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 miami!
A Christmas Carol

What: A musical adaptation of the holiday classic.
Why: The lively performance chases away any traces of the bah humbugs.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. (Also Dec. 20, 7 p.m.)
Where: Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables (305-444-9293). Tickets at 305-444-9293 ext. 1 or online at tickets.actorsplayhouse.org. Adults and children, $17.50.

The Nutcracker
What: Don’t miss feisty mice, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and a visit to the Land of Sweets.
Why: You’re still trying to unravel the mystery of the towering tree.
When: Thru Dec. 23.
Where: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd. (305-949-6722). Tickets at 305-929-7010 or online at secure.miamicityballet.org. Adults and children, $19.75-$65.

Tron: Legacy
What: Play interactive video games and catch a showing of the new 3-D movie.
Why: Free frozen treats appeal to your tot no matter how high-tech he is.
When: Sat. & Sun., noon-4 p.m.; ice cream, 1-3 p.m.
Where: Museum of Discovery & Science, 401 SW 2nd St., Fort Lauderdale (954-467-6637). Adults, $17; children, $14.

Photo: Courtesy of Parents and Experts, LLC

401 SW 2nd St
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
280 Miracle Mile
Miami, FL 33134
1300 Biscayne Blvd
@ MacArthur Cswy
Miami, FL 33132