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Kristen Kardos, MA Ed., and Kathy McGuigan, MSW: New Moms.

Kristen Kardos and Kathy McGuigan, co-founders of Rhode Island New Moms Connection (affordable, accessible pregnancy and new mom groups throughout RI), value building community and developing support networks for new moms in addition to mothering their own joyful children. They share their knowledge, resources, and helpful tips for moms just beginning their journey into parenthood or moms that may need a little refresher.

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Can New Moms Find Balance?

Can New Moms Find Balance?

[ 1 ] May 2, 2012 |

By Kristen Kardos

With the Kidoinfo Evening of “Balancing Motherhood” just around the corner, I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic…eager to hear what other women will say. I find it so helpful to discuss issues with other women going through the same things (hence the birth of Rhode Island New Moms Connection); I love exchanging ideas and learning from others. Feeling so connected to this topic, I thought I’d share some ideas that I discuss with women in new moms groups…strategies that may help new moms find some balance.

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Anisa Raoof, guest speaker at RI New Moms Connection Moms of Multiples Workshop

Anisa Raoof, guest speaker at RI New Moms Connection Moms of Multiples Workshop

[ 0 ] April 30, 2012 |

Rhode Island New Moms Connection is pleased to announce the upcoming Moms of Multiples Workshop. The workshop is for moms of multiples (or women pregnant with multiples)—partners and any siblings are welcome too!

The workshop will be held at Kite Tails Play Center in North Kingstown on Saturday May 5th from 1-3pm. Anisa Raoof, founder of Kidoinfo and mother to twin boys, will be the guest speaker and she will share tips, information and resources regarding raising multiples. In addition to Anisa’s wisdom and expertise, there will be time for participants to connect and share experiences and support with one another. Kids are welcome to come and play!

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Top Five Things You Should Say to a New Mom

Top Five Things You Should Say to a New Mom

[ 1 ] March 7, 2012 |

Through my own experience as a new mom (three times!), work as a postpartum doula, and exchanges with countless new moms via Rhode Island New Moms Connection, I have heard some of the craziest things…that people say to new moms. Women are often made to feel uncomfortable by others they encounter on the street, at the grocery store, at restaurants – and even in their own home! Sometimes we need to just say nothing-at-all and show our support by doing things that help a new mom: cook her a meal, carry her bags, pick up the item she dropped, hold the door, give her a smile…and leave it at that. But, if we must say something, why not say something like this:

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Tips for New Moms: Developmental Activities for Babies under Three Months

Tips for New Moms: Developmental Activities for Babies under Three Months

[ 1 ] January 17, 2011 |

Hankie/Ribbon Wave
Materials: Brightly colored scarves or ribbons
Hold the scarf about twelve inches over baby’s head. Bring the fabric closer to baby, then lift it farther away, and bring it down again. Watching the cloth wave back and forth will boost baby’s ability to visually track and focus on objects.

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Meet the Mamas Behind Mama Earth Cloth Diapering Service

Meet the Mamas Behind Mama Earth Cloth Diapering Service

[ 4 ] December 8, 2010 |

Rhode Island New Moms Connection is pleased to announce the opening of the first Rhode Island-based cloth diapering service. Meet co-owners (and parents of two children) Melissa and Jennifer Schroeder Rondeau of Mama Earth Cloth Diaper Service. Below are excerpts from our interview as well as additional information you may find useful. RI New Moms: […]

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Top Ten Baby Shower Gifts for the New Mom

Top Ten Baby Shower Gifts for the New Mom

[ 4 ] September 14, 2010 |

10. Birth ball/yoga ball: Not only are yoga balls great for pregnancy (and labor), but they are a wonderful new mom tool. Babies love gentle bouncing, and the yoga ball allows for a much more comfortable and rhythmic bounce. 9. Baby’s calendar or journal: A great way to capture the milestones and special moments of […]

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Mommy Must-Haves

Mommy Must-Haves

[ 0 ] June 18, 2010 |

When preparing for one’s first baby, many women run to the nearest baby store, grab a gun and start tagging items blindly. Well, perhaps not blindly. Maybe you’ve read consumer ratings, asked your friends for help, and talked with the staff at the store. But – the reality is – newborns don’t need a lot. […]

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Finding Peace in Pregnancy

Finding Peace in Pregnancy

[ 7 ] March 5, 2010 |

We cannot overestimate how the media, our friends, television shows, and family members impact our thoughts and expectations of childbirth. We see women on television screaming in agony during labor or hooked up to IVs while lying in hospital beds, and we are reminded of pregnancy and childbirth stories shared by our friends, our sisters, […]

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Tips for New Moms: Favorite Tricks for Flying with an Infant

Tips for New Moms: Favorite Tricks for Flying with an Infant

[ 2 ] January 29, 2010 |

Escaping to a warmer climate this winter via airplane? If you are a new parent, the thought of flying with a baby may be daunting. You’ll likely get lots of good advice such as: – Feed the baby during take-off and landing so that he/she will swallow and the change in pressure won’t hurt the baby’s ears. […]

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Tips for New Moms: The Beauty of the Bedtime Routine

Tips for New Moms: The Beauty of the Bedtime Routine

[ 2 ] December 16, 2009 |

My husband and I are firm believers in the power of the bedtime routine. It all began when our first child was about 6 weeks old. During one of my daughter’s evening fussy times (commonly called the “witching hours”), we discovered that a warm bath soothed her and was about the only thing that would […]

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