My little guy had his first official haircut here, and it went very well! We got there right at 9:00am on a Saturday, when they open for the day. The woman who cut his hair was very experienced with children, and she was great with him! He sat in my lap, and I showed him stuff on my phone to keep him occupied while she quickly cut his hair. The overall experience was super fast, and cost $17 (p... More
The quintessential stress-free dining experience with kids. You order and pay at the counter, so there’s no waiting at your table to place your order. While your food is being prepared, your kid can be entertained in the play area. And no waiting for the check when you’re done eating, since you already paid at the counter! 👍👍👍
We tried to go with a group of 5 adults and 3 kids on a Monday night, and it was packed, so we had to go somewhere else. We returned the next day for lunch, however, and opted to sit in the outdoor beer garden. The menu is a bit more limited, but overall I would say the beer garden is better for kids than the indoor dining room. The beer is excellent, and the food is quite good as well.
Our son joined Hearts Leap Beginnings (the infant/toddler program) in March 2018, and our experience has been great. The facility is beautiful, the teachers are excellent, and overall there is a lovely sense of community within this school. The teachers and staff truly care about the children and parents. We’re very happy to be a part of Hearts Leap!
This place is wonderful! There’s a playground by the parking lot and a large grassy area for picnics. The farm is a great place to visit with the various animals (cows, goats, sheep, pigs, etc.). We saw baby pigs while we were there! There are also several beautiful hiking trails that you can access from the farm. And it’s FREE! What a gem!
This is a great outdoor pool located at the very top of the UC Berkeley campus. I got in for free with my RSF membership, and we paid $10 for my husband (a non-member) to swim as well. There was no fee for our 1-year-old, although I believe they charge a $5 fee for children at some point. There’s a medium-sized paid parking lot available, and a fair amount of space (both grassy and paved) arou... More
One of Oakland’s largest parks, with plenty of space for different activities. We met up with some friends here for a Memorial Day picnic, and we had a lovely time. The only downside is that on the playground, the twisty slide has a large crack at the bottom, and rather than fix it, instead there’s a orange traffic cone nailed to a piece of wood, which is nailed together to the slide to cover t... More
Cute little neighborhood park that gets the job done. It’s a little less than a mile from our house, on a lovely street, so we’ll often take a walk here, let the little guy play around a bit, then walk home, and it’s an easy and enjoyable outing for everyone.
We are eternally grateful to live so close to this park! We’re here all the time, and it’s always a lively hub of activity. We like it so much that we used this park for our little guy’s 1-year birthday party! There is both a tot lot and a playground for bigger kids. There are two baseball diamonds and a huge field, as well as an adjacent community center. (Note that it’s not possible to reserv... More
Our active, curious crawler loves the little play structure in the tot lot! He crawls up the stairs and then goes down the slides over and over again and has a great time. Then, we take a break for some water by sitting on the nearby shaded benches. There’s also a playground for bigger kids, a couple of picnic tables, and a large field. The park is adjacent to the Ohlone Greenway for walking/ru... More
My child (almost 1 year old) has become unbearable to be with in the car. 😕 He gets bored really easily, and after awhile becomes completely hysterical. And he’s not one of those babies that will just go to sleep in the car seat, apparently. He would sometimes sleep in the car when he was younger - but not now. We’ve tried lots of things. We’ll give him toys, but he’ll just throw them out of... More
HopMonk is a local institution! The beer list is excellent, the food is always solid, and the large indoor-outdoor space allows for both adults and kids to enjoy themselves in tandem. It’s also a great space for hosting larger gatherings; my 10-year high school reunion was held here, for example.
A solid local eatery that serves breakfast and lunch. You order at the counter, take a number, and then the staff will bring your order once it’s ready. Breakfast includes items like egg sandwiches and breakfast burritos, while lunch includes items like salads, sandwiches, and burgers. There’s also a coffee and juice bar with Stumptown drip coffee and espresso drinks, fresh juices and smoothies... More
We love Rudy’s! They have a special kids menu, and we were able to get the “toddler plate” (scrambled egg, avocado, and black beans) for our not-quite-a-toddler-yet little boy, and he loved it (and we have leftovers for tomorrow). He’s a bit too young to appreciate the paper and crayons (he tried to eat the crayons), but having that option is great regardless. For adults, the menu is extensive,... More
Juan’s Place is a neighborhood institution! Good selection, large portions, and tasty wine margaritas. We were prepared to just feed our baby some Cheerios and grapes while giving him some bits and pieces from our plates, and then the waitress came by, completely unprompted, with a little plate of rice and beans just for him. 😍 It was a very nice touch. I’m sure we’ll become regulars at this pl... More
This place is the best! Saturday mornings they have drop-in swim for babies, 8:30-9:20am, and it’s $8 per swimmer. It’s basically the best way to spend time and wear out the baby before the morning nap. 😉 There are big “family” changing rooms, and shower areas (with large showerheads mounted from the ceiling) with consistently-hot water. The water temp in the pool is nice and warm, and there ar... More
What are your favorite teething biscuits? We’re tried the Plum Organics biscuits, Mum Mums, and I just bought the Healthy Times biscuits. Generally speaking, it’d be nice if the biscuits were light on the sugar/sweeteners. 👶 Our baby is almost 10 months, has two bottom teeth, and has two top teeth coming in. Many thanks!
