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 philadelphia!

National Cocoa Day

What: Shake off chilly December weather with a warm beverage.
Why: He’ll go bonkers for the melting marshmallow hot chocolate.
When: Today, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Max Brenner, 1500 Walnut St. (215-344-8150).

Stuff-a-Room Toy Drive

What: Donate new, unwrapped playthings to kiddos in need.
Why: Hate circling the city looking for illusive parking spots? Drop it right off to the doorman.
When: Thru Sun.
Where: Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, 1 Logan Sq. (215-963-1500).

What: The Swiss troupe makes magical objects out of everyday items like toilet paper, garbage bags, and wire.
Why: She’s seen The Nutcracker too many times to count.
When: Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 & 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.
Where: Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St. Tickets at 215-898-3900 or online at annenbergcenter.org. Adults and children, $28-$48.

Photo: Courtesy of Parents and Experts, LLC

Max Brenner
1500 Walnut St
@ 15 St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
3680 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
1 Logan Sq
Philadelphia, PA 19103