Massive portions, high chair, and clean bathroom
My husband has a conference in Amsterdam every September and wants me and our daughter, who will be nearly three, to come. He has to work 3 full days (8am-8pm), and 3 half days (where the other half of the day we could tag along on a work outing like a boat trip or something), and we can extend the trip before or after the conference. The hotel will be paid for, but we'd have to pay for the... More
Warm pool is a great temp (most other city pools don't have warm pool). $6 for adults, $1 for kids (bring exact change). There's a family changing room but you have to go through the regular men's/women's rooms to get to it. You can also just bring all of your stuff into the pool area. There's a library and playground right next door, so you can make a full day out of the ou... More
I ride the bus to and from daycare with my toddler and often strangers try to engage her by talking to her and making faces at her. Almost always she gets visibly uncomfortable and looks away, but they continue. I don't want her to grow up thinking she owes strangers any interaction. I'm thinking of speaking up and saying, "I know you're just being friendly but you're makin... More
I just finished the novel The Golden State, by Lydia Kiesling and recommend it to any parent of a toddler (or anyone who wants to relive the emotions of being a toddler-parent). The plot is a slow build, but the author really captures the conflicting feelings of love/annoyance/boredom/joy that come with spending days alone with your child. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/XXX-XXXX6-the-golde... More
They have a family changing room with lockers, separate from the Men's and Women's locker rooms. The pool is split into an area for laps and a shallower area for kids. You can use the shallow kid's area even during Lap Swim sessions. The water is warmer than other city pools. They have pool noodles and balls and other fun stuff. They have swim diapers if you forgot yours. $6 for adu... More
Our daughter has been here since she was 14 months old (graduated from the Fox Plaza infant center) and we love it. The teachers have been here forever (once since the center opened around 1999 and others for 4-10 years) so they are super experienced and presumably enjoy the work. The administrators are always around and super friendly. There are tons of activities for the kids, a music teacher... More
I'm curious how common it is for kids to have a strong preference for one parent over the other, and when that usually develops. My 18 month old currently seems to like us both equally, but a friend's 2 year old had a strong Mommy preference. Looking for more data points.
SF public pools allow infants in swim diapers, and they'll even give you a couple disposable swim diapers for free (seemed slightly bigger than the size 3-4 we had bought, so I'll guess they're a size 5). The water was on the cool side, so our 10 month old was too cold to enjoy herself, but we'll try again when she has more fat on her! Kids are $1 and Adults are $6.
Update, now that our daughter has been here a couple months I can enthusastically say this place is great. The staff is very patient (sometimes multiple babies are crying and they always keep their cool) and experienced. They send photos every day of the activities the kids did. Naps and eating are on demand, around a rough schedule. They take daily walks in the baby buggies. Chris, the center&... More
Every couple of weeks we get an message from extended family saying how much they love the Tinybeans emails they get with photos of our daughter. Great for grandparents who aren't great with technology, and this way you don't overwhelm your other social media feeds with photos of your cute kid. tinybeans.com
My husband and I have been rocking out to Caspar Babypants. Our 7 month old probably doesn't care what music we have playing, but it's good to know there's kids music out there that is also listenable for adults, and really fun/silly at the same time. https://www.babypantsmusic.com/
Our daughter will be starting here in June (she'll be 6 months old). This daycare is expensive, but they only take City Holidays and a couple days at the end of August, so you're not left taking vacation days to cover for closures. The staff seem really attentive and competent. Children graduate to the toddler classes at City Hall when they're old enough and there's an opening ... More
We toured this daycare a couple months ago and decided not to send our daughter here. She would have been 6 or 7 months old when she started, and we felt like an easygoing infant might not get too much attention and be parked in the swing most of the time since most of the kids were older.