We ended up here when my mom noticed that their kids menu had cheese pizza, as my 5-year-old niece was in the mood for pizza. We had a great time! They had a high chair for our baby, the niece and nephew got their pizza and mac and cheese, and the adults enjoyed their beers and the upscale spin on traditional pub food.
What a great space! It’s a beautiful spot right on the lake. They gave us a high chair for our little one (he’s still a little small for high chairs, but we made it work by putting a folded-up jacket behind him). Our waiter very graciously took a photo of all us in front of the lake (adults with beers, baby with bottle). There’s an impressive play area for children, and changing tables in both ... More
Saturn is the best! Definitely a Santa Cruz institution (there’s one in Berkeley as well). My all-time favorite items on the menu are the club sandwich, thin-cut fries and the milkshakes (they have vegan milkshakes too!). They have a kids menu, and they can provide crayons/paper and booster seats for little ones. For the adults, there’s also beer and wine. 🍻🍷
Faction Brewing is amazing! There is so much space, so even if a lot of people are there, you can still usually find a table (and the beer line gets long, but moves pretty quickly). The view of the SF skyline is unreal. If you need to take your little ones for a walk/nap/etc., there's lots of space around the brewery, both inside and out. We managed to strap our little guy into the carrier ... More
So. Sleep training. Did you sleep train your infant? When did you do it, and how did you do it? We got the green light from his pediatrician to sleep train if we want. We've been putting him to bed sleepy but awake for almost a week now (he used to nurse to sleep), but it hasn't yet had an effect on his night wakings. He wakes up between 3-5 times a night - sometimes it seems to be f... More
This place was one of my all-time favorites pre-baby, and now post-baby, it's still one of my favorites. Upon arriving today, the hostess asked me if I wanted a flipped-over high chair, which I could use to place the car seat. I declined, since the baby doesn't like sitting idly in his car seat, but I thought it was a nice gesture. She sat us at a 4-top so we'd have more room, and w... More
Twice a week, Kaiser offers "Baby & Me" sessions. And twice a week, folks from these sessions walk to Cato's for lunch afterwards, babies in tow. Cato's is wonderfully accommodating, always reserving a set of tables for the group ahead of time. It's great! We always take up a lot of room with our various strollers, but no one seems to mind. On that note, the only downs... More
Happy weekend y'all. My husband and I have our first official "big night out" the last Saturday of this month. My parents will be taking care of the baby while we're out. We're going to dinner at Zuni Cafe and seeing Hamilton in SF (so excited!). I might need to pump while we're out and about that night. I have a small electric pump that has the option to run on batte... More
Another nice place to walk with the baby in the carrier that will guarantee a nap. This is a lovely and small park (a part of the Albany Waterfront Trail), with some interesting sculptures. I wouldn't necessarily call this a unique destination for children in particular, but it's a great spot regardless. I think this is a place to visit if you’re bringing your young kid in a carrier or ... More
We took our 2 month old son here for a walk, since a walk in the carrier + noise from the windy surroundings almost always guarantees a nap. The walking/biking path is relatively short, but still makes for a nice little trip. When our baby is older, I'm sure we'll enjoy bringing him to the playground! The ducks and geese along the park are a nice bonus (keep an eye out for goose poop, however!).
We had a nice little Father's Day outing here! Perfect park to go to on a hot day, as the wind from the Bay helps cool things down. Our newborn has been particularly fussy lately, but we strapped him into a carrier, and combined with the noise created by the wind, he went right to sleep.
Our niece and nephew had a great time here at the playground, and on the train and horse rides. We took a walk around the lake with the newborn in the carrier, and he napped the whole time (yay!), and then I was able to nurse him on one of the shaded park benches near the playground. Next time, I'll be sure to purchase an It's-It from the snack bar!
We came here with our almost 6-week-old, 5-year-old niece, and 3-year-old nephew, plus a bunch of adults, and everyone had a good time. They have an impressive, large list of beers on draft, and the food menu contains nice twists on classics (like burgers). We were able to park our stroller next to the table, walk around the restaurant with the baby when he got fussy, and I was able to nurse th... More
This was our baby's first outing to a drinking/eating establishment! It's not necessarily a kid-friendly place by default, but the overall layout (open and friendly) allows for you to bring in a stroller and enjoy some adult beverages while your baby/kid (hopefully) naps. If I'd had to nurse, I'm sure I could have. There were a couple of other parents there with babies in stroll... More
Our baby is only 11 days old, but we're doing what we can to acclimate him to our lifestyle (and to get used to what it's like to be out and about with a baby!). Today's attempt was a trip to Lake Merritt, where we took a walk in the stroller. Aside from some sporadic crying during the second half of the walk, baby Patrick did very well. We also checked "first public diaper ch... More