2022 New Mom Guide - Newtown Moms

Welcome to the first annual Guide for New Moms. Whether you’re a first time mom, new mom with older kids, or know of someone who has just had a baby, this guide is for you. Below you’ll find a list of our advertising partners (in alphabetical order) who can help you navigate the early stages of motherhood, plus a re-vamped Resource list and some of my favorite blog posts geared towards new moms. 

“Do I put my newborn on a schedule?” “My baby wants to eat all night long.” “My baby only naps for 30 minutes at a time.” “My toddler needs me to rub his back to fall asleep- and then every time they wake up at night!” 

Carina the Sleep Consultant has worked with families in these situations and more. Carina meets virtually with families one on one to develop customized sleep plans that fit their child’s biological needs, while also incorporating parenting styles and the needs of the family. Carina values forming collaborative, transparent and nonjudgmental relationships with caregivers to meet each family where they are. 

While sleep plans are for children 5 months to 5 years, Carina also consults with expectant and newborn parents to set up healthy sleep habits that set up babies for long term sleep success.  

Carina lives with her husband and two young boys in Newtown, CT.

Sleep is possible! Even with a little one. Visit carinathesleepconsultant.com for more information about sleep packages or contact [email protected]

Kat Drake Creative is a lifestyle photographer focused on motherhood, families, and the parenthood journey. We are here for all families for every season of life. KDC is excited to offer premade and create your own Baby Bundles for families that are getting ready to add a new little one into their homes. We also have a great passion for capturing the motherhood journey and giving moms the gift of photos they so rarely get to have of themselves with their kids.
Contact Info:
Kat Drake – Owner + Lead Photographer
Tel: (203) 448-8595
Website: katdrake.com
Instagram: @katdrakecreative

Kristen Smaldone Nutrition LLC is a pediatric registered dietitian practice owned by Kristen Smaldone. Kristen is a mom of 2 boys and a pediatric dietitian. Her passion is early childhood nutrition. All children can be good eaters. Laying the foundation from the time they start solids to the time they start school can be a critical window. Let’s be real though, starting solids can be confusing and toddler years… well enough said! I don’t want feeding your little one to be an added stressor. My goal is to give parents the confidence, tools, and knowledge to conquer these years.

Together we will make feeding your little ones easy and nutritious. With all the various nutrition information out there, it can feel completely overwhelming.

I want to give you the tools to confidently feed your child. In other words, I will teach you what, when and how to feed your child. In working together you will get the knowledge, resources and support to feel empowered in your decisions. At the end of the day meal times should be enjoyable!

Common issues I work with:

  • Introduction of solids / baby-led weaning
  • Picky eating
  • Not gaining enough weight
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Food allergies/intolerance
  • General nutrition advice

For more information and how to work together check out my website: https://kristensmaldonenutrition.com/.

At Little Royalty, our dedicated and compassionate matchmakers provide comprehensive tailored vetting, allowing us to identify qualified, passionate nannies who meet the requirements specific to each and every family.

We believe and recognize there are more factors beyond experience including one’s personality and intangible qualities to consider when finding a perfect nanny match for your family.

With this specialized approach, we are successfully able to offer customized placements with an exponentially expedited turnaround time.

Learn more by visiting https://thelittleroyalty.com/.

For more information, email [email protected] or [email protected]  or call 917.397.0827.

Magical, uplifting, joyful, educational. These are just a few ways parents describe Music Together classes. Each week babies, toddlers, preschoolers and big kids and their grownups or caregivers gather indoors or outdoors to experience the joy of family and community music making.

We explore instruments such as egg shakers, scarves, rhythm sticks, balls, drums, resonator bells and so much more.  Parents and caregivers help to create a rich musical environment while engaging with their child(ren) through singing, dancing and playful music making activities.

Complete with at home materials, everyday can be a musical day for your family. Meet other parents, make new friends, support your child’s musical growth and development all in a playful, stimulating, nurturing environment.  Come sing, dance, play and learn with us.  Fall, winter, spring and summer classes for ages birth through 6.  Babies only, mixed ages and big kids! 8 weekly classes (6 in the summer) 45 minute classes and unlimited makeups.
www.musictogetherCTclass.com or contact Julie at 203-521-3013.

Stock up and save on baby essentials at Once Upon a Child!
The team at Once Upon a Child is ready to help you prepare for the birth of your child. From gently used clothing for boys & girls size baby – Youth 20, high chairs, strollers, baby carriers, toys, and more, you’ll find a variety of all the things you need to welcome your little one. 

Maybe you’re out of the baby stage and you’ve been cleaning out your kids’ closets this summer? Consider selling your items. Once Upon a Child operates on a traditional resale model offering you the ability to sell items to them directly. Here’s a quick summary of the process:

1. Identify what you would like to SELL (Clean! Clean! Clean!)
2. Bring in your gently used clothes, toys,books, shoes, and baby gear during buying hours
3. The staff at Once Upon a Child will evaluate your items and make you a $$$$ offer based on style, safety, and condition
4. You will receive cash/check that day for the items selected

Once Upon a Child is located at 67 Newtown Road, Danbury. Store Hours are Sunday – Wednesday 10AM – 6PM, Thursday – Saturday 10AM – 8PM. Follow Once Upon A Child Danbury Instagram for daily arrivals & more.

Strong as a Mother offers a variety of childbirth preparation, baby care, and breastfeeding prenatal education classes in live taught virtual and in-person formats, with on-demand options also available!   Additional services include both virtual and in-person prenatal and postpartum lactation consultations, many of which are covered by insurance plans through The Lactation Network.  Strong as a Mother is founded by Lauren Cascone, a proud mom of 3, wife and Newtown, CT resident.  As a certified in-patient obstetrical nurse for 10 years and now as a pediatric nurse, Lauren has had the honor and privilege of attending hundreds of hospital based births.  Her ultimate goal is for you to feel prepared, empowered and confident during your birth and postpartum period.  As a certified childbirth educator, certified doula and as an internationally board certified lactation consultant, she aims to provide you with evidence based childbirth and lactation information that you can trust. Visit www.strongasmother.net, call 845-641-8378 or email Lauren at [email protected] for more information and to book a class or lactation consultation today!

An example of the classes offered by Strong as a Mother.

Dad, Harvard Grad, and Firefighter Indra Sen leads The Learning Experience-Newtown — where his sons Kai and Kaden attend. The program serves children 3 months to 6 years, and even has a before/afterschool program for older siblings. Parents choose The Learning Experience. because:

  • Safety. 100% of staff have CPR/First Aid Certification and undergone FBI & DCF background checks. The school is proud to be a home for many police officer, firefighter, nurse, and military families. 
  • Leadership. Center Directors Bunny Kolf and Jessica Fiorini collectively boast 20+ years of Center Director experience. The two Director model better serves children and families. 
  • High-quality, experienced staff. Lead teachers boast an average of 11 years of early childhood teaching experience.
  • Academics. The school’s proprietary literacy, phonics, and enrichment program helps children get Kindergarten-ready. Quarterly assessments are the focus of Parent Teacher conferences.
  • Flexibility. We know flexibility is key for families. That’s why our program runs 5 days a week and gives parents the option to select an 8AM – 12:30PM, 8AM – 3PM, or 8AM – 6PM schedule. There is also a 3-day program and early care is also available.

If you are interested in learning more about The Learning Experience and setting up a tour, contact the school by email [email protected] or call 203-304-9130.

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