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Hi! My name is Alison and I'm moving back to the Cambridge area (actually, to Arlington) after a 4 year absence -- and now I've got 2 children (ds is 3.5 years, dd is 8 months)! So even though I've lived in this area before, I was childless and life was VERY different. I'm looking for help with a few things.<br>
First, can anyone recommend a pediatrician supportive of co-sleeping and extended breastfeeding?<br>
Second, any advice on fun activities for the 8-12 month or 3.5-4 year set? I've never lived in Arlington before, and don't know what's up there. Of course, we're also happy to head into town -- I know the children's museum is great, for example...<br>
Third, anyone interested in welcoming me and my kids into a playgroup? We're going to be near Robbins Farm, if that helps...<br>
Thanks for any and all leads!<br>
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welcome back! (in advance).<br><br>
in terms of a ped, try dr. roy berkowitz-shelton at the davis square family practice. he is wonderful, extremely open to and supportive of ap, and also does homeopathy. the perfect mix for us! lots of folks on this board use him, so i'm sure you'll hear (or find) more recs in these parts.<br><br>
in terms of activities, i know there are a few websites with parent and child activities in arlington (don't remember exact names right now). the boys and girls club has lots of stuff, like swimming, art, gym, etc. there's always music together classes -- we've used music together of cambridge and the new school of music in cambridge. i liked the latter better.<br><br>
i'm interested to see what others suggest too!<br><br>
take care,<br>
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Thanks, Megin!<br>
I will be working in Cambridge, so I'll be looking into activities in both areas. I know there's a 'beach' area at the Arlington Reservoir -- I don't know how much fun it is for babies/kids -- but I'll find out in a few weeks!<br>
I'll let you know if I hear anything off list...<br>
The ped. sounds perfect.<br>
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we live in charlestown and send out a big big second for Dr Berkowitz-Shelton we love him.<br><br>
the science museum is also great for toddlers we go there very often<br><br>
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iused to babysit for folks who livedn arlington, and i often took the kids to the playground at Spy Pond. the bike trail goes right past there, and it's great for all sorts and sizes of wheels. There's also an indoor playspace called Tot Stop that was great when the weather was awful.
 

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Hi Alison,<br><br>
We live in Somerville but are always in Arlington, taking advantage of their WONDERFUL programs for little ones. Our plan is to move there after a couple of years -- you will discover that Arlington is a great place for families. There are a ton of things for kids of all ages. In addition to the above suggestions, you may want to peruse this:<br><br><a href="http://www.arlingtonfamilyconnection.org/resources/playgroups.html" target="_blank">http://www.arlingtonfamilyconnection...laygroups.html</a><br><br>
Peace,<br>
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Welcome to Arlington! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> We just moved here 9 months ago, and my dd just turned one. There are a lot of young children in this town, and we like it very much so far. I provide child care for a friend's dc a few days a week, so I usually have my hands full and haven't done too many structured activities with my dd. But, we did the winter/spring session of Music Together of Arlington and loved it. You can learn more about it at <a href="http://www.musictogetherofarlington.com" target="_blank">www.musictogetherofarlington.com</a> . I also know that the libraries offer some free programs that we would like to take advantage of more often. We would also be interested in doing an AP playgroup, if there's one starting up. Please keep me in mind!
 

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Another Arlingtonian here! Welcome to town! I don't have anything to add, but I'm reading all the tips, because I'd like to work on getting out of the house more after the baby is born. We moved here 3 years ago from Cambridge, and like it a lot so far. I will say that the library is great - even if you don't go to their activities, we have spent many hours there reading and playing with their toys. Oh, and to the poster who mentioned the Tot Stop, that was so fabulous, but unfortunately they closed a couple of years ago. There has been something similar for part of the year in Belmont, I think, but we've never been.
 
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