This is a Maternity Monday post by guest blogger and teaching artist Jess Levey. This series publishes almost every Monday on Beccarama.
Last week I had the great pleasure of attending The Big City Moms’ Biggest Baby Shower Ever at The Metropolitan Pavillion in NYC. This was my first baby crazed event and I had mixed feelings about attending since I wasn’t sure I needed to be inspired to spend hundreds of dollars on lots of gadgets that I’m pretty sure our parents did just fine without. But, it was actually quite exciting to see all the fun stuff out there for me and baby that may actually make life a bit easier when the time comes.
We have an incredibly small one bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, so I quickly dismissed any of the large items pretty quickly, including some of the monstrous strollers that I am pretty sure wouldn’t even fit through our front door (I’ve got my heart set on a purple city mini anyway). I was also not so into some of the larger companies whose products I am pretty familiar with. Since I worked as a nanny for two years through Grad School I feel like I have already seen and used it all, but I was pleasantly surprised by some of the offerings of the small companies whose owners were the ones actually running their booth.
A friend of mine recently told me to buy lots of nightgowns for the baby rather than those snapping one pieces making it much easier at night to change them. I was looking around for some cute options at the show, when I saw Magnificent Baby’s magnetic onesies and clothing. They are amazingly adorable and since they are magnetic there is no snapping at all, with just a quick wave of your hand, boom, the baby’s jammies are open and ready for changing. It looked magical to me, and the owner of the company, Lauren, was friendly and really fun to talk to. We had a great conversation with another mom-to-be about our irrational fears concerning our growing baby. Hanging out at Magnificent Baby allowed me to relax a bit amongst the chaos of 100s of pregnant women who were frantically filling out raffles to win free baby stuff.
Speaking of free stuff, Big City Moms donated the press gift bags to Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts rather than give them to bloggers. This was a really nice gesture, but made it hard for me to speak first hand about products in the bag. However, I did manage to win a Nuroo baby carrier – another of my favorite items at the show.
Daniela Jensen, the co-founder of Nuroo had spoken with me for a quite a bit about the awesome and very unique Nuroo which is basically a shirt that also functions as a baby carrier. The baby literally sits inside the shirt offering calming skin-to-skin contact.
It turns out that this skin to skin connection also helps milk production and postpartum depression, and it just seems like a great solution during those first few months when you’re hanging out at home and/or running out the door for a walk. You can just throw on your coat over you and baby much more easily than with a traditional carrier. I am very excited to try mine out! I was thinking it would also be helpful when doing dishes since you are hands free, but then I remembered that I am not doing any dishes! That’s what family is for, isn’t it?
When time and place calls for a normal shirt, there is Milk Diary, makers of fashionable nursingwear, another of my favorite booths at the show. The line of tops and dresses are simple and elegant, and I am looking forward to trying them out after baby is born.
When I was at a new mommy’s house recently she was nursing so inconspicuously, as if the baby was suckling her shirt! I couldn’t understand what was going on, and then she showed me the magic of the nursing shirt. Not sure how I never saw this before (then again, I was a nanny not a wet-nurse!). I always picture nursing as so cumbersome, all that yanking down, and those silly looking bibs to hide one of the most natural experiences on earth. But, now with chic looking nursing shirts, it all seems way easier, especially when out in public.
I also loved this brand Nhocchi who make the most beautiful puppets and creative character toys. Nhocchi’s toys look hand crafted and gorgeous, and most importantly, small. A very nice gift for the holidays (or for a baby shower) for the finicky mom-to-be like me, who likes things small and aesthetically pleasing, and preferably not plastic coated (hint, hint).
Of course, there were other well-known brands who were represented at the show who I just love like Skip Hop, Joovy, and Lansinoh (amazingly small breast pump!).
And, the food from Big Daddy’s was unhealthy and delicious, just what we pregnant women want while we brows on our feet for hours. Grilled Cheese, cheeseburgers, mac and cheese, my baby definitely got his/her dose of calcium that night which I rationalized by reminding myself that I need more calcium to help with my new painful Charlie horses that I seem to be getting in my legs at night, ouch.
So, in all it was a great evening, and I am happy to have not seen any very large items that I think I so desperately need. Everything I loved was itsy bitsy, just like our baby (although right now, he/she feels VERY large).
Unless noted all photos are from: Sarah Merians Photography