What to Expect When You're Expecting Your Second

Big Brother and Big Sister Gifts

freerider mountain buggy!

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.

bb’s tees party packs!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.

pottery barn kids’ digital camera!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.

maternity clothes! Waist not, want everything! Stock up on maternity clothes for sitting pretty while on stork watch.

this week in philadelphia!
Operation Ava Welcoming Event

What: Young animal lovers learn about pet care and meet furry friends at the new no-kill shelter.
Why: Adorable cats and dogs — need we say more?
When: Sun., 4-7 p.m.
Where: 858 N. Third St. (215-240-1240). Participation is free.

A Tale of Two Cities Brunch

What: Spend the morning with your kidlet (ages 3-10) filling up at the breakfast buffet, visiting with Dora the Explorer, and seeing what’s blooming at the Philadelphia International Flower Show.
Why: Eiffel Tower make-and-take crafts drive home the Parisian theme.
When: Sat., 9:30-11 a.m.
Where: Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., 33rd flr. (215-627-1200); flower show, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. (215-418-4700). Tickets at 215-972-0700 or online at app.etapestry.com. Brunch only, adults, $50; children, $35. Brunch and flower show, adults, $75; children, $50.

Women’s Work: Hearth Cooking in the Log House

What: Watch historic foodways expert Deborah Peterson whip up an early American meal and score recipes you can try at home.
Why: Pint-size pioneers lend a hand fetching firewood and churning butter.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Mercer Museum, 84 S. Pine St., Doylestown (215-345-0210). Adults, $9; children, $4; under 5, free.

Photos: Courtesy of Mountain Buggy; Courtesy of BB’s Tees; Courtesy of Pottery Barn Kids

Operation Ava
858 N 3rd St
@ Poplar St
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Loews Philadelphia Hotel
1200 Market St
33rd flr
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Mercer Museum
84 S Pine St
Doylestown, PA 18901
Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19107