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 washington d.c.!

What: Make a maraca, catch a few dance performances, and take part in other family-friendly activities.
Why: Learn fancy footwork from Step Afrika.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets at 202-399-7993 ext. 2 or online at intersectionsdc.com. Adults, free-$39; children, free-$20.

The Magic Paintbrush
What: A poor orphan yearns to become an artist in this Chinese folk tale.
Why:  A gift from a mysterious man sets the colorful story in motion.
When: Thru Apr. 3.
Where: Synetic Family Theater, 4041 Campbell Ave., Arlington (703-824-8061). Tickets at 800-494-8497 or online at robot.boxofficetickets.com. Adults and children, $12 in advance; $15 at the door.

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

What: Fire trucks, clowns, and bagpipers join the procession.
Why: Little leprechauns dig music by the Martin Family Band.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Washingtonian Center, I-370, at Washingtonian Blvd., Gaithersburg. Info at 301-258-6350. Participation is free.

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

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Washingtonian Center
9811 Washingtonian Blvd
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Synetic Family Theater
4041 Campbell Ave
Arlington, VA 22206
1333 H St NE
bt 13th & 14th Sts
Washington, DC 20002