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MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: 7 Tips for Meeting Other New Moms

Moms-and-BabiesBecoming a mom is life changing and puts you into a whole new world, whether you’re a stay at home mom, working mom or part-time working mom.

All types of mothers want and need a connection with other mothers.  But finding that connection can be tough especially if you are new in town or changing lifestyles.

How do you find this network?  You have to make an effort – which is easier said than done because you’re sleep deprived, maybe feeling a little shy or nervous about meeting new people, and it requires research.

We tackled this topic today on MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM:   Click arrow to hear the replay of MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM’s South Shore Morning News with Rob Hakala and Lisa Azizian.MommaJam on WATD

Here are 7 tips to get started:

1.  Meet Ups

You may have heard about “Meet Ups for Singles who like to Mountain Climb” – there’s a Meet Up group for just about any activity out there!

Meet Up for Quincy Area Moms with Babies and Toddlers is a social and support group for mothers in the South Shore area.

Jennifer Sammons joined and took over this Meet Up group in 2014 when she moved to Quincy and was clueless about where the playgrounds were, how to register for library story time – all of the critical new mom things you need to know about.

The group helped Sammons get out of the house with her new baby and meet other women who knew exactly what she was going through as a new mom.

The Meet Up for Quincy Area Moms group has an active Facebook page where moms swap info on events, recommendations and babysitters.  Love this resource!  Krista Spencer founded the group in 2011, and it’s been growing ever since.

Go to for more information.

2.  Libraries 

Most public libraries have toddler time where you can listen to stories, play with puppets and hang out with other moms.

The Ventress Library in Marshfield is next door to a huge playground, which is good for when babies are older (and the weather is warmer).  Plus, Peppermint Twist Candy Shoppe is across the street – stop in for your sweet tooth fix after story time!

3.  Sports and Exercise for Moms

New moms should seek out women who have the same interests.  Sports is a big draw because many news moms want to get back into shape after having a baby.

Oh Baby Fitness is a great group to join for stroller workouts, pool work outs and socializing.  They offer numerous classes at the University Sports Complex in Hanover.

Check them out on Facebook:

4. Town Groups for New Moms, Babies and Toddlers 

Most towns have a formal group for babies through pre-K.  The Hingham Mothers Club is a great example.  Call your Town Hall to ask about new mothers groups.

5.  Area Hospitals Where You Delivered

South Shore Hospital has new moms groups that are facilitated by registered nurses with years of experience caring for women and families during the childbearing years.  The South Shore Hospital group meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.

Call additional hospitals on the South Shore for further assistance and connections.  Most of these groups are led by specialists in breast feeding, post partum living, exercise, and much more.

6.  Holistic Moms Network in Plymouth offers support and connections for moms who are interested in a natural, organic lifestyle.

7.  Very Important:  South Shore Post Partum Support Network This is a Task Force to help mothers – from Quincy to the Cape – with post partum depression.

They have link, Where to meet other parents, that is helpful. If you need support for post part depression, please get help immediately – you are not alone.  Professionals are available to guide you and your family.

Let us know if you have a favorite connecting place and we’ll add it to the list.

Thanks for listening to MommaJam.  Tune in every Thursday at 7:10 a.m. ET on 95.9 WATD-FM.  You can listen live on the dial or stream live from your iPhone, iPad or computer.


January 7, 2015 at 6:57 pm 2 comments

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: 5 Tips for Bringing Baby to the Beach



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Click Arrow to Hear MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM on Thursday, July 24, 2014 with Morning Show Hosts Rob Hakala and Lisa Azizian.

 Please pardon the reverb – this show broadcasted live from a remote location.

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In 2005, when MommaJam was a rookie mom going to the beach with a baby was full of drama.  Looking back as the veteran mom:  SIMPLIFY!

You will get through the day!

Here are the top 5 things you need for a successful day at the beach this summer:

1.  Shade

The most important item for beach babies is shade.   OneStepAhead has great baby cabanas in cute colors and styles.  These portable tents are easy to open and close and are the prefect spot for an afternoon nap (for the baby… I mean mom… I mean the baby…)

2.  Beach Stroller

Any jogging stroller that can handle terrain will do.  While I did bring the car seat/baby bucket to the beach a few times, you really want a place to park your baby, but can also move around.  Jogging strollers let you take a walk, induce a nap (baby), explore, and more.  Plus, jogging strollers make  nice sherpas.

3.  Baby-Friendly Sun Screen

Interestingly, the FDA doesn’t recommend sunscreen for babies, opting for shade instead.  However, that’s not entirely realistic (and not much fun)!  The Badger brand has a gentle sunscreen lotion with camomile that the company says is appropriate for babies under 6 months.  Go to for a full sunscreen report on what’s safe for babies, toddlers, bigger kids and adults.


Hydrate.  Nuff said.

5.  LUNCH for mom! 🙂

CRITICAL!  🙂  Make this ahead of time – like the night before – so it’s ready to go.  Make sure lunch is easy to eat with one hand.

Most of all, have fun, take pictures and pray for nap time.


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July 25, 2014 at 5:11 pm Leave a comment

Two Moms “Run” South Shore Oh Baby Workout Program

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Listen live and call in to win a free Oh Baby Fitness class of your choice.


This week’s MommaJam continues with our mom and baby workout theme that we’ve been talking about with Rob Hakala and new mom Lisa Azizian, co-hosts of the South Shore Morning News show on 95.9 WATD-FM.

On Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 7:10 a.m. we are profiling two moms on the South Shore who “run” (pun intended) a roving mom and baby workout business. Tune in to hear about these gals.

Listen live and call in to win a free Oh Baby Fitness class of your choice.

