist.

We now know how critical getting enough sleep is to health and development for both ourselves and our children. Maybe you got off your routine this summer? Or have a 'summer schedule' that won't work for fall? Or want to start one for the first time? Dr. Robert Rosenberg, DO, has some tips that you can easily implement as summer winds down so that you have a better fall.

Enjoy the dog days of summer!

MTC Programs and Events Fall 2016 & Beyond - Save These Dates!

Another great year of MTC education and social programming is in the works!

With generous support from Premier Sponsors Fertility IQ and Explore Discover Early Learning Centers, we encourage you to SAVE these DATES as we will have more education and social programs than ever before! If you aren't a member, now is a great time to join - our programs are open to members only!

If there is a program topic that you'd like us to cover, or if you know of a fun, central location for a social program/event, do let us know!

More details coming soon, but get ready - SAVE these dates now!

Be sure that your BigTent profile has your best email so that you will receive event invitations and can RSVP as soon as possible. Many programs will fill within a few days of being announced. (Announcements are typically sent via member email blast about 6 - 7 weeks before the program date.)

September 19 - Getting Into NYC Kindergarten with Alina Adams - free
October  17 - Early Intervention: Why, When (tip: earlier is better), and How - free
October/early November - Live the LUSH Life -  social - private party at LUSH UES - gift card included - fee - exact date TBD
November 14 - Hiring Nannies & Household Help - options, tips, laws - presented by parents who are also experienced employers of professional and household staff - free
Early December - Social Program - Tea at the Crosby Hotel - fee - exact date TBD
February 13 - Q&A with a Pediatrician - the latest news and recommendations - free
March 20 - social drinks/dinner - Rock Center Cafe - fee - exact date TBD
April 24 - education program - free
May 13 - Central Park Picnic - free

Dates and topics are tentative and subject to change. RSVP required.

As always, education programs are for members only, and free; social programs are also for members only, but typically require that participants pay a fee (for food, drink, goods, etc.) toward the event.

Typically education programs are held on the third Monday of each month, from 6:30 - 8:30P but can vary to coordinate with holidays and special program opportunities. Social program dates/times vary.

If you missed past programs, check the Member Files section for handouts, reference materials and links provided by the speakers. Last year's programs included:

- Ages & Stages: Development infancy to 5 - what's 'typical''? 
- Put Mr. Potato Head (tm) to Work: play to support child development
- The Sleep Lady, practical solutions to supporting sleep for the whole family
- Nutrition & Feeding: infant/child nutrition and feeding solutions and tips, addressing common challenges

Thank You to our Premier Sponsors!

Education events made possible in part by our Premier sponsors:

FertilityIQ

With your help, FertilityIQ is building the first comprehensive and trustworthy database of fertility doctor reviews. Please share your candid and anonymous insights to help hopeful parents find the best fertility doctor for them.

Learn more at fertilityiq.com

Explore Discover Early Learning Center

ExploreDiscover is an Early Learning Center located in Manhattan (26th & 2nd) that provides highly professional, quality childcare guided by the Reggio Emilia & RIE approaches.  Infants & toddlers are nurtured, stimulated, and motivated through a child-centered curriculum that focuses on music, movement, and art.

www.explorediscover.net

New Science: Analysis of studies showing 'the breast is best' - findings a relief to those who can't, or can't for as long as they might like

Today fivethirtyeight.com (Nate Silver's data analysis website), in the Science and Health section, posted a short article called 'Breastfeeding: can everyone just calm down?' Love the title, by the way, as being calm is something that new moms sometimes aren't. (I sure wasn't always calm, though I tried!) 

The article, link to be posted in The Poop on the public website, reviews the various surveys that have strongly shown that breastfeeding is superior to formula feeding. But a careful analysis of those surveys should bring a bit of relief for those folks who aren't able to breast feed at all or for very long, for whatever reason. (Assuming that is, that you have a SAFE non-Flint, non-third world style water supply... sigh.) 

