Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Great New Lamaze Class: Check it out!

Lamaze Classes L'Amazing Baby: Childbirth Preparation with a Jewish Twist

 Jennifer Silber at jsilber@jccgw.org.


This  class offers parents-to-be a traditional childbirth class plus a spiritual,  ritual and emotional support network for welcoming a Jewish child into the  community. Couples will learn about Brit Milah (ritual circumcision),  baby-naming ceremonies, managing the transition from being partners to  parents, building a Jewish home and Jewish and secular resources. This is a  wonderful opportunity to meet and nurture relationships with other expecting  couples. This program is partially underwritten by the United Jewish  Endowment Fund.  
Facilitator: Sarah Sragg, Certified Lamaze Instructor and  Doula

DATE:        Date  1 :     July 13-August 10
                     Date  2:      September 12-October 10
                     Date 3:        November 2-30         

TIME:                               7:00 -9:15 p.m.
FEE:                                $80 mem., per couple/$100 gen. public,  per couple
LOCATION:                   Classes will be held at the JCC of  Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD. 

For more information and to register,  visit www.jccgw.org/parenting <http://www.jccgw.org/parenting or Jennifer Silber at  301-348-3837 or jsilber@jccgw.org.   

Or visit the website:  http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=568 <http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=568
"Life  should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of  arriving
safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to  skid in
sideways, chocolate in one hand, red wine in the other, body  thoroughly
used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO!!! What a  ride!"

Friday, July 29, 2011

Best Gear for Exercising Moms

Our Top Gear Picks

Our Top Picks
Gym bag that doubles as diaper bag (or vice versa!)
Storksak – fashionable, practical, roomy (especially styles like Tania and Jess)

Jogging stroller
Baby Jogger F.I.T – we could go on! Great canopy, washable seat cover, one-handed fold, adaptable for car seats, large storage basket and more!

Sunscreen (when exercising outside)
Little Twig Mineral Sunscreen – rated best mineral sunscreen by Babble – so important for you and your baby – doctors recommend not using sunscreen on your baby for 6 months (see above re F.I.T. canopy!)

Sun protection for your child
Baby Banz – sun hats with UPF 50+ and sunglasses with strap and 100% UVA/UVB protection Category 3 lenses
Best sneaker for you, your body, and the type of exercise you’ll be doing – stores like Georgetown Running Company provide personalized, customized fittings and recommend the appropriate shoe for you

High-quality, flattering work out clothes
Apifeni activewear for women – ShapeTechwaist technology provides seamless support & stability for your core, while SoftTechactivewear bottoms will flatter your curves, keep you dry and prevent chafing; you can happily wear it to drop-off & pick-up!

Baby carrier for walking when your baby is young and wants to be held
Britax Baby Carrier – padded waist belt distributes weight across shoulder, back and hips; easy to snap, buckle and adjust with one hand; babies can face in or out; can use with newborns

Water! Water! Water!
We love waters like SmartWater because they are electrolyte-enhanced but don’t contain the sugar of many electrolyte-enhanced drinks

Snack bar (and kid snacks)
For adults: LĂ„RABAR – delicious blend of unsweetened fruits, nuts and spices; nothing artificial! Our favorite flavors? Chocolate-coconut Chew and Cashew Cookie
For children: Snikiddy Snacks – made from simple, wholesome, real ingredients, unlike so many other handy snacks

Cool App
Runmeter – uses iPhone’s GPS to track info about various aerobic exercises; can track your pace, distance & calories burned while running, biking, swimming, walking, hiking, skating, or skiing; can set up audio prompts that will play as you exercise; can set up email notifications to email out a map of your location at certain time or distance intervals, recipients will receive a link to a google map that shows where you are, which is great for peace of mind

Omron HJ-112 pedometer - wear it on your belt, carry it in your pocket, clip it to your bra, or wear it anywhere it is perpendicular to the ground; counts steps and calculates distance and calories burned; tracks aerobic steps separately when walking or jogging more than 60 steps per minute or more than 10 minutes continuously; 7-day memory – take 10,000 steps/day!

*If you are exercising with your child, don’t forget to bring some of their favorite toys or books. If you are going for a really long walk or run, we recommend one or two toys from the dollar store – new toys go a long way with your child while you go a long way on your feet!
** If you happen to get deodorant marks on your exercise bra or tank (is it possible to avoid?!?), wipe away with denim. We don't know why, but IT REALLY WORKS!

