"I'd describe parents in my city as progressive and eco-conscious," says Natasha Pressler, who has a 4-year-old son, August, as well as her baby Zander. She grew up in the area and says the vibe is warm and social. "I've met lots of my friends at the playgrounds and through two mom groups I belong to." Pals aside, Pressler says living in Portland has lots of other perks.
The guides: Natasha Pressler, 24, with Zander, 8 months
There's easy access to stunning Mt. Hood.
gDiapers is based here; on-site child care and flex hours make it an enviable employer. (Dress, $30; pants, $20; gDiapers.com)
"I try to buy my produce at a farmers' market because it's all grown locally and so fresh," Pressler says. "Oregon strawberries are the best. Yum!"
"On dry days, I like to exercise outside. I hike in Forest Park or jog along the water," Pressler says. "If there's rain, I dance at Diva Den, a women's gym that offers free child care."
Clek's Foonf, a convertible car seat that's recyclable, isn't out till June, but one Portland baby boutique is swamped with preorders. ($500; PoshBaby.com)
This fun Julius print sure beats beige!
Originally published in the April 2012 issue of American Baby magazine.
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