This analysis was prompted by a staff member's visit to her midwife's office where she saw a poster that seemed to equate breastfeeding with reducing the incidence of childhood obesity. The article is definitely worth a read, and yes, everyone can just calm down. Breastfeeding does appear to provide some important benefits, and yes, more studies would probably be good, but from what they can see, if you can't breast feed or can't do it for as long as you might wish, nothing terrible will happen. Which is a relief for those of us who face those situations!

Building stronger immune systems for babies scheduled for c-section delivery

On Feb 1, NPR reported on small study conducted at NYU and published in Nature magazine that reported success in giving babies delivered by c-section a microbiome similar to babies delivered vaginally. In recent years many scientists have come to suspect that the reason that babies delivered via c-section have more risk for immune system-related disorders (asthma, excema, Type 1 diabetes, etc) is because they don't get the same boost from their mother's microbiome. Many also think that the trend towards more c-sections in the last decades might be playing a role in the marked increase in immune systems disorders. 

While many parents can avoid a c-section - if it is being done for the doctor's/patient's convenience, socio-cultural norms, etc - parents of multiples typically don't have a choice. The study showed very consistently that babies swabbed with a gauze saturated with the mother's vaginal microbes immediately after birth had a microbiome close to that of vaginally delivered babies. While scientists caution parents to not try this at home (!), one of the scientists interviewed did say that she had her OB-GYN do it for her baby. The scientist had to have a c-section! So if you might be scheduled for a c-section, have a chat with your doctor!

Congratulations! It's a .... Podcast! Announcing Alina Adam's “Accepted: Secrets of NYC School Admissions Podcast”

IT'S NEWBORN, it's free, and it is sure to be terrific! If you missed her September MTC presentation, or if you want more, listen to Alina's new podcast, available for free on her website, , or if you want more, listen to Alina's new podcast, available for free on her website

Alina explains all of the options and givens answers to parents’ questions such as: How do I apply to a public school outside my zone or to a charter school? Where/when should I get my child test for Gifted & Talented programs? and How do I get financial aid for private school?

Taking an entrepreneurial leap to improve the fertility process for everyone - FertilityIQ founders Jake and Deb Anderson-Bialis talk to us!

MANY MEMBERS MET married couple (and Premier Club Sponsors) Jake and Deb of FertilityIQ when they joined us at the September 'Getting Into NYC Kindergarten' meeting. Jake and Deb are the founders of FertilityIQ, which they created so that experienced fertility patients can lend their wisdom and perspective to those beginning the process. But Jake and Deb didn't start their company just because it looked like a gap in the marketplace -- which it is -- but because they themselves had what felt to them like a 'seemingly endless and lonely siege' to address their collective fertility challenges.

'We found it was just impossible to know which doctor would work for us,' says Deb, who in three years visited multiple doctors, in multiple states. According to the couple, who are in their early 30s, the online resources to research fertility doctors are woeful, and what may work for friends or co-workers does not necessarily work for others. In the couples eyes, 'friends want to help but they likely have their own fertility histories, medical preferences, schedules, budgets, and temperaments. Choosing a fertility doctor is a very individual thing and there is a ton of nuance to getting this right. And a lot of consequence as well.' According to the couple, over half of fertility patients interview only one doctor and ultimately become dissatisfied with their choice. Since fertility treatments cost the equivalent of two years household savings (CDC, US Census), and deliver an emotional burden on par with suffering from cancer (Harvard), mistakes here can be incredibly painful, both emotionally and financially.

So Deb and Jake left their tech industry jobs (RISE product manager and Sequoia Capital partner, respectively), set up an office in their dining room, working on a whiteboard propped up on their credenza, and created FertilityIQ, a site where fertility patients can anonymously, but thoroughly, review their doctor and clinic. Say Deb, 'With each review, we come to understand who the reviewer is as a person and what their specific experience was with that doctor, that nurse, that billing department and that clinic. Gathering reviews is job number one; for the moment, and is going better than expected to date.' 'The volume and quality of reviews has been spectacular,' according to Jake, 'because like us, people who have gone through this nightmare want to make it easier for whomever goes next.' In that respect, they are very much aligned with the MTC member ethos!

