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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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.
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