One of my favorite things to do with my son is to read and animate stories with him - make books come alive! Yesterday, our NYC Dads Group met at the New York Public Library Children's Center on 42nd Street. The Children's Center is a great central location that has plenty of room for all types of meet up groups or play groups to use. Story time was a nice change of pace from some of our more recent and adventurous meet up events. The best part about the NYPL Children's Center is that it has been newly redesigned - child friendly, bright, open, spacious, lots of comfortable seating, and … [Read more...]
Being a stay at home dad is a job that carries a lot of expectations from my wife! For example, every day I am "expected" to forward her at least 3 pictures from my picture phone, so she can see what is going on with our son during the day (i.e. - what is she missing). It took me a while to get this routine down of remembering to send pictures, but I have been fairly successful. This is in addition to the 20 or so pictures that I am "expected" to take with our digital camera. Additionally, we have a small, Sony HandyCam, to video record all of the memories and small moments of progress that … [Read more...]
On a rainy day a few months ago, this NYC Stay at Home Dad decided to test out the babysitting service in the kids playroom at the local NY Sports Club. Big mistake! I "strolled" into the gym around 10a.m., and went directly to the kids playroom with my son, who had just woke up from a short nap. I was pleased to find two babysitters in the playroom and only 3 other kids - great ratio of 1 to 2! I asked the sitter what their rate was per hour and how their program works. Basically, they accept kids as early as 3 months old, you sign your name/address on a sheet, sign a waiver, accept the … [Read more...]
I know it sounds unusual, but I was finally able to coordinate with a bunch of dads in our play group to create our first daddy & me class! A few weeks ago, our group participated in a sign language trial class to see if it was worthwhile to take and pursue with our kids. As a new dad, one of the most frustrating things that I encounter on a daily basis is that my 8 month old son can't speak and tell me what he wants/needs. Wouldn't it be helpful if I could learn to communicate more effectively with him before he could speak? Of course!
It was a great dynamic … [Read more...]
Stay-at-home-dad mania took over on the Upper East Side today! Our NYC Dads Group descended upon the AHA Learning Playspace. Their open playspace was perfect for our group of 14 dads to just hang out and let our babies roam, socialize, and explore their surroundings as well as each other. We did not rent the place out today, but we were the only guests there, so it was just a "sea of dads." Their space provides fun and games for children ages 0-5 and includes a bounce castle, train set, play gyms, puppet theater, play kitchen, doll-house, puzzles, sports ball pit, and more. The coolest part is … [Read more...]
When we first had our son over 8 months ago, the gifts and registry items started to pour in. Then, we started talking about our new journey into parenthood with some new parents: enter the BPA scare! Were our new bottles, nipples, pacifiers, teething rings, etc. BPA free? Anything that was not BPA free was returned or thrown out! + + Find the best BPA Free baby bottles + + BPA - or Bisphenol A - is a chemical used to make plastic bottles clear and shatter proof. There are several recent studies that point to adverse affects in animal test studies with even low levels of BPA. A recent … [Read more...]
Two of us New York City stay-at-home dads wanted to take advantage of the abundant sunshine and 60 degree temps today. Where to go when you have no plan? The Central Park Zoo, of course! After a long and isolating winter, Central Park and fresh air were a great remedy today. We had full reign of the place today with no lines and no crowds, as most people were at work. It is not a huge, but when you have an hour or two, you can see most highlights including the sea lion show, awful smelling penguins, a polar bear swimming laps, and the children's petting zoo. On a weekend, it's jammed, compared … [Read more...]
Today, our dads group was featured on Fox Cable News channel on a segment titled "No more Mr. Mom - Shattering the Stereotypes." I thought we demonstrated being an at-home-dad to be exactly what it is - a positive experience, rewarding, fun, and cool! How cool is it to get to spend quality time everyday with your child!
I am curious to hear some feedback on this segment. Please share your comments? … [Read more...]
Up until the moment before our son was born, everyone told me the same thing about being a new parent: "get lots of sleep now, you will need it." As they gave me this advice, I am sure most of them realized that there is not a sleep bank - where I can log all of my extra hours of sleep pre-baby only to use them on a need basis after the baby. Wishful thinking! Consequently, one significant piece of advice that someone told me, that is worth sharing as my wife and I have followed it religiously since having Jake over 8 months ago, is this: On the weekends, you and your wife should take one … [Read more...]
Today was an adventure! Our stay-at-home dads play group descended on My Gym Lincoln Center this week located on 66th street on the Upper West side. My son swung on a zipline like Tarzan, hung like an Olympic gymnast from their suspended rings, attempted his first headstand, and had a blast "hanging around" with his buddies! This play space is top notch if you/your child are a risk taker. I must admit that having my 8 month old zoom across the gym on a zip line is something I only tried myself for the first time about two years ago. What's next for him? bungee jumping! It was nice to have … [Read more...]