Ages 0 – 5

Here we have put together a list of baby needs that every mother should know about– no wipe warmers, no bottle cleaning systems, no super-absurd, marketing hype items to make you crazy or to make your diaper bag too heavy to carry- here are the true essentials for a newborn (and even this list is excessive)!

Baby nail clippers (you won`t believe how long their nails are even after they have just arrived!)

Infant bath sponge - no need for those huge plastic tubs- this lies right in the bottom of your tub, doesn`t make the baby slip and is nice and cozy for them.

Washcloths & cloth diapers to throw over your shoulder to keep YOU dry.

Tons of clean white t-shirts (whenever buying clothes- err towards the larger sizes, they fit in the 0-3 month clothes for about a day)

Car seat/infant carrier

Nipples/bottles – even if you plan on breast feeding, it’s best to have them on hand in case the little one decides that breast feeding is not for them

Stroller - make sure that they are EASY to fold and lightweight. Also, I happen to prefer that they have two handles – they are easier to drive with one hand…
If you need a pack-n-play, get an extra mattress - those things are awful for little people – they are sooo hard – I don`t know how they ever fall asleep in them!

Pacifiers and pacifier holders – they may be a lifesaver.  Just a thought too — you can throw a pacifier away, you can’t get rid of their thumb– go with a pacifier!

Bibs (even though they may not be eating soon- some of these little wonders are spitter-upers- best to be equipped with bibs to protect their clothes)

Receiving blankets   

Monitor — something simple is fine, no need for the video monitor with all of the bells and whistles

Thermometer — the kind that goes under their arm works in most cases

Balmex or other diaper rash ointment — for sore bottoms

Mobile — only if YOU want one — a simple mobile (don’t bother with the lights and sounds mobiles – just something to look at will do – otherwise you have to go back in their room and turn the thing back on again and again and again!)

Soothing vapor baby bath - great for late nights with their first stuffy nose – a life saver to keep in medicine chest at all times.

An activity mat for the floor – I can`t say enough how important it will become for you to have a child that plays ALONE for any period of time– get them used to it from the start– put the baby down!

Wipes/diapers   

Bottle brush for cleaning bottles   

Baby shampoo & baby soap 

Amadeus Conservatory of Music offers private music lessons in piano, guitar, bass guitar, voice, drums, suzuki violin and cello (ages 4-6), and all band and orchestral instruments to children and adults of all ages. Our international faculty is composed of enthusiastic and inspiring artists, graduates of the Juilliard School or schools of like caliber who are dedicated to passing on their passion and expertise. Students participate in recitals and have the opportunity to hear their teachers perform. Early Childhood classes (ages 3-5) give young children the opportunity to play real instruments in child-sized proportions, such as 1/8 violins, miniature accordions and guitars, recorders, bongo and conga drums, and other percussion instruments. Music theory, electronic composition, chamber ensembles, and jazz ensembles are offered. The musical theater department gives students the opportunity to become knowledgeable in the art of theater. From performance of Broadway musicals to the various technical aspects of theater, students acquire a real hands-on experience, while working with trained professionals in the field. Locations: Chappaqua: 201 King Street, Bedford: St. Matthew`s Church, 382 Cantitoe Street, and Rye: First Presbyterian Church.  Call 914-238-0388 for more information or visit www.Amadeusconservatory.com.

 

Students will develop stronger and healthier bodies, a positive attitude about themselves and others, and self-defense techniques. All classes held in the Multi-Purpose Room, Leonard Park, Mount Kisco. For information, call: 914.666.3059.

We`re not cute, we`re Rock and Roll
Angelic Genius is the brand for the always growing number of hip, stylish, active new parents, or anybody who is simply tired of the plain, cute, or full-of-frills look that typical infant clothing is about. For the smart mom, the sharp dad, and the cool best friend looking for a gift, Angelic Genius is the perfect fit. Visit www.angelicgenius.com to make your order!

Named 2010 Best Kids Theater Class by Westchester Magazine, Applause Westchester is the highly acclaimed music and drama program that offers the perfect class for your child! Classes include Broadway Babies and Rock-n-Roll Babies Music Classes (4 months-3 years), Stars (3-5 years), Superstars (K-5th grade), and the Applause Weekend Workshops (5th-8th grade). Applause Westchester also offers Private Lessons in Singing, Acting, Dance and Piano. At Applause Westchester you can celebrate your child`s birthday with a customized birthday party of your choice that includes acting, singing, and dancing. Parties for ages 1-4 include Princess Party, The Wizard of Oz, Annie, The Sound of Music and more. Our older performance parties for ages 5-10 include our Hip-Hop Extravaganza, Pop-Star Contest, Hairspray and many more.  Packages start at just $395.  Applause Westchester, 114 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, NY 10543, (914) 835-2200, info@applauseny.com.  Visit www.applauseny.com.

