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The Five Of The Most OMG Trends From New York (Kids) Fashion Weekend

New York Fashion Week’s mini upstart is petitePARADE; a biannual weekend of shows dedicated to kid’s fashion that’s just notched up its sixth season. Guests squeezed into a cozy warehouse space in Chelsea to scoff Press Tea pastries and spy the latest collections from CCandyIMOGAAlivia SimoneMischka Aoki and Bonnie Young. This is basically were the Suri’s and North West’s of the world (or their stylists) get their next season inspiration – we spotted P Diddy’s daughter, Chance Combs strutting down the catwalk. Here’s a rundown of the looks that caught our eye.

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The $250 Closet-To-Nursery Conversion That Saved This NY Family $10,000

After the initial buzz of my wife’s pregnancy subsided, more practical concerns arose. How on earth would we squeeze our new family member into our one-bedroom Williamsburg abode? Naively thinking we’d just up-size to a two-bed we drew up a basic criteria (elevator, non-sketchy neighborhood, new kitchen), but our search hit a brick wall as soon as we realized that we’d need to spend $4k or more to get what we wanted. In short far higher than the rent-stabilized place we’ve been living in for the past three years.

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How To Feng Shui Your Kid’s Nursery (Hint: Buy Some Bamboo)

Anything that might help your baby sleep better, calm grizzly toddler tantrums and make you feel less frazzled has our full attention. So the art of Feng Shui – thought to encourage imagination, learning, confidence as well as promote calmness and improved sleep – is something well worthy of incorporation into a kid’s bedroom. We caught up with Master Pun-Yin, one of New York’s most sought after Feng Shui experts – Mandarin Oriental, American Express and Calvin Klein are all on her client list – to find out the switches we need to make.

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Baby Raves: The Euro Trend That’s Heading To NYC

Life is a social whirl for music-minded NY babes. When they’re not perfecting their technical skills at Baby DJ classes, they’re twirling Saturday Night Fever-style at Baby Loves Disco (BTW get your tickets here for the March 16th show at Le Poisson Rouge.) And now it’s time to dust off the mini glow sticks because Baby Rave – […]

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Spooked By The Latest Plastic Health Scare? Here Are 5 Of The Best Worry-Free Products To Switch To ASAP

This week’s plastics scare is pretty worrying. Apparently even those BPA-free products touted as being super-safe have a mounting body of evidence suggesting they could be a time-bomb health hazard. Bad news for, well, pretty much all of us. I can’t think of many parents who don’t have a stack of Tupperware, plastic sippy cups or baby bottles crowding their cupboards.

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Five NY Kids Labels That We’re Obsessed With (And The One Website Where You Can Buy Them All)

Given NYC’s capital-of-fashion status it’s little wonder that we’re swamped with covetable kids labels. From designers up-cycling mens shirts into sweet summer dresses and Kickstarter-funded ‘Dope’ tees to these adorable wood and pastel beaded accessories – there’s so much to choose from, we say, why buy anywhere else? Which is why we love the ethos behind new online retailer Fantaserini, which launched last October and will focus on NY-based children’s designers. There are 17 so far, but they have plans to expand in 2014 with knitwear from Misha & Puff and Lucky Fish’s ultra comfy hand silk screened t-shirts as well as more one-off collaborations like these limited edition stripy merino leg warmers.

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The Couple Who’ll Let You Name Their Unborn Baby (But It’ll Cost You $20,000)

Just 12 days after celebrating the birth of her daughter Kylie (above), Heather discovered she would never be able to conceive another child when a hemorrhage led to her being rushed into ER. “Blood flowed out of me like a faucet,” recalls Heather. “I remember shifting in and out of consciousness and a firefighter standing in front of me with a blank look on his face and muttering the words to effect of ‘holy crap’. My parents had arrived while I was being wheeled out. I remember telling them I loved them and saying good-bye to Kylie. I thought this was the last time she’d see her mother alive.”

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Snow Day! Six Valentine’s Day Crafts To Fend Off Cabin Fever

A peek outside reveals that Brooklyn is cloaked in a thick blanket of snow – up to 12 inches in some places. Cue schools shutting, shops staying closed and a day when it’s perfectly acceptable to resort to a cartoon marathon. Because that snow ain’t stopping (even worse is turning to slushy ice-rain this afternoon – urgg!) To help fend off the inevitable apartment fever, we’ve rounded up some of the best crafty Valentine’s Day activities, which all utilize bits you probably have lurking in the back of your cupboards anyway – because seriously, who wants to embark on a glue gun expedition on a day like today.

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Tom’s World: One Mother’s Story Of Having A Son With Aspergers

One night, when putting Tom to bed, I told him that he was the best boy in the world and if I could have picked any baby from all the millions and billions in the world, I’d definitely have picked him. He replied to say, ‘But Mommy! It doesn’t work like that! The babies choose the family. When I was in the other world, I had goggles on and I looked down at all the families and I looked at their names and surnames. When I saw you, my goggles froze.

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