Three cool resources for expecting moms
Despite the power of maternal instincts, preparing for a baby is hardly intuitive. Certain things—like which baby bottles minimize gas, how to time contractions, and the best way to install a car seat—simply need to be learned. For first-rate guidance, these three baby-planning resources offer everything from gear-shopping advice to childbirth and lactation lessons.
Jamie Grayson knows how to talk an expecting mom off the ledge. “The Baby Guy” knows the pros and cons of just about every baby product on the market and specializes in helping new parents set up their homes and nurseries prior to the arrival of their first child. Grayson will visit your apartment to help you create a comprehensive list of everything you’ll need. He’ll also make specific brand recommendations—and will even do the shopping for you. Perhaps most valuable, he’ll show you how to actually use the stuff, from folding a Bugaboo, to changing the bag in a diaper genie, to installing a car seat. Grayson honed his expertise at BuyBuy Baby, where he worked for five years as the stroller expert. He made it his mission to learn every product in the store, eventually becoming their most in-demand registry advisor, with a three-month waiting list. Grayson decided to launch his consulting company in 2008, and has a growing following of grateful new moms. Beyond product expertise, he can offer help finding a doula for your birth or even a qualified, well-matched nanny. Rates from $75 an hour, or $350 a day. All-inclusive packages and o nline consultations available as well.
Maternity designer Rosie Pope built a small but impressive following with fans like Melania Trump, Ana Oritz, and Amy Poehler when she opened her first boutique in Soho two years ago. Now Pope has set her sights on the uptown mom community, opening a new store on Madison Avenue—with a twist. The boutique is aiming to be a destination for new and expecting moms, with an adjoining, two-room studio for private classes taught by highly regarded experts (pre-natal Yoga, lactation workshops, infant CPR, etc.), plus mommy-and-me playgroups and baby showers.
Rosie Pope Maternity
1265 Madison Avenue
Mary Oscategui educates and coaches expecting moms on everything from birthing options and breastfeeding to maternity health to “going green” and postpartum depression. Oscategui also offers pre-and post-natal personal training and yoga, and can recommend nutritionists, lactation consultants, sleep consultants, baby proofers, child care agencies and clinical psychologists. She works out of the NYC tri-state area and San Francisco, and charges $125 per hour for private consultations; $35 per hour for group classes; and $500+ for a customized personal package including three in-home consults, a pregnancy plan, two fitness consults and one month of unlimited emails.
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