Friday, July 22, 2011

An Extra Set of Hands Can Help Moms Get Back into Shape

Submitted by Au Pair in America

Is there anything that new moms could use more than extra hours in the day? Unfortunately, we haven’t found a way to get more hours in the day.  What we have found is that having an extra set of hands can help you fit more in your day.
In years gone by, it was common for new moms to have the support of their own mothers or other family members in the early weeks after giving birth. That is not always possible nowadays.  Many new moms have found that having an au pair can provide that much needed extra set of hands.

Au pairs are carefully screened, live-in child care providers from countries all over the world. These young woman (aged 18-26) come to the U.S. to live with an American host family to provide child care and learn about American language and culture.

During the first three months, an au pair can assist you in caring for the baby as well as independently caring for older siblings. Once your baby reaches three months, an au pair is authorized to care for the baby on her own. Au pairs can also help with childcare related housekeeping tasks such as the children’s laundry, preparing meals and tidying their bedrooms and play areas.

Having someone to help with these tasks can allow you to carve out a little “me time.” It’s important for new moms to set aside time to take care of themselves. In addition to getting adequate rest, exercise is an important thing for new moms to make time for. The health benefits of getting back into shape post-baby are only part of the equation. Exercise is also a great stress reliever. Taking care of yourself is essential for you to be able to take the best care of your baby.

Getting and staying in shape after the birth of your baby will help you be a more physically active and engaged parent. Making fitness a priority for your family, will set a positive example for your child and set them on the path to an active, healthy lifestyle. 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Balancing Act of New Parent Fitness

-submitted by Britax

“What does baby gear and being a 'fit' parent have to do with each other,” you ask? May seem silly, but certain types of baby gear can in fact make it easier for mom (and even dad…) to get back to her (their) pre-baby shape. Strollers and baby carriers offer great health benefits if you use them correctly.

Below is just a short list of ways to get back on track with baby in tow! By “shape,” we are referring to your mind, body AND spirit! As always, to ensure that you are cleared to begin exercising, get the approval from your OB-Gyn during your post-delivery check-up.

Getting your mind back in shape:
· Set realistic goals and start by taking a short stroll with your sleeping angel in her B-Ready Stroller to clear your mind. Take in the sights and smells around your neighborhood that you haven’t been able to truly appreciate for most of the third trimester.

Getting your body back in shape:
· When you’re ready to get really serious, throw your B-Agile Stroller in your car and drive to the closest Stroller Strides class. First class is usually free! Don’t forget your nugget, b/c he will provide the extra weight you’ll need to build those lean muscles!

Getting your spirit back in shape:
· Pull out your brand new Britax Baby Carrier when your little guy hits eight pounds. With the simple slip-on-and-off design, you can easily check a few chores off your growing list while “little cranky” naps quietly on your chest.

Just keep reminding yourself that your miracle monster who keeps you up all night really does mean well. Try your best to keep your mind, body and spirit in check during this trying time and you’ll be the best parents you can be! After nine months of constant catering and then being forced to enter a foreign world of bright lights and weird looking googly-googly-goo faces, I would want a little extra attention every now and again, too.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

One Hot Mama Press Release


Debbi Mayster
DMM Communications­­

Moms and Expectant Moms Invited to Celebrate Being a Mom with
FREE Fitness Classes and Speaker Series

(BETHESDA, MD – JULY 12, 2011) Capital City Mamas, the event arm of Capital Baby Planners, LLC (www.capitalbabyplanners.com), a premier Washington, D.C. business offering a full array of baby planning and consulting services, is pleased to host One Hot Mama, a week-long event at Equinox Fitness in Bethesda, Monday, July 25- Saturday, July 30. The event is designed to help moms and expectant moms feel strong, stay healthy, and look fabulous. In addition, this event is the official launch of Capital City Mamas, a resource for moms and expectant moms to meet, socialize and create a community.

“The goal of One Hot Mama is to get women to focus on themselves so they can give their best to their children,” said Meredith Wade, co-founder, Capital Baby Planners/Capital City Mamas.  “Capital City Mamas is excited to offer area moms a week filled with activities that celebrate being a mom!”

The One Hot Mama event will feature nationally-recognized fitness guru Robert Sherman, who designed a varied schedule at Equinox geared toward moms and moms-to-be.  In addition, Capital City Mamas will host a speaker series over lunch and dinner featuring topics that focus on health and wellness for moms and soon-to-be moms.

Speakers include: Aviva Goldfarb, chef, PBS Parents contributor, and author of The Six O'Clock Scramble (http://thescramble.com/cookbook); Kelly Dorfman, speaker and author of What's Eating Your Child: the hidden connection between food and childhood ailments; and Lindsay Buscher, owner of Urban Chic. 