Katelyn Woodard of Marshfield and Kristen St. Amour of Pembroke have joined forces to license the national “Oh Baby” fitness program and offer numerous stroller, pool and mat-based work out classes for new and expecting moms.

The Oh Baby classes are all over the South Shore, so there’s no excuse – you really can find a class close to home. Here’s a list of all of the class locations, to date:

Plymouth Fitness
Webb’ Pro Fitness
Scituate Racquet and Fitness Club
The University Sports Complex
The Hingham Community Center
Forge Pond Park in Hanover
Abigail Adams Park in Weymouth
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Boston
Enhanced Integrated Wellness of Hingham
Hidden Pond at the Derby St. Shoppes

This dynamic duo also offers mom and baby and pregnancy water aerobics. And, you can take their pregnancy yoga at Enhance Integrated Wellness in Hingham.

Exercise for expecting moms and new moms is very important to ward of the baby blues, meet like-minded friends, and have fun. Post partum depression or ANY shade of the baby blues is serious. Classes like these draw moms together, help you bond with your baby and build a solid network of friends. Plus – you get a work out in and feel good!

The best way to register for classes is to go to:

You can also go to Katelyn and Kristen’s Oh Baby Facebook Page:

Sign up today! Get moving! Have fun!

Tune in on Thursday, May 29, 2014 to hear the live radio discussion of Oh Baby on the South Shore. You can listen live on the dial at 95.9 or online here.

Listen live and call in to win a free Oh Baby Fitness class of your choice.

May 28, 2014 at 2:28 pm Leave a comment

Yoga is the New “It” Activity for Kids

Yoga for Kids

Yoga for Kids Soothes Mind and Body

We are doing a January wellness series on MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM.

This week we are talking about the benefits of yoga for kids, which has finally become mainstream.  No longer a crunchy, alternative exercise for kids, yoga helps youngsters learn intuition, calm their minds, transition, and develop physical and mental balance.

We interviewed Meg Durkin, founder of Yoga Magic 4 Kids on the South Shore.  Durkin  instructs about 17 different classes for kids:  Pre-schoolers at the South Shore Conservatory in Hingham and middle schoolers at Open Doors Yoga Studio in Hingham.

“Yoga teaches kids to be introspective,” says Durkin.  “It helps them go inside themselves to learn what they need to feel better.”

Yoga also reminds kids what “quiet time” feels like.  In an age when kids are constantly “on” and plugged in with electronics or running from one activity to another, yoga is an opportunity for kids quiet down.

“The movements in yoga develop and integrate the right and left side of the brain, which promotes learning,” says Durkin.  Plus, yoga strengthens the body and is a great overall exercise for kids.  The deep breathing involved boosts your immune system.

In addition to public classes, Durkin offers private yoga for families, Girl Scouts or any group looking to get fit though yoga.  In the spring, she’s introducing wellness lesson for families. Go to for more information.

Tune into MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 at 7:10 a.m. ET to learn more about yoga for kids and pre and post natal yoga for moms.

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January 16, 2013 at 12:19 pm 1 comment

MommaJam on 95.9 WATD-FM: Homemade-DIY Holiday Gifts & Spuni Messy Baby Contest


On MommaJam, Dec. 13, 2012, we are talking about:

1.  Homemade-DIY Holiday Gifts.

Try this easy recipe for Chocolate Dipped Pretzels:  Melt chocolate, crush candy canes with a mallet, dip pretzels into chocolate, swirl into the crushed candy cane, and let dry on parchment paper.  Wrap in a nice bag with a colorful bow and labels.

Enjoying spending family time together, shoulder to shoulder.  Inspire kids by getting involved yourself, so you’re not forcing kids to make the gifts, but having fun together to create Christmas spirit.

2.  Spuni Messy Baby Contest

I love this new company!  Spuni is a raising money to launch an BPA-free baby spoon that doesn’t make a mess when feeding babies.  The spoons will come in all different vibrant colors.   Any mom, dad or grandparent who has fed a baby knows how messy it is!  Spuni is changing all of that with it’s Spuni spoons.

Spuni is having a Messy Baby Contest.  Upload your messy baby photos onto Twitter with the hashtag #GetSpuni.  When Spuni reaches 50 photos, they will pick their favorite and send the winner a Spuni set in April.  In the meantime, the company is looking for backers through IndieGoGo, so any one with deep pockets listening, should check out

Go to Get to learn more about the Messy Baby Contest and watch the Messy Baby video – it’s terrific!

Happy Holidays!

December 14, 2012 at 11:13 am Leave a comment

Spuni (Pronounced Spoon-Y) Messy Baby Contest

Got a messy baby?  Spuni wants to see!  Upload your messy baby photos onto Twitter with the tag #GetSpuni.  Spuni will collect the photos and post them on  Facebook.  When Spuni reaches 50 messy babies, it’ll pick a favorite and post the winner @GetSpuni on Twitter.   The winner receives a Spuni set of color choice in April with backers from  Now, go get messy!

Follow the Messy Baby contest on Facebook page:  Go to for more information.

Gotta love these video pix of messy babies!  Enter the Messy Baby Contest to win gorgeous BPA-free baby spoons from Spuni.

We’ll be talking about messy babies on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 at 7:10 a.m. ET on 95.9 WATD-FM.  Tune in to listen live.

December 11, 2012 at 5:06 pm Leave a comment on 95.9 WATD-FM, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012 on 95.9 WATD-FM, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012

Stylish covers for plastic baby wipe boxes from $15 per cover or three for $30 this weekend when the site goes live.

Tune into MommaJam, today, Nov. 29, 2012 to hear more about and other holiday shopping ideas on 95.9 WATD-FM at 7:10 a.m.

November 29, 2012 at 6:32 am Leave a comment

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