First Walker

Posted by Alina on Friday Apr 24, 2009 Under Baby Products

radio-flyer The Radio Flyer Classic Walker Wagon is an excellent product. We bought it for our son’s first birthday and he LOVES it. He plays with it every day. He is not yet walking on his own, but he enjoys walking around with this wagon. His favorite thing to do is to climb in and out of it and there is no greater happiness than sitting in the wagon and being pushed from one side of the room to the other. Unlike many push toys out there, this one does not tip when my son leans on it. The wheels have a “push-back” mechanism, which prevents them from moving too fast, even on bare wood floors (we don’t have carpeting). The wheels are rubberized and roll quetly, except for the clicking of the “push-back” pegs (which can be removed). There is plastic rounded bumper on the front, so if the child walks into furniture or walls, it leaves no scratches. The wagon provides an opportunity to practice climbing in and out (which involves some problem solving on my son’s part). It can also be filled with his favorite toys (in our case I fill and he empties). This is a fantastic first walker/toy, definitely worth the price.

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Stroller Friendly Subway Stations

Posted by Alina on Friday Apr 10, 2009 Under useful tips

If you have ever traveled with a stroller on the NYC subway, you know that stations with elevator access are a rare find, especially with complete access from the street to the platform. Some stations which do have elevators, like Union Square, provide access from the street to the mezzanine, but not down to the platform, leaving you facing a full staircase with your stroller. Often people are helpful and will lend a hand, but many times they will pass right by. Thus, when there is a new station that opens up, with complete elevator access, moms like me (who take the subway with a stroller almost every day), get very excited!

As part of the $530 million project, the new South Ferry Terminal station has opened on March 16th, 2009.  It is located below the Peter Minuit Plaza in Lower Manhattan, adjacent to Battery Park and the Staten Island Ferry Terminal. The new station has elevator access from the street all the way down to the 1 train platform. There is also a free transfer between the 1 train and the R, W at Whitehall Street station. You can read more about this project on the MTA website.

Another thing that is handy to have in your diaper bag is a print out of the page that Time Out New York Kids has put together, showing subway stops with elevators. Here is a link.

Happy travels!

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