Monday, September 26, 2011

For New Parents and Babies Living Downtown

You know that moment as a new parent when you realize you’ve been wearing the same sweatpants for at least 30 hours, which aren’t the fancy designer kind, but the kind that are really only for sleeping and lounging, not that you have that luxury? You also realize you are in desperate need for an adult conversation and copious amounts of caffeine and to find other parents going through the same thing? Having a baby can be overwhelming and isolating, but it doesn’t have to be. Starting this Sunday, new and expectant parents living Downtown are invited to bring their babies for a new Sunday morning series at the Museum. Coffee and bagels are included and sweatpants are welcome. We won’t judge.

New Families, New Traditions is designed to create a welcoming space for Downtown Jewish and interfaith parents to share their experiences, create a community, and learn from experts. While children enjoy themselves in a safe play area within the room, or snooze in the stroller, moms and dads can chat over bagels and coffee and explore a range of topics that befuddle new parents, such as sleep (or lack thereof) and how to create an eco-friendly home. All families are welcome. Tickets are $10 per family per program and include a light bagel brunch. (Did we mention the coffee?)

Space is limited and pre-registration is preferred, but if you find yourself free at the last minute, stop by. (, 646-437-4300). The museum is located in Battery Park City at 36 Battery Place. For more information, visit

The first program is:

October 2, 11 a.m.

Sleep deprived? A sleep coach from Dream Team Baby teaches the latest tips for helping your infant or toddler nap and sleep through the night. Dream Team Baby has been featured on NBC’s “Today Show" (watch the video) and has a column on The Bump.

If you have chatted with friends who have older babies, you probably know at least one person who paid a ton of money for a one-on-one session with a sleep coach. They also said it was worth every penny and maybe even saved their marriage or their career. Before you go that route, come this Sunday with your toughest questions.
Stay tuned for information about our Green Babies and December Dilemma programs, or visit us online:

Spring events will be announced at a later date.

"New Families, New Traditions" is funded through generous support from the UJA-Federation of New York. Additional support is provided by the Margaret Neubart Foundation Trust.

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