Being a new parent is both exhilarating and exhausting. But with the inside scoop on Atlanta’s most recent openings to smart ways to find a sitter, Red Tricycle makes navigating parenthood as easy as 1-2-3. Whether you’re new to parenthood, or just new in town, here are the nuts and bolts of navigate “the big A” with the small set.

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1. What does my future hold? Right now, you might feel like there’s a big learning curve to parenting in Hotlanta. Don’t sweat it! You’ll get the hang of everything stat, and you’ll be laughing at this take on life as an Atlanta parent in no time.

2. I need to baby proof my new pad. Help! Dial PrepareFirst President Rob Carter and have him handle the job. As a professional safety consultant and “life safety instructor,” Carter is Atlanta’s go-to guy when it comes to keeping kiddos safe. Packing degrees from Yale, Harvard and too-many-safety-certifications-to-name, he is also a dad of three so he has the hands-on experience of living through the terrifying toddler years. PrepareFirst can handle everything from installing baby gates and cabinet locks to video monitoring systems, plus identify all the hazzards you might not spot. With a variety of full-service or DIY options, there are safety solutions to meet any budget. 678-888-0600

3. I’m not from here, I don’t have family here, and I really need a sitter. How do I score a great one? Call First Steps Atlanta. They offer pre-screened, referral-based child care for a nominal annual fee.

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4. I am expecting and looking to keep fit. Are there any pre-natal workout classes in town? Check out a pre-natal yoga, pilates or toning class at one of Oh Baby! Fitness‘ various locations throughout town. All instructors are nationally certified to help you adapt your workout to ensure you and baby are safe and in shape for delivery.

5. Where are the best playgrounds in town? We’ve scoured the city and selected ten parks that will make you and your kiddos rush to get the shoes on and get out the door!

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6. I already had the baby and need to get my bod back, but I have baby with me. If you are looking to get back out there and get your workout on, but still have baby in tow, check out Fit 4 Mom‘s stroller exercise classes in parks throughout Atlanta. You and your wee workout buddy will not only enjoy the endorphins and fresh air, but also the camaraderie of other new moms who are also in the trenches.

7. I need some fresh air. How about a walk or run? If a nice walk or run is more your stride then strap your little one into a jogging stroller to see Atlanta in a whole new way on one of these stroller-friendly running trails.

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Photo: S. Massey

8. What about the BeltLine? Get in the know here about Atlanta’s most exciting development of outdoor space and trail since they made Piedmont Park.

9. What about Ponce City Market? Can I take my kids there? Located steps from the BeltLine, Ponce City Market has captivated Atlanta’s attention. Here’s what you need to know about this new mixed-up redevelopment of the old Sears building on Ponce.

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Photo: James via flickr 

10. I need to get out of dodge for a while. What are easy day trips from here? If you’re feeling the urge to get out of the metro area and explore a little of the surrounding back country, check out these trip ideas.

11. I need a bra that actually fits. Your girls have taken a beating thanks to baby. Perk up and keep abreast with your changing needs at Rigby & Peller (formerly Intimacy). By taking your exact measurements, trained stylists find you comfortable bras that actually fit and flatter. Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Rd., Buckhead

12. I need some sleep. Stat! Starting out as an ATL-based family planning, support, and consulting program led by two mama healthcare professionals, Moms On Call has grown to global proportions with its website and book series. Providing easy-to-follow, positive, and realistic advice, lucky for exhausted Atlanta parents, the founding duo serves local families with in-home parenting consultations. Also offering online parenting classes, just think of them as mommy’s little helpers.

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Photo: Ted Johnson via flickr

13. I need to get some gear for baby. Think of B Braithwaite as your new one-stop shop. With well-trained staff who is versed in the musts of mommyhood, B Braithwaite’s Buckhead locations offers a well curated selection of everything from breast pumps to hair bows. 102 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Buckhead

14. But I’m on a budget. Lucky for you Atlanta is rich with carefully curated consignment shops. Click here for our list of where to buy what on the cheap.

