No one can fully prepare you for the crazy, sleepless, shower-deprived, always-a-poop-with-your-name-on-it life with a newborn. But Amber Crosby sure comes close.
Her business, Baby Bump Planning, gives expecting families the push they need to get ready for a little one’s arrival. With a focus on compiling the perfect registry, she offers several personalized packages at prices that won’t break the piggy bank.
Starting at $40, she’ll offer a custom list of everything you need to care for a newborn up to 2 years, including details like how many of each size diaper you should start with. For $190, she’ll also make a house call to give tips on everything from space saving in the nursery to car seat recommendations. Finally, for $390, she’ll do all that, plus accompany you on two hour-long visits to baby stores to demonstrate products and answer burning questions (umbrella versus jogger? sling or back carrier?).
Of course, you can tack on other services, including shower invites, birth announcements, and scrapbooks. That way, your little bundle will be nothing but a joy.
Baby Bump Planning (312-622-7653 or chicagobabyplanning.com).
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Jim Henson’s Fantastic World
What: Go face-to-puppet with Kermit, Miss Piggy, Ernie, Bert, and more at the exhibit honoring the characters’s creator.
Why: It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights.
When: Thru Jan. 23. Mon.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., at 57th St. (773-684-1414). Adults and children, $10-$15.
What: Pick a pumpkin in an outdoor patch, pet farm animals, ride ponies, and bobble around a bounce house.
Why: The no-scare maze with cheerful costumed characters means your little ghost can rest easy.
When: Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison St., at Drake Ave. (773-478-2889). Admission is free; nominal charge for some activities.
Maternal America Trunk Show
What: Shop a deep selection of the brand’s casual and business wear for expecting mamas (charcoal jackets, satin shift dresses, cowl-neck nursing tops).
Why: Score 20 percent off your total purchase when you buy two or more pieces (prices range $68-$180).
When: Thru Sun. Hours, Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: Krista K Maternity + Baby, 3530 N. Southport Ave., b/t Cornelia Ave. & Addison St. (773-248-4477).
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