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For all new(er) NYC Moms and Moms-to-Be, this is the event that cannot be missed.  On Wednesday, April 14th at the Park East Ballroom, Big City Moms will host the event of the season, which is held twice a year.  It is called The Biggest Baby Shower and it is worth every penny you will spend and every minute you will be walking around.  I attended in the fall of 2009 and I can’t even begin to describe.  Oh wait, yes I can.  Check out my blog post: https://uwsmom.wordpress.com/2009/10/08/biggest-baby-shower-big-city-moms/

I am so disappointed that I will be missing this event.  Please comment if you do attend and let me know what you take home.

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Check out Big City Moms even – Secrets in the City For New Moms: http://bigcitymoms.com/upcoming_03022010lunch.php

This looks like a great event and a must for all new moms in the city.  Any Big City Moms events is a “can’t miss” event.  I am sure that this one won’t disappoint either.

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Cub by NettoLast night I received a call from Planet Kids telling me that I have won the grandest of all grand prizes.  Now, I had entered a contest while we were there for their anniversary celebration to purchase a Skip Hop Via Messenger diaper bag and also a cup holder for our stroller.  I always enter contests because you just never know!!  Well, we ended up winning a crib and dresser set from the Netto Collection.  It is the the Cub and it is quite impressive.  We already have our crib, dresser and changing table set up in the nursery.  My parents purchased the pieces for us a month or so ago.  However, they will benefit from this contest win as they are the lucky recipients of the crib and dresser set.  Baby J has already won numerous things:  Maclaren Quest stroller, tickets to various events through Big City Moms, Cybex 2.go soft baby carrier, Netto Cub crib and dresser.  I wonder if I should play the lottery and if Baby J will help me win it big!!

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I am not going to be able to attend due to the arrival of Hunter.  However, this event looks to be fun and I will be sure to attend next year.  Big City Moms is having a Holiday Fun Fest for the whole family on Sunday, November 22nd at the Sports Club/LA.  Please be sure to comment if you do attend.  Big City Moms provides quality events and has never disappointed me.

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If you have kids or are expecting a child then you should head over to Planet Kids this weekend for their anniversary celebration.  They have 2 locations – one on the UES and the UWS.  Their staff is very helpful and it looks to be a lot of fun.  They will have representatives from various vendors, giveaways, raffles, promotions and refreshments.  Let me know if you do check it out, comments are always welcome.

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Graco Snugride 32We are not even parents (technically) yet and so many of our ideas of what we want have changed.  I had done extensive research into baby gear, clothing, blankets, etc.  I had decided (since UWS Dad is not into details) that we would not purchase an infant car seat rather just a convertible one.  This would eliminate the need to purchase another car seat later on and would save us money in the long run.  Well, we attended the Biggest Baby Shower and spoke to a representative with Britax, the manufacturer of the convertible car seat I wanted to purchase.  This person advised us that though convertible car seats are technically for babies starting at 5 lbs, there is always a chance that the baby will be too small for the car seat.  This means that the hospital will not release your baby to you.  Rather than worry about this, we have decided to purchase an infant car seat.  The car seat we decided on has a few perks to it.  It accomodates a baby up to 32 lbs, it costs less $$ than the convertible ($149.99 vs. $309.99) and it takes up less room in our apartment.  So, last night in the pouring rain, we trekked out to Babies r Us  in Union Square and purchased the Graco Snugride 32 in Lemon Grass.  It looks like it will be a safe, reliable car seat for Hunter.  Now, we just have to figure out how the darned thing works.

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Big City Moms Biggest Baby Showe

Big City Moms Biggest Baby Showe

On Tuesday, October 6th, I attended the Biggest Baby Shower hosted by Big City Moms.  It was awesome to say the least.  They had vendors that served all needs from car seats and strollers to photographers and bakers.  Kelly Rutherford, from Gossip Girl, spoke at the event on behalf of Bugaboo.  They had a bingo game in which you had vendors sign your bingo card as you visited them.  At the end of the night, you turned in your bingo card and got a raffle prize.  Now, don’t be mistaken about the raffle prizes.  They were not bottles and bibs only.  I actually don’t know if those were prizes but they were much better than that. 

phil and ted travel cotWe won a Phil and Ted’s travel cot.  It weighs less than our baby will weigh when born.  And it folds into a nice compact bag.  I guess Hunter will get to travel earlier than we planned.

We also won a maternity photo shoot with Leshem Loft, which I will need to use soon.  Being that I am in my 9th month, time is of the essence.  I had never thought about having a maternity shoot but it is exciting to think about doing.  It will be a great way to memorialize my first pregnancy.

Back to the prizes though.  Some people won strollers from Orbit and Phil and Ted’s.  Some won a car seat.  This was no joke of a baby shower, trust me.  For anyone who is pregnant at this time next year, it is worth every penny to attend this event.  Warning – have your husband or someone very strong on call to carry the gift bag for you at the end of the night.  Oh yes, I forgot the mention the gift bags, which are in addition to the raffle prizes.  100 lucky people (i.e. people willing to spend more $$) were able to enter the baby shower an hour early.  They also got the mother of all gift bags with that additional money.  I am going to leave something out but will highlight some great gifts in the bag.  We got a pair of Robeez shoes, a Bugaboo microfleece blanket, toys from Cloud B, bib from American Terry, photo frames and so many other things I cannot remember them all. 

I did have one issue with some of the other mothers-to-be there.  My husband, Tom aka UWS Dad, and I both attended and had super passes.  Therefore we each got a mega gift bag.  I saw that both our bags had girl shoes in them.  I could have asked for a bag with boy shoes but is that being grateful for the bag itself?  I heard so many women complaining in the middle of American Girl Place that they had things they could not use.  THESE ITEMS WERE FREE and one should not complain.  I guess I am not a diva and did not put up a tantrum about it.  I overheard one woman tell another that she insisted that they give her a bag with shoes for a boy.  I plan on giving one pair of my girl shoes to a friend or charity.  I plan on keeping one pair in hopes of having a girl with my next pregnancy 🙂

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