I often marvel at all of the resources available to new and expectant moms in New York City. Lucky NYC mommies can take an endless variety of pre and post-natal fitness classes ranging from Aquamom to Physique 57, they can visit specialty boutiques like Yummy Mummy for everything breastfeeding and Rosie Pope Maternity for the utlimate in chic maternity gear, they can consult sleep experts like Dream Team Baby, and they can even take classes on how to make their own baby food right in the comfort of their own home with rosaberry. I must say, though, the one thing NYC is lacking, is a Mommy Superstore (new business idea?)! I’m talking a one-stop “mama experience” – a place where moms can browse, test, and buy everything baby, get massages, join social groups, and take prep and educational classes all under one roof. Luckily, every once in a while, NYC mommies can experience all of this, even if just for an evening.
Last week, iKidNY, was fortunate enough to be a part of a terrific event called “Essential Products & Tips for New Moms” presented by babybites, an educational and social group for moms and moms-to-be. A long list of first-rate vendors showed off their products for hundreds of pregnant ladies wandering from booth to booth. There were representatives from The Bump, Destination Maternity, and Planet Kids, just to mention a few. I, personally, was especially pleased to find out about some newbies: MMMunch, Baby Bodyguards and Sugar Sweet Baby. Moms were able to get great discounts, find out about new products, enter raffles and leave with generous gift bags.
Now, all of this shopping makes a mama’s feet tired, so the evening was topped off with some sit down events. These included a short seminar on essential tips for new moms given by Pamela Weinberg, author of City Baby, and even a “mommy” comedienne.
Shopping, learning, socializing, and fun… Now that’s what I call a mommies’ night out.