Nature has a remedy for nausea (ginger root) and stretch marks (vitamin E), but when it comes time to hunt and gather for the nursery, you’re on your own.
Before braving the wilds of BuyBuy Baby and Giggle, give Ashley Ristau of NestPrep a call. Part personal shopper, part life coach, Ristau guides you through the crush of layettes and bassinets.
During a brief meeting (in person or by phone), she’ll get a sense of your style, budget, and overall objectives (do you want the tacky bouncy seat that actually soothes or the sculptural Danish version that works with your decor?). Next she compiles a list of recommendations — her picks are as explicit as the softest washcloths (Gerber’s) to the fuzziest lovies (Angel Dear blankies) — for you to take on your shopping adventures.
For an extra fee, she’ll wait in lines, schlep bags, and do the ordering for you. Giving whole new meaning to an easy pregnancy.
NestPrep (212-924-3115 or nestprep.com). Basic package (approximately ten hours), $750; additional consulting, $150 per hour.
Estella’s Annual Clearance Sale
What: Save up to 75 percent on winter separates for kids ages newborn to 6 years.
Why: Little rompers = big savings.
When: Thru Jan. 24. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: 493 Sixth Ave., b/t 12th & 13th Sts. (212-255-3553).
Velma Gratch & the Way Cool Butterfly
What: Vivacious first grader Velma sings, dances, and discovers a love of butterflies.
Why: The charming tale follows her metamorphosis into someone special.
When: Thru Feb. 27. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Where: Vital Theatre Company, 2162 Broadway, at 76th St., 4th flr. (212-579-0528). Tickets online at iseats.net. Adults and children, $25.
One Grain of Rice, An Exponential Fairytale
What: Enjoy tales from around the world as told through song and dance.
Why: The sounds and movements in Cirene are mesmerizing.
When: Sun., 3 p.m.
Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., at 82nd St., Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium (212-570-3949). Tickets online at metmuseum.org. Adults & children, $15.
Photo: hownowdesign / Flickr