My recent trip to my hometown in Pennsylvania could not have come at a better time, these days I think I tend to forget that I live in a city. I take for granted the fact that I have amazing resources as a first time mother. When you live in a small town or even in the suburbs of a large city, information and support can be hard to come by. I feel so that much more lucky to have had Isis Parenting in Boston to guide me through everything from childbirth to stroller selection to (just today) night weaning my toddler. Isis Parenting currently has 4 Boston locations open in Back Bay, Needham, Arlington, and Brookline. I hop on a train to the Back Bay store whenever I need anything from a drop in breastfeeding chat or a baby shower gift.
Until today, I had never really thought about how far a trek that would be to a parent on the South Shore, but not for much longer. Isis Parenting will be opening their 5th location in just a few weeks in Hanover. This is fantastic news for all parents in that neck of the woods. I think it is a great step for Isis to bring their experts, advice, care and support to an entirely new group of new parents.
I was thrilled to be invited to a special event to kickstart the hype for the new store complete with an amazing talk by Dr. Alan Greene of "Feeding Baby Green". As always, Isis Parenting delivered an amazingly laid back chat on childhood nutrition with a prominent pediatrician. I can not wait to dive into this book and learn some pretty interesting information on what children should eat, why and how. In his talk today over lunch Dr. Greene gave so many interesting tidbits on how children learn to eat well via watching adults and peers. A few things stood out for me today: 1. Here in the United States the first "solid" food we give our children is white rice cereal, a food with little to no nutritional value. 2. Babies do not need special "baby food". 3. The foods we eat during pregnancy can indeed imprint onto our children, making a lasting impression on their future food preference.
Food is an important issue here in America because we have an overwhelming obesity epidemic. I feel so lucky to have been raised in a house where good food was made available to me and bad food, was not at the ready or an everyday occurrence. I learned so much from my own early eating habits making me a confident mother. Cora ate rice cereal for about a month before she decided she wanted an upgrade, but that was organic brown rice cereal. Coraline would choose a strawberry over a cupcake any day but I still have so much to learn. I will definitely post some updates as I work my way through "Feeding Baby Green". I would love to read along with all of you, I highly suggest you all pick up your own copy! If you don't have time for books...let's be honest we have children ripping pages out of our hands on a daily basis, you can get some great information at Dr. Greene's Website.
All of you Boston mamas, spread the word that Isis Parenting is soon to be open in Hanover. The store looks amazing. If you are pregnant, a new mom or know someone that is, check out Isis Parenting. Classes are already open for registration! JP and I took the Natural Childbirth class when I was pregnant and I credit that preparation with my calm demeanor during 53 hours of labor. Coraline and I loved our Great Beginnings class and our Next Step Baby Group, I am looking for a new experience for us after the holidays.
Oh, Isis Parenting now offers online an Baby Registry! I would have loved to have had this when I was expecting, instead I registered at like, 3 different places in an attempt to get the things I wanted. Pregnant mamas from all over can now register for the best of the best, chosen by Isis Parenting experts, tested and approved of my mothers everywhere.
I'd love to hear from you all in the comments! Do you have an Isis Parenting story? Do you have something like Isis Parenting in your area? Would you give anything for a resource like this in your town? Where do you get your information and support? Do tell!