Details about One Hot Mama are available at http://ccmlaunch.eventbrite.com.

“Capital Baby Planners is thrilled to launch Capital City Mamas. The Equinox kick-off event will be followed by many educational and social opportunities for moms and expectant moms,” said Sharon Cichy, co-founder, Capital Baby Planners/Capital City Mamas.  “Our mission is to bring valuable information and resources and offer a community to moms, new moms and expectant moms.”    

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About Capital Baby Planners, LLC:
Capital Baby Planners, LLC, is a premier Washington, D.C. business offering a full array of baby planning and consulting services.  Founded by Sharon Cichy and Meredith Wade—experienced mothers, professionals, and meticulous planners and shoppers—Capital Baby Planners truly adheres to its motto, “You do the labor, we do the work.” 
Capital City Mamas, the event arm of Capital Baby Planners, hosts experts in a variety of fields, from breastfeeding to marital relationships after baby, providing a forum for women to form friendships and feel connected to a larger community of expectant and new moms.  Sharon and Meredith of Capital Baby Planners have become the women to see when having a child in Washington, D.C.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Equinox Deets!

Come to any or all of these fabulous events. RSVP HERE! 

July 25, 2011
10:30 a.m. Streamline Sculpt
12:00 p.m. Redwood sponsors lunch ($8 gratuity is all you pay)! Speaker and PBS Parents contributor Aviva Goldfarb, author of The Six O’Clock Scramble, will present “Saving Your Sanity at Six" (@ Redwood)          
7:30 p.m.   Yoga Fundamentals 
July 26, 2011
10:30 a.m.  Aqua Motion
7:30 p.m.    Kettle Ball
8:30 p.m.    Speaker Glennon Gordon, LICSW, presents “(Happily) Married with Children: Managing the Shift from Couplehood to Parenthood.”  Light dinner provided and sponsored by Lebanese Taverna (@ Equinox) 
July 27, 2011
9:30 a.m.    Sculpt & Dance Stretch
7:15 p.m.    Thread
8:30 p.m.    Capital City Mamas founders Meredith Wade and Sharon Cichy present, “Best Gear for Mamas on the Move.” Psst… don’t miss the giveaways (be among the first 20 RSVPs) and raffles!  Light dinner provided and sponsored by Lebanese Taverna (@ Equinox)
July 28, 2011
10:30 a.m.  EQ360
6:30 p.m.    Zumba
7:45 p.m.    Urban Chic founder and mom Lindsay Buscher presents, “One Haute Mama: Dressing for Your Changing Body.” Cocktails, Treats, 15% off all full-price and 35% off all sale purchases! Special gift from Teething Bling for first 20 RSVPs! Dessert provided by Lebanese Taverna! (@ Urban Chic Bethesda) 
July 29, 2011
10:45 a.m.  Barre Burn
12:15 p.m.  Mon Ami Gabi luncheon ($8 is all you pay!) featuring speaker and nutritionist Kelly Dorfman, author of What’s Eating Your Child? the hidden connections between food and childhood ailments (@Mon Ami Gabi)
July 30, 2011
1 p.m.        Tabata
3 p.m.        Skinny Jeans
4-7 p.m.      Equinox and Capital City Mamas will toast you at a not-to-be-missed cocktail/mocktail party filled with prizes and giveaways! (@ Equinox)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Capital City Mamas!

Capital Baby Planners launches
Capital City Mamas
at week-long Equinox fitness event!

Preparing for and having a baby can be the most exciting and joyous time in a woman’s life. The planning can become addictive, and once the little bundle enters the world, each gurgle, smile, or giggle can turn gray skies to blue. But as your baby becomes the center of your life, it can become easy to feel disconnected from the rest of the world.  Instead of going out for dinner with friends, you are trying to catch up on sleep; rather than catching a film premiere with your partner, you’re wondering how long you can keep your eyes open for the On Demand movie you are half-watching from bed.  Suddenly, you start wondering if you really did have a social life before baby… was it just a figment of your imagination?

As new mothers, we both experienced this feeling and found that new motherhood – exhilarating, exciting, and totally engrossing – could also feel a little lonely.  When Sharon had her first child, she trekked 15 miles up the highway because she’d found a playgroup there.  Meredith drove from her home in the Maryland suburbs to the suburban Virginia home of her college girlfriend at least twice each week when she and her friend both had their first children. And we know from working with expectant and new parents all over the DC area that new parenthood can be simultaneously elating and isolating.

