With a toddler running wild, you’re looking forward to your hospital getaway. Because you know the real labor begins when it’s time to introduce No. 2 to No. 1.
Here are three finds to help ensure a smooth delivery.
Strollers are for babies. Scooters are for big kids. Thanks to Mountain Buggy, you can have both. The new Freerider (launching this month, $100) is a scooter board that attaches to the back of all the company’s strollers. Best part? When older sib needs to exert a little independence, it pops off for a solo ride.
Big sis status is something to celebrate. Personalized, downloadable party packs ($6) from BB’s Tees are an easy way to make a huge deal out of baby’s arrival — by throwing all the attention your older child’s way. Each kit includes cupcake toppers, pinwheels, and invitations to the special event.
With great power — ahem — comes great responsibility. Anoint big brother the official family photographer. Let him train his artistic eye on baby’s homecoming with a Pottery Barn Kids child-friendly digital camera ($99).
That way they both stay in the picture.
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Saint Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival
What: Watch floats roll by, and then play games and make crafts.
Why: Shepherd’s pie, green drinks, and other leprechaun-worthy fare.
When: Sat., noon-7 p.m.; parade, 1 p.m.
Where: Anniversary Park, 1945 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood (954-921-3404). Parade starts at 21st Ave. & Harrison St. Participation is free.
Family Fun Fest
What: Get the lowdown on unusual creatures like iguanas, pythons, and lionfish.
Why: Naturalists gain knowledge at hands-on stations.
When: Sun., 1-4 p.m.
Where: Biscayne National Park, 9700 SW 328th St., Homestead (305-230-7275). Admission is free.
International Orchid Festival
What: Settle in for story time, check out exotic blooms, and color.
Why: Sprouts stretch their limbs at a special yoga session.
When: Fri.-Sun., 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Where: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables (305-667-1651). Adults, $25; children 6-17, $12; under 6, free. With bike or public transportation discount, adults, $20; children, $10.
Photos: Courtesy of Mountain Buggy; Courtesy of BB’s Tees; Courtesy of Pottery Barn Kids