The couple is waiting to amass a few hundred reviews in each city so that FertilityIQ is robust, comprehensive, balanced and trustworthy. Thereafter, hopeful parents will be able to visit the site and, says Deb, know what it is like to be patient of every single fertility doctor and clinic in the city and be able to sort reviews based on diagnosis (e.g. PCOS, endometriosis), treatment type (e.g. IUI, IVF, 3rd party reproduction), age and other criteria . According to Deb, 'we have built the infrastructure and sunk our own time and money into making this spectacular, now all we need are for fertility patients to keep contributing their invaluable reviews.'

If you have been through the fertility process, and want to make it a little less scary for others, join others and contribute your review at FertilityIQ.com. It really will make a difference!

Ages & Stages: What's typical? - highlights from our October program


SITTING IN A CIRCLE around Renee Bock, Chief Academic Officer of ExploreDiscover Early Learning Center members heard Renee she shared her journey to becoming an early childhood expert, revealing that she was once a self-described 'Early Intervention'-denying Mom. (One her three sons did very much need EI, something that she, like quite a few parents, first resisted.) 

After speaking generally about early childhood development, she gave us handouts that detailed a few different assessment methods and associated check lists and observation tools (posted in the Files section of our BigTent community members' only website) to aid parents in thinking in a more structured way about child development. She spoke at length about the RIE method, popular in the LA area, and, with some modifications, being used by ExploreDiscover. The benefit of using methods and tools to structure one's thinking about development, she pointed out, is that then a parents can carefully and systematically observe their children to determine if they think there might be a concern. Then she moved on to discuss the three most important things that she felt parents should keep in mind.

- Try to avoid measuring one twin against the other, as they may be working on different areas and at different paces; personality also plays a role here. 

- If you feel in your gut - not based on what've you read, what others say, etc - that something is 'off,' get an assessment. Not because you want the 'perfect child,' but because often early intervention means that there is a much greater likelihood of the child being able to 'catch up' in the weak area, and no longer need the intervention. 

- Don't rely on pediatricians: Given the limited interactions that they have with your children, and the time pressure that they are under, unless there is something glaringly wrong, pediatricians often have a 'don't worry' attitude. Renee encouraged parents to go with their gut, and to pay attention to other people who spend significant amounts of time with their children, such as caregivers or family members. Use developmental charts if needed to help ask questions or discuss the issue with others who know your children well.

The 'aha-ha' moment of her talk was when she gave us a new, helpful way to view about child development and special needs: in fact, ALL children have special needs!

Each child has his/her very own individual development path, which will be strewn with obstacles personal to that child, given his or her specific motor,cognitive and social skills, as well as temperament. Each child's needs at any given moment will be particular to him/her; some will need more targeted, special help at times to be successful in achieving their development tasks. She also noted that parents can help their children develop resilient and flexible temperaments, and noted that temperament plays an important role in how children approach and respond to the challenges of development. She noted that our goal as parents should be to provide children with what they need at that moment to help them develop to their potential.

Then we got right into the meat of the evening: Renee fielded parents' specific questions and lead the group to share their experiences. Given that our group was primarily parents of infants/very young children, questions and discussion focused on those stages, with talk about feeding, motor skills, and more. We didn't stop until 8:30P, when Renee also gave us a short classroom tour of ExploreDiscover, highlighting some of the toys used (many for the very young were homemade from common household objects) to support development.