That is why Capital Baby Planners is kicking off a new event series called “Capital City Mamas.”  We want two moms who are struggling with their baby’s slow weight gain to find and connect with each other; for playgroups to form naturally; for expectant mothers to be able to talk to each other about round ligament pain and peeing-while-sneezing (oops, did we just say that out loud?).  We will host events where women (sometimes with their partners or children) can learn about all sorts of issues related to pregnancy, childbirth, and childrearing.  Sometimes we’ll host get-togethers just for fun – a Bobbi Brown makeover event or dinner at a great new restaurant.  Other times we will host experts in a variety of fields – from breastfeeding to marital relationships after baby, we’ll bring the information to you from the people who know it best.  Wherever it is, whatever the topic, our goal is to provide a forum for women to meet each other, form friendships, and feel connected to a larger community of expectant and new moms.  Oh, and we’ll also have seriously amazing giveaways because, well, wouldn’t that just make everything just a little more fun?

Our HUGE launch event, One Hot Mama, will take place from July 25-30, 2011 at Equinox in Bethesda.  Stay tuned for the low down on classes, info sessions, sponsors, parties, amazing raffles and fabulous giveaways.  In the meantime, get your spandex (or sweatpants!) on because everyone who RSVPs for this free event will receive a free pass to work out at Equinox for the entire week!  More information to follow.

We look forward to getting to know all of you personally, connecting you to each other, and watching friendships blossom!

Meredith and Sharon

Monday, June 6, 2011

And once you're out the door...

Tips for Traveling with Children


1. If you are flying, when you arrive at the airport, kindly ask the agent checking you in if the flight is full.  Some agents at some airlines will “block” a seat next to you if the flight isn’t full.  Though it won’t have saved you from purchasing a seat, it is always nice to have room to spread out, especially with a child in tow.

2. As an alternative to the previous tip, consider booking seats apart from your partner.  That way, one of you can rest while the other takes care of your child or children.  Don’t forget to switch mid-flight.

3. When going through airport security or customs, be on the lookout for lines for families.  They are often shorter, and perhaps more importantly, you will feel less stressed dealing with folding your stroller, managing your children, untying their shoes before going through security, etc. (though we highly recommend slip-on shoes for all!).

4. Remember that no matter how stressed you are, airline employees will always be nicer to you than they are to the person next to you screaming at them.

5. While walking through a crowded place, if you have more children than there are adult hands, tell your children to form a “family chain" or "family snake" and make a game out of everyone keeping their hands held together with no one breaking the chain.

6. Dress your child in bright or distinctive clothing to help avoid losing him in a crowd.  Also, each morning of your vacation, take a photo of your child on your cell phone so that if, heaven forbid, you were to lose your child, you could show people exactly what your child looks like and what he is wearing that day.

7. When changing time zones, maintain your child’s home schedule in the new time zone.  If your child typically naps at 2 p.m., have him nap at 2 p.m. wherever you’ve traveled.  If bedtime is at 7 p.m., it should remain seven p.m. in the new time zone.  It might be rough for the first day or two, but it will work much better over the course of the vacation.

8. When traveling to a new time zone, keep your child outside in the sun to the extent possible to get his circadian rhythms acclimated to the new time zone. 

9. When you arrive at a large, crowded place, set up a meeting spot right away.  If your child gets lost, both you and she will know where to go.  If your child is not old enough to find the meeting spot himself, tell him to look for a mommy with children and tell that mommy that the he is lost. 

10. Always have your contact information on your child in some way.  You can use a safety pin to pin it to the inside of your child’s clothing, a sticker on her back, or a card in a pocket that zip or snaps.  (One of Capital Baby Planners’ team members once wrote her contact information in permanent marker on her child’s arm at Disney World – not so pretty, but it did the job!)

Top Ten Tips for Preparing to Travel with Your Child

Capital Baby Planners’
Tips for Traveling with Children


1. If you travel often with your children, keep a clear plastic bag filled with children’s medications that you can just throw into your suitcase.  We recommend including pain reliever, teething gel (if appropriate), Benadryl, Neosporin, Cortisone, anti-bacterial wipes, and Band-aids.  And while it’s not a medical item, throw in a nightlight for children who need one.

2. For a child who is upset by a change in routine, prepare a paper chain to count down the days until your vacation and have him assist in packing.  That way, he can be mentally (and physically) prepared for the trip.

3. If your child is still in diapers, pack a small bag (or foldable changing station like a Patemm Pad) filled with all changing accessories, as well as a change of clothes, in case your child has an accident.  If you really like to be prepared, throw some stickers into the bag – putting a sticker on the back of your child’s hand is a great way to occupy her (and keep her hands busy and away from germy bathroom stuff) during changing.