 

babymassageFun to learn, simple to do, baby massage is a wonderful thing for your baby and for yourself.  In this hands-on, small group class, you will learn strokes and stretches to promote relaxation, build a strong, healthy immune system, facilitate weight gain and help develop body awareness and coordination. You will also learn techniques to offer relief from colds, colic, hiccups, constipation, diarrhea and teething irritability.   Great opportunity to meet other moms, and for your baby to make friends too!   Locations: KTI, Port Chester; The Temperance Center, Eastchester; Wainwright House, Rye.  Call 914-960-8808 or visit www.bonaccordmassage.com/Baby-Massage-Workshops.html

barefootbooksCarefully crafted children’s books and gifts is what Barefoot Books is about. Our products help children on their journey to becoming happy, engaged members of the global community. Barefoot Books uses timeless stories and captivating illustrations to encourage exploration and creativity. We have books for infants and up.

Please visit www.ms.brown.barefootbooks.com. Use ambassador referral code 000-1elr when making a purchase.  How about hosting a party? Share our beautiful books in your home with friends and family and you’ll earn free gifts. Looking to start a home-based business? For these and other opportunities contact La-Sheila at ms.brown.barefootbooks@gmail.com.

Visit the lower Hudson`s only riverfront environmental center!  Our spacious interpretive center has spectacular views of the Hudson and Palisades, with fish tanks, and interactive exhibits. Outside there is a sandy beach and tidal marsh. Check out www.Beczak.org for a calendar of monthly family events, classes, and special celebrations. Open 7 days a week, 9 – 5.

Bedford Arts & Music — Experience the Joy of Family Music®!   Sing!  Jump!  Wiggle!  Music Together® is music and movement classes for children ages birth through 5 and grownups who love them.  A research-based early childhood music development program founded on the belief that ALL CHILDREN ARE MUSICAL!  We offer classes in Bedford Hills, Pound Ridge, and South Salem.  Join us for a free demo.  Visit www.bedfordartsmusic.com, or email us at suzanne@bedfordartsmusic.com for more information.

Bedford Babies at the Bedford Free Library. Are you a new parent who could use all the help you can get? Join Adrian Kalikow, M.Ed., in an eight-week program designed to help new parents share the joys & challenges of parenthood. Parents (accompanied by their babies 11 months or less) will gather to discuss the many issues that arise with a new infant. No fee, space is limited. Registration is required. Call 914.234.3570 or register in the Children`s Room.

Briarcliff Nursery School has provided a developmentally appropriate education since 1947. Our students are encouraged to think creatively and critically, the foundation of academic achievement.  The school is located on 2 beautiful acres. Each well-equipped classroom is large, bright and inviting.  Our experienced and highly qualified staff creates a nurturing and challenging environment. Students don’t just hear how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly, they watch it happen. Our hands-on curriculum is planned for the group with special attention to each child’s needs. Our goal is to help create a life-long love of learning.  For information, call 914-941-4373, or visit www.briarcliffnurseryschool.com

BRICKZ 4 KIDZ® is a program designed by teachers, architects and engineering professionals.  “It is a hands-on curriculum that introduces children ages 3-13+ to concepts of engineering, architecture and mechanics using LEGO® bricks, said Marj Santos, Managing Director for BRICKS 4 KIDZ®.  “Lessons from math, science, language arts and social studies are integrated along with themes such as transportation, space, inventions and machines, and robotics,” she added.  In the after-school program, students will design and construct machines, buildings and models using LEGO® bricks and proprietary designs and plans.  World Cup U4Kids is an afterschool program for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade offering classes in art, language, voice, science and homework help.  Children in the Chappaqua Central School District can take the bus to World Cup U4Kids for free.  For more information, please call 914-238-4967 or visit www.worldcupu.com.

Chabad Preschool is a place where young children receive a warm and enriching preschool experience providing them with the foundation to grow socially, emotionally and intellectually. Our preschool center is a place where a child’s sense of wonder is cultivated. Their curiosity and desire to explore the world around them and our Jewish traditions is encouraged and supported. They are inspired to seek answers to their questions and weave together stories that explain the world around them and their purpose in this world. Children experience weekly visits by specialist who teach yoga, gymnastics, music, art and gardening. Classes are located at the Chabad Jewish Center at 133 Railroad Ave. in Bedford Hills. For more information go to www.ChabadBedford.com or call 914-666-6065.

Chappaqua Children’s Workshop was established in 1982 and is a non-profit organization providing programs for children before and after school in the Chappaqua School District. There is also a preschool program for 2, 3, and pre-k aged children. For more information, call 914.238.3295.

The CPPA is a nonprofit organization for families of preschool-aged children in the Chappaqua area. Our membership includes approximately 125 families in Chappaqua, Mount Kisco, Pleasantville, Millwood, Katonah, Bedford, Briarcliff, Ossining and Goldens Bridge. We organize playgroups, arts and crafts projects and outings (e.g., apple picking, children`s concerts) for children and events for parents (e.g., seminars, dinners). For more information about events or membership, please call 320-2772.