Putting Mr. Potato Head (tm) to Work: play strategies for development (ages 0-5)

SO YOU WANT TO SUPPORT your childrens' development (yet avoid frustrating them) - then come to this workshop! Dana Rosenbloom, M.S. Ed. D., will talk about appropriate play materials and how to use them to support your child's interests and expand understanding. Learn strategies for using popular toys and materials to help enrich your child’s development.  By recognizing the signs that your child is becoming frustrated, you'll be able to tailor play experiences to support their growth. Plenty of time for Q &A will be included. (And just in time for the holiday gift giving season - this workshop can help you choose and provide guidance to family members seeking gift tips.) Light refreshments.

Dana has a Master’s degree in Infant and Parent Development and Early Intervention and has been working with children and families for over 10 years. Learn more about Dana and Dana’s Kids, and subscribe for her FREE newsletter here

This event is for members' only; join us now!

Education events made possible in part by our premier sponsors: 

FertilityIQ

With your help, FertilityIQ is building the first comprehensive and trustworthy database of fertility doctor reviews. Please share your candid and anonymous insights to help hopeful parents find the best fertility doctor for them.

Explore Discover Early Learning Center

What Will Your Child Explore Discover Today? 

ExploreDiscover is an Early Learning Center located in Manhattan (26th & 2nd) that provides highly professional, quality childcare guided by the Reggio Emilia & RIE approaches. Infants & toddlers are nurtured, stimulated, and motivated through a child-centered curriculum that focuses on music, movement, and art.

Watching Them Grow - article, plus handout and links from Oct 19 guest speaker and educator Renee Bock

Tonight's (Oct 19) MTC meeting features early childhood educator Renee Bock.

A little knowledge of the developmental processes and key accomplishments at each stage can reduce stress -- and help you confidently address those pointed questions from your in-laws! 

In addition to speaking to our group, she is also generously giving us a custom handout, an article (print and e-versions), plus links for more information. They will be posted on our BigTent members' only Community portal. 

Join us to get access to these and other materials!

Renee Bock is a dedicated early childhood educator, who is currently the Chief Academic Officer at Explore+Discover, a social learning center in Manhattan that is committed to setting the standard for infant and toddler care and education. Renee has over a decade of experience and a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College. She has three sons, and can be reached at Renee@K3Learn.com

Ages & Stages: Infancy to 5 - what's typical? Education program on Oct 19th

Simple guidelines presented by Renee Bock, Chief Academic Officer of Explore+Discover Early Learning Center to help parents understand 'what's typical' with regard to language, small and large motor skills, play, and more. Plus, Renee will share common myths and reveal which ones are NOT helpful. This topic is often a special concern for parents of twins who will often see differences as their children develop. A little knowledge of the developmental processes and key accomplishments at each stage can reduce stress -- and help you confidently address those pointed questions from your in-laws! Ample time to answer YOUR specific questions!

Renee Bock is a dedicated early childhood educator, who is currently the Chief Academic Officer at Explore+Discover, a social learning center in Manhattan that is committed to setting the standard for infant and toddler care and education. Renee has over a decade of experience and a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College. She has three sons, and can be reached at Renee@K3Learn.com

For members only. If you are a parent of multiples, join us now!

Education events made possible in part by our premier sponsors:

FertilityIQ: With your help, FertilityIQ is building the first comprehensive and trustworthy database of fertility doctor reviews. Please share your candid and anonymous insights to help hopeful parents find the best fertility doctor for them. Learn more at fertilityiq.com

ExploreDiscover is an Early Learning Center located in Manhattan (26th & 2nd) providing highly professional, quality childcare guided by the Reggio Emilia & RIE approaches.  Infants & toddlers are nurtured, stimulated, and motivated by a child-centered curriculum that focuses on music, movement, and art. Learn more at explorediscover.net

Multiples due soon? A special October class offer from Twiniversity

The Club is pleased to present a 'Buy One, Get One free' offer from Twiniversity for our members who are expecting multiples or who have children under 6 months old.

The first three members who register and pay for the NYC October 5th Twiniversity 101, Part 1 class, will get the second class, Part 2, (on October 12th in NYC) for FREE. The class includes dinner and takes place between 6:30 - 8:30P. Each class normally costs $160 per family (up to two attendees per family).

