When I asked my Mom’s Group facilitator — a woman whose own daughters were over 20 years old — how the conversation amongst rookie moms had changed in the 20 years that she’d been hosting support groups for new mothers, she told me that my generation talked a lot more about products.
Guilty as charged.
My mom friends and I were willing to buy anything that promised to make our lives easier — to make our babies sleep better, to make nursing more comfortable, to make having a baby as a constant sidekick a little less physically difficult. And the industry has exploded since then. There are so many products on the market aimed to make parenting a baby easier, and even more fun, for example, blankets that not only create darkness for a stroller nap, but look CUTE while they accomplish this feat.
Although I can run skeptical when it comes to super adorable burp cloths that cost twenty dollars, I am a sucker for much of the modern design on the market these days for baby gear. Plus, the services, like Stroller Spa (who will transform a stroller you nab from Craig’s List into one that’s pretty much brand new) and Urban Sitter (a resource for finding babysitters when you are clueless about who to call) are fun to learn about as well.
The Biggest Baby Shower, an event that occurs in big cities throughout the year, makes it easy — and fun — for expectant and new moms to learn about all the products and services available to them.
Tickets are sold to evening events with guest speakers and an expo-style event hall filled with vendors and goodies for sampling. Tickets start around $50 and go up to hundreds of dollars, but every level includes an increasing number of samples to take home. For example, a $125 ticket includes a gift bag, a 4Moms bounceroo, and a chance to win valuable prizes.
It’s like a birthday party for grown ups!
Next month, the show comes to San Francisco, and I will be there, interviewing my personal baby sleep guru, Dr. Harvey Karp, in one of the learning sessions.
Wanna come? Here’s a code good for any of the cities. ROOKIE for $15 off of a ticket. Buy tickets here >
About Big City Moms.
Based in New York City, Big City Moms offers new mom support groups, preschool education events, and The Biggest Baby Shower. (Read about my past experience at one.) The event hits NYC, SF, Dallas and LA.