Baby Basics 101

baby's home what now dvd!

We’re pretty sure the liar who said, “Don’t worry! Breast-feeding melts off the pounds” is the same person who said, “Don’t worry! Your maternal instinct will kick right in.”

Our suggestion: While nursing off that extra padding, pop in a copy of Baby’s Home … What Now? The new DVD takes all the advice, tips, and facts you need for the first three months and synthesizes it into manageable chapters.

Calling on experienced parents and a panel of experts (an ob-gyn, pediatric nurse, sex therapist, and postpartum consultant), it bravely ventures into territory your friends with kids forgot to share (sleepless nights, messy postpartum recovery, sex after childbirth).

And though the DVD won’t give you all the answers, it does arm you with enough knowledge to feel confident in your new role as mom. Which is the weight off you really need.

Available online at babyshomedvd.com, $25.

this week in boston!

Family-Style Christmas

What: Chef Rachel Klein turns out an upscale menu that appeals to picky eaters and parents alike.
Why: Samara Lamm of The Kid’s Place occupies tykes with crafts.
When: Fri. Seatings begin at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Aura, 1 Seaport Ln., Seaport District. Reservations (recommended) to 617-385-4300.

Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt

What: Witches and wizards test their knowledge of the fantastical tale.
Why: Scurry through the museum to shake off cabin fever.
When: Thru Dec. 31. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closed Dec. 24 & 25.)
Where: Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge (617-495-3045). Adults, $9; children, $6; under 3, free.

Alastair Moock & His Rowdy Roots Band

What: The local fixture sings tunes from his new kid-friendly album.
Why: Wiggle and groove at the high-energy show.
When: Sun., 10:30 a.m.
Where: The Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline (617-734-2501). Tickets online at coolidge.org. Adults, $9.75; children, $7.75.

Photo: Courtesy of Parents and Experts, LLC

1 Seaport Ln
Boston, MA 02210
26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138
290 Harvard St
Brookline, MA 02446