Twiniversity 101, Part 1, covers everything you need to know BEFORE your bundles of joy are born; Part 2 helps you adjust to life with twins once they have arrived!

Learn more about both courses and the materials and goody bag provided (over $100 value), at Twiniversity.

If you'd like to take advantage of this special offer, email natalie@twiniversity.com and note that you have offer code MTC5BOGO. Please indicate that you would like to attend the October 12th part 2 session.

Twiniversity founder Natalie Diaz is a long time Club member and volunteer, and a NYC mom of boy/girl twins. We appreciate her support of the Club and its members.

Casting for African-American twins for Th Sept 17

A Hulu show, starring Hugh Dancy and Aaron Paul is seeking this Thursday, September 17 is casting now for African-American twins (0 - 15 months). Time on set will be very short, according to the casting director and they'll pay $300 or more per child, negotiable. 

Contact Stephanie DeCourcey, sdecourcey@centralcasting.com, at Central Casting ASAP if you are interested. 

You may feel free to share this with any interested friends. 

We get quite a few of these every week for twins of all ages, even adult, so if you are interested in this kind of thing, check the website news section regularly.

Educational TV Series casting - they train caregivers, don't they?

Yes, we all want well-trained caregivers with expertise in child development... but they aren't born, they're made. (Apologies for the back-to-back movie related allusions...) If you are a NYC family with fraternal twins of over 11 years old, your family might be able to help train the next generation of caregivers. In September, about an hour, flexible schedule, $150.

Pearson Education, the nation’s leading digital education publisher, is currently seeking participants for an educational video series to accompany the upcoming first edition of The Dynamic Child.

The Dynamic Child is a digital program for the college-level child development course that closely integrates robust coverage of core child development concepts, theories, and research with an interactive experience to support experiential learning and critical thinking. This effort is spearheaded by Dr. Frank Manis, Professor of Psychology and Education at the University of Southern California. Dr. Manis is an award-winning teacher and widely-published author in the areas of reading disabilities, literacy, and cognitive functioning in special populations of children.

Who: Mother or father of fraternal twins (either two boys, two girls, or a boy and a girl). The twins can be any age from 12 up. Not infants. In September. $100 compensation. 

Where: Home setting, perhaps seated in a living room chair or at the kitchen table. Not a lot of equipment; small spaces are okay.

What: You'll be asked questions about the twins' personalities, such as: are there any differences in the twins that you feel developed in spite of treating them the same and trying to provide a similar environment? Any differences that you think developed because the twins sought out or motivated you to seek out different environments for them (e.g., one twin begged to be on a sports team and the other begged to play a musical instrument). Are there some similarities between them that you think are due to the particular environment or family values to which they have been exposed? (Footage will only be used for this purpose - see Talent Release.)

This one ISN'T a reality show...

For more info, contact: 

Julie Tondreau
Julie.Film@gmail.com

Getting Into NYC kindergarten - the reality series - casting now for October

So we just got the following email from a 'major cable network' who is producing a TV series on... wait for it... Getting into 'prestigious' NYC private pre-schools and kindergartens.

And they are casting this month for production in October (see below for details and contact info). 

Given that our upcoming Sept 16 event on 'Getting into NYC Kindergarten' went to waitlist status in less that one day, we know that NYers are interested in this topic, but we wonder what the rest of the nation will think. (Okay, we admit, we have a pretty good idea what they will think, AND that's why they are shooting a reality tv show...)

In any event, they are casting now and the lucky families chosen will receive free admissions counseling and, of course, TV exposure.

If you're interested... (and let us know if you are cast!)

DOCUMENTARY TV SERIES CASTING NYC FAMILIES
APPLYING TO PRIVATE PRE-SCHOOL OR KINDERGARTEN


The toughest admission rates in the country? Not Harvard, but New York City private schools. The application process is of the most stressful times in a parent’s life. 
If you’re a parent looking get your kid(s) into a prestigious private pre-school or kindergarten, we want to hear from you! If your family is chosen to participate in this documentary television series on a major cable network, we’ll pair you up with the top admissions coach in the city!

