The weather is finally beautiful, and there’s no better way to spend these gorgeous days than in the park with your new baby. It's so amazing seeing your little one play with grass for the first time, look up at tree branches, marvel at birds, and enjoy the summer breeze. Being able to put a big blanket down in Central Park or Prospect Park is great for practicing tummy time and or to just let baby explore. So grab some toys, a few books, and meet up with friends. And since your baby is not on-the-go just yet, you’ll definitely want a colorful backdrop for your photos. You’ll be taking lots of them.

Here are some of our favorite backdrops...we mean, picnic blankets.

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Having a newborn is challenging at the best of times, but during forced isolation and in a climate of fear and uncertainty, it can become overwhelming.

The coronavirus pandemic is setting up our communities for genuine mental health concerns. This may be especially true for new parents. When will 'normal' life return? How will I pay for diapers and baby food? Will my mom be able to help us now? What if my baby or my family get COVID-19? Unfortunately, no one knows the long-term impact or answers just yet.

Most families have built a network of social support by the time they have their first child—if they don't already have a support system, they develop one through various baby classes and groups set up for parents. The creation of the village can be instrumental to the mental health of new parents. Social distancing, the lockdown of cities, and isolation will inadvertently affect the type of support available.

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