4. Pack a separate backpack or bag for each child for which she can be responsible – even better, have her pack it herself.  You (or she) can include snacks, a favorite toy or two, a lovely, a book, or any other lightweight item that will bring comfort or entertainment value!  One idea -- wrap one or two small toys (from the dollar store or the like) for your child to unwrap on the plane or in the car.  There is nothing to add to the excitement of a new toy than having it wrapped up like a birthday present!

5. Bring your favorite baby carrier to use while carrying your bags through the airport or using while on vacation.  We love the Ergo or Baby K’tan, among others.

6. Pack small bags for trash, dirty clothes, or wet bathing suits.  This is a great way to make use of your plastic grocery bags.  Another product we love is the Knot It by Prince Lionheart, which is a little cylinder containing one huge bag that you can rip off and tie to make any size bag you’d like.

7. If you are going to check your bags when traveling by plane, be sure to pack a change of clothes and essential medications for your child in your carry-on.  It really stinks when an airline loses a bag – it stinks even worse when your banana-covered toddler doesn’t have a change of clothes.

8. When booking airline tickets, if there will be two adults and one child on your lap, consider buying a window and aisle seat in the same row (but not the middle seat) toward the back of the plane.  On a flight that’s not full, that middle seat often won’t sell and you will have a whole row in which to spread out.  If it is a full flight and somebody sits there, that person is usually more than happy to switch to your window or aisle seat so that you and your partner can sit next to each other.

9. You do need a passport for your baby for international travel, and a birth certificate or other identification is necessary for domestic flights.  Especially when your child nears age 2 and you have not purchased him a seat, airlines are sticklers about requiring a birth certificate to prove that your child is actually under 2.

10. Children’s ears are sensitive to pressure changes on an airplane.  Where appropriate, bring a bottle or sippy cup (with a straw – better for speech development) to help your child clear her ears.  Chewy snacks like raisins are also good for ears, just make sure to brush your child’s teeth well later that day.

Traveling With Tots -- a huge success!


On June 5th, Capital Baby Planners teamed up with The Container for a fabulous “Traveling with Tots” event.  Experts from The Container Store presented tips for organizing and packing, while Capital Baby Planners gave attendees ideas for making traveling with children fun, relaxing, and safe.  Favorite tip of the day: Every day of your trip, take a photo of your child on your phone so that if, heaven forbid, he were to get lost in the crowd, you can show the authorities exactly what he looks like and what he’s wearing that day.
            With over 100 guests in attendance, Traveling with Tots was a huge success.  The first 50 guests received an amazing goody bags filled with giveaways from Britax, Sprout, Kiehl's, Snikiddy, DiaperBuds, Baby Banz, GoGo Babyz & Little Twig. We also raffled off some seriously coveted prizes from Prince Lionheart, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, The Container Store, Britax, and Go-Go Babyz – well over $1,000 in prizes! Our guests were pumped!
            A huge thanks to all of our guests, The Container Store, and our amazing sponsors who make our events consistently wonderful!

Friday, May 27, 2011

The anticipation is killing us!

We are so close to announcing the details of our big event at Equinox in Bethesda! Oh, and did we say big? We meant HUGE! Stay tuned. It's coming...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Capital Baby Planners on TV

So yesterday we were on Channel WUSA 9 News at noon in the Moms Like Me segment with Peggy Fox (click on the link above to see us in action)! In the segment, we featured our favorite products for traveling with children. After Benadryl (oops, just kidding!), we recommend a Britax Marathon 70 (always need the safest in car seats for car and air travel) along with the GoGo Kidz Travelmate by GoGo Babyz (there is no other civilized way of getting a car seat through a crowded airport), Born Free bottles (sucking helps clear little ears) or a sippy cup with straw (ditto), the "Knot it" by Prince Lionheart (a seriously amazing invention – it’s basically one long bag rolled up into a small plastic canister, out of which you can pull and “knot” any size bag for dirty diapers, wet bathing suits, you name it), the Ergo Baby Carrier (see comment about civilized airport maneuvering), Baby Banz sunglasses and sun hat (must, must, must for summer vacations), and Blue Lizard sun block (which we love because it’s fragrance- and dye-free). We had a fabulous time hanging with Peggy Fox, who is really tapped into the expectant and new mom community and really just “gets it.” And the being on TV part – we could definitely get used to that!

For all you new moms out there, check out http://dc.momslikeme.com. It’s a great forum for bringing mothers together to share experiences and advice, find out about events in the area, and even form play groups – just an all-around great way to stay connected.

Thank you to Peggy Fox and her team! You made us feel comfortable and your energy was contagious. Thanks for the great experience!