15. And I like to shop an eclectic mix of vintage and antique furniture, but I’ve always got kids in tow. Whether you’re looking to outfit your new nursery with gorgeous antiques or shabby-chic treasures, you’ll find everything you need at Scott’s. Don’t expect to come away with the nuts and bolts—like a crib—but end tables, dresser drawers, light fixtures, and more are just waiting for you at this once a month treasure hunt. Here’s how to navigate a day at Scott’s Antique Market with kids in tow.

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16. I’m looking for some cool classics for my cutie. Rachel Baba’s carefully curated shop, Seed Factory, offers a selection of simple wooden toys, books, crafts and clothing for children from newborn to age 12. Find Jess Brown rag dolls mixed with Hape wooden toys and a well-edited selection of favorite story books. 1170 Howell Mill Rd, Westside

17. Baby is having a birthday! 
The dime store of yesteryear lives on at Richard’s Variety. Jam-packed with toys ranging from hard-to-find board games to classics like magic sets—this is where you will find the toys you remember playing with as a kid. Let your little one play on the train table while you soak in their selection of party decorations, greeting cards, gift items and other randomness. 2347 Peachtree Rd. NE
, or 931 Monroe Dr.

18. And so is everyone else!!! All of the sudden it seems like there is a party every weekend, and prerequisite presents can add up! Buy in bulk at one of Atlanta’s neighborhood toy stores listed here.

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Photo: Katsuhito Nojiri via flickr 

19. I want to remember how cute my baby is forever. Who is a good photographer in town? Hire a pro to document their deliciousness in a more permanent form. Skip the posed studio portraits and check out one of these awesome Atlanta-area photographers who employ nature light and a candid approach to capture your kid in a flash.

20. What about music class? If your little rock star likes to sound off, tune into one of these Atlanta-area music classes so your babe doesn’t miss a beat. They’ll pump up your peanut’s playlist for a song and foster a lifelong love of music.

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21. Or maybe some fresh farm air. Where do we go to pick stuff? Sometimes, you need a couple of green acres to shake the city off you. Head to these nearby u-pick farms and patches to get the kiddos reconnected with the food chain.

22. Where is the park? Atlanta’s own mini Central Park, Piedmont Park, is more kid-friendly than ever. With its prime Midtown location, nestled up next to the Botanical Garden and surrounded by casual eateries, families could easily spend a whole day exploring. Check out our guide for a stress-free stroll through the park with a pre-plotted path and all the insider info you need to know to spend your morning navigating nature.

23. I live farther north than Midtown. Anything a little closer to my neck of the woods? Located just west of Roswell Road but still ITP is Chastain Park, and its playground has just undergone a multimillion dollar renovation. Here’s everything you need to know before you go.

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Photo: Chastain Park Conservancy

24. I am expecting and need some new clothes. Where can I score an outfit that makes me feel like the goddess I am? Check out these spots for maternity wear, all of which are full of fashion forward—but appropriate—styles for the mamas-to-be.

25. Man, it is hot here! Where can a kid catch some shade? You need to get your kids outside but want to keep them out of the sun. Don’t fret. We’ve got you covered—literally. Your kids can get fresh air and exercise while avoiding that Hotlanta sun at the area’s shadiest playgrounds.

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Photo: S. Massey

26. Umm, still hot. Where to go to really keep cool? They don’t call it “Hotlanta” for nothing, that’s for sure.  The big A steams in the summer with a double dose of both heat and humidity. These local splash pads will cool off the kiddos in no time and provide an endless supply of giggles.

27. What’s the story on the “Hooch?” Most Atlantans live within striking distance to one of the Chattahoochee’s neighboring city parks or National Recreation Areas. Whether you’re looking for a playground with a water vista, a relatively easy hike, or a sandy river flat where you can kick off your shoes and splash with the littles, read all our guide to the Hooch here.

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28. Where can my kid just play in nature? City living can be great but sometimes they just need to play in the dirt. Click here for the dirt on where they can have some garden-variety fun.

29. I want to take the tots to eat outside. Got any ideas? Yup, we sure do. Click here.

30. I need more than a patio to keep my kids happy. Any themed restaurants around here? Oh don’t you know it! Check these out.

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Did we miss anything? What do you think new ATL parents need to know? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Phebe Wahl & Shelley Massey