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 seattle!

Professor Banjo

What: Dance and sing along to bluegrass tunes as the Portland musician records the live show.
Why: Fake beards (provided) add to the old-timey fun.
When: Sun., 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Where: Empty Sea Studios, 6300 Phinney Ave. (206-228-2483). Tickets online at brownpapertickets.com. Adults and children, $10 in advance; $12 at the door.

Mardi Gras Party

What: Make masks and necklaces, get a crash course in Spanish and French, and join the parade.
Why: Laissez les bon temps rouler!
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-noon.
Where: Orange Blossom Society, 16715 NE 79th St., Redmond (425-883-2400). Admission is free.

Spaceheadz Extravaganza

What: John Scieszka, author of The Stinky Cheeseman and other favorites, reads from his new book, Sphdz #1.
Why: Your little alien will appreciate the free refreshments.
When: Wed., 7 p.m.
Where: Sammamish Library, 825 228th Ave. SE, Sammamish (425-392-3130). Admission is free.

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

Empty Sea Studios
6300 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
Sammamish Library
825 228th Ave SE
Sammamish, WA 98075
16715 NE 79th St
Redmond, WA 98052