Please email us ASAP at gettingintoschool@gmail.com

Tell us a little about you and your family and make sure to include your name, number and best time to reach you, along with a family photo.

 

Live the LUSH life this fall - October 4th, 7 - 9p

Our first member's only social event this fall will be a private party on October 4th at LUSH, and it will be so much fun! Join other members for facial masks, hand and arm massages, and make up and hair care product tryouts, featuring those great LUSH products, of course! We'll make our own Bath Bombs, have yummy fresh snacks, and SHOP using the gift cards (apprx. $40 in value; good that evening and beyond) provided as party favors.

We can't wait...

RSVP required. Fee $35. Limited to 12 members. 7 to 9P. Yummy fresh snacks.

If you aren't a member, join now so that you can RSVP!

Multiples due soon? A special September Twiniversity BOGO offer just for you..

Are you expecting multiples soon? Or do you have newborn bundles of joy? There's a special offer just for you!

The Club is pleased to present a 'Buy One, Get One free' offer from Twiniversity for our members who are expecting multiples or who have children under 6 months old.

The first three members who register and pay for the NYC September 15th Twiniversity 101, Part 1 class, will get the second class, Part 2, (on September 17th in NYC) for FREE. The class includes dinner and takes place between 6:30 - 8:30P. Each class normally costs $160 per family (up to two attendees per family).

Twiniversity 101, Part 1, covers everything you need to know BEFORE your bundles of joy are born; Part 2 helps you adjust to life with twins once they have arrived!

Learn more about both courses and the materials and goody bag provided (over $100 value), at Twiniversity.

If you'd like to take advantage of this special offer, email natalie@twiniversity.com and note that you have offer code MTC5BOGO. Please indicate that you would like to attend the September 17th part 2 session.

Twiniversity founder Natalie Diaz is a long time Club member and volunteer, and a NYC mom of boy/girl twins. We appreciate her support of the Club and its members.

Have a baby monitor? AP reports several top-sellers can be hacked

From an AP story reported in the NYT today:

NEW YORK (AP) — Several of the most popular Internet-connected baby monitors lack basic security features, making them vulnerable to even the most basic hacking attempts, according to a new report from a cybersecurity firm. In addition, a hacked camera could provide access to other Wi-Fi-enabled devices in a person's home, such as a personal computer or security system.

View the story to see what brands were found lacking and recommended steps to take.

The 'internet of things' is not so much fun after all. Sigh.

 

 

Manhattan Twins Club (MTC) hosts Alina Adams, NYT best-selling author of "Getting Into NYC Kindergarten."

Manhattan Twins Club (MTC) is proud to host Alina Adams, NYT best-selling author of Getting Into NYC Kindergarten. Adams guides parents step by step and month by month through the secrets of the NYC Kindergarten application process that the Department of Education doesn't want you to know. 

She explains the pros and cons of public, private, charter, gifted, religious and magnet programs, and how to secure the best school for your children, including schools with sibling priority for twins! With Q&A so read the book and get your questions ready!

RSVP required. Light refreshments. Free. MTC Members only -- if you aren't a member, join today! Space is limited so act now! Learn more about the book at www.tinyurl.com/NYCKbook.


Education events made possible in part by our premier sponsors:

FertilityIQ: With your help, FertilityIQ is building the first comprehensive and trustworthy database of fertility doctor reviews. Share your insights to help others find better care more quickly. Learn more at fertilityiq.com

Explore Discover Early Learning Center: What Will Your Child Explore Discover Today? Amazing childcare in the heart of Manhattan. Dedicated to helping children grow socially, physically, and cognitively through nurturing care, an arts-oriented curriculum and a professional staff. Schedule a tour today -- you are always welcome! www.explorediscover.net