Baby Rave–Parents Welcome

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By Shana Liebman

On April 27, the first-ever Brooklyn BabyFest Expo will debut at Middle School 126 (424 Leonard Street) in Williamsburg. The one-day event, which showcases local support and educational resources for parents of prenatals to preschoolers, is the brainchild of Jessica Glorieux, founder of parenting consulting firm Motherburg. “My business puts me in touch with so many wonderful vendors, service providers, and people who help parents in their journey, and I wanted to get them all together in one place.”

The April 27 expo will feature over 20 experts including “baby-wearing” demos by Caribou Baby and a unique “All About Dads” seminar. There’s also a Q&A for first-time homebuyers with local real estate attorneys and brokers, and Joyce Szuflita of NYC School Help will discuss Brooklyn’s preschool options. Filmmaker Abby Epstein, who directed “The Business of Being Born” and runs My Best Birth, will be the keynote speaker.

But it won’t be all talk. Hero Company (a new venture by the owners ofAnella, Calyer and Saint Vitus) will cater the event with ice cream by LIC’s Malu. Attendees can sip cocktails (or mocktails) while watching performance by Puppetsburg. Even Tribeca Pediatrics is bringing along a clown. The most exciting five minutes of the event however might be the Diaper Derby, sponsored by Brooklyn Based and hosted by local dad and comedian Dave Hill. Get your tickets now.

Tickets are available now for pre-purchase online:
$15/per person ($25 at the door)
$25/per family ($40 at the door)
$45/VIP tickets per person ($60 at the door if available)
*VIP includes express entrance + reserved seating at all talks + goodie bag + special raffle prize drawings

Brooklynbabyfest2013.eventbrite.com

BABYFEST SCHEDULE: (click on schedule for larger image)
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FULL LIST OF VENDORS EXHIBITING AT BABYFEST:

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ABC Infant & Toddler Center- ABC Child Center is a fully licensed daycare/preschool program for children ages 6 months – 6 years in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Our program allows you to pick and choose the days your child is to attend on a weekly basis.

Active Labor Gown- A beautiful labor and delivery gown made of revolutionary performance fabric, uniquely designed to maintain privacy and dignity, keeping women comfortable, centered and in control for the most important workout of their life!

Allstate - Matthew Mullen is an Allstate agent in Greenpoint. He offers a broad range of financial solutions, I can offer my knowledge to help you achieve your financial goals. That includes planning for your child’s education or planning your retirement.

Amanda Greavette - Amanda Greavette is a painter based in Ontario, Canada. Her paintings from the series, “The Birth Project,” are life-sized, breathtaking, and emotionally powerful. Beautiful work of women in labor, birth, and postpartum, displayed with expressions of strength and achievement.

Arbonne - Carlye Hirsch-Wolf is an Independent Consultant with Arbonne, a 33 year old Swiss company that creates personal care and wellness products that preserve and enhance the skin, body and mind for an integrative approach to beauty.

Baby Bodyguards - Baby Bodyguards is a professional baby proofing service based in New York City. We provide home safety consultations , stair gate and safety product installations as well as car seat installation classes and Infant/Child CPR classes in New York City and its surrounding areas.

Baby Bootcamp- Baby Bootcamp instructor Jody Camarra combines her knowledge of group fitness and exercise science, a pre and post natal concentration, and the joys of being a mom into her classes. She understands the struggle moms have with trying to get and stay fit while being able to spend quality bonding time with their new baby.

Barefoot Books - Barefoot Books creates carefully crafted children’s books, children’s CDs and children’s gifts that spark imagination, exploration, and creativity.

Belle & Beanzer - Belle & Beanzer designs a line of baby clothes to strengthen the connection between parent and child through smart design. Made of the softest cotton for comfort, lasting quality, and snuggling and inspired colors and artwork to literally wrap our babies in our love.

Bird River Studios - Bird River Studios in Williamsburg, Brooklyn offers art, craft media, knitting and sewing, theater and acting, playwrighting, creative writing classes for children & adults.

Bizu Brooklyn - Bizu Brooklyn is a high-end consignment site for maternity and children’s clothing, where you can find that one of a kind piece, and be able to buy some of the most desired brands without the expensive price tags.

Blue School - Blue School is an independent progressive school in lower Manhattan. The program is where creativity is cherished and encouraged and where children fall in love with the joy of learning. The program runs from 2′s to 5th grade.

Bright Beige - Bright Beige is a design and screen printing studio based in Brooklyn, New York. We make every effort to only use earth-friendly, sustainable, or re-purposed materials in the shop.

Caribou Baby - Caribou Baby is an eco-friendly maternity, baby and lifestyle store in Greenpoint – Williamsburg, Brooklyn offering products and classes for pregnancy, birth preparation and parenting.

Carpingo - Carpingo is New York City’s hometown Car Share, with compact, midsize, SUVs, sedans and even cargo vans carveniently parked at a garage or lot near where New Yorkers work, play and sleep. Currently serving Brooklyn and Queens with over 20 locations! Gas, basic insurance and mileage are always included with each rental.

Carriage House Birth - Carriage House Birth offers birth doulas, postpartum doulas, body workers and placenta encapsulationists. Their space in Williamsburg Brooklyn offers classes and workshops in birth education, breastfeeding support, yoga & pilates.

Celine Dolls - One of a kind dolls handmade with love in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. Brimming with personality, they bring smiles to both children and adults, inspiring us to dream, travel, create – shine.

Childs Space NYC - Child’Space NYC is a unique, joyful program for babies and their parents or caregivers. The program fosters new connections between parent and child through touch, through teaching parents hands-on techniques to support their babies’ development.  All classes are taught by Dan Rindler Guild Certified Feldenkrais practitioner and Child’Space Practitioner.

Citibank - Citibank offers a full range of checking and savings accounts as well as mortgages and college savings plans.

Cleaning Brooklyn - Cleaning Brooklyn is just a phone call away. They have the best staff in Brooklyn. Staff members are professional, reliable and hard working. We have a range of services to fit everyone’s lifestyle and budget includes home & office cleaning, laundry services, ironing services & commercial cleaning.

Coney Island Baby - Coney Island Baby is a team of artists, designers, writers, and scholars striving to provide families a cultural experience through educational clothing and an interactive website. Our designs feature original artwork inspired by timeless wisdom, and our online platform invites further consideration and discussion of those ideas.

Cultural Care Au Pair - For over 20 years, Cultural Care Au Pair has helped American parents secure flexible, affordable, live-in childcare. We have placed over 90,000 screened and trained au pairs from all over the world to live with families and provide childcare for up to two years.

Cute Attack! Kids - Cute Attack! is the newest boutique for all things young, sweet and hip in Williamsburg. We offer a curated collection of Brooklyn-chic and organic clothing for infants – toddler 5yrs as well as a fantastic variety of toys and trinkets for hip mamas and cuties of every age.

DenArt - DenArt creates a forever lasting bond between you and baby during this special time in your life with our body painting experience for expecting moms in their seventh or eighth month of pregnancy.All our paints are water-based to protect you and baby from any chemical harm.

Diaper Kind - Diaperkind cloth diaper service for New York City. They provide you with a weekly supply of 100% organic cotton diapers that they launder using an EPA-certified plant-derived detergent.

Eco-Bonk - Eco-Bonk is a gentle alternative to rough-and-tumble playtime with fun-loving creatures that are not only specially designed, but also destined to “bounce back”. Eco-Bonk is developed, manufactured and assembled in the USA.

Edward Jones - Timothy Mullins is a financial advisor in Greenpoint Brooklyn. He makes every effort to build one-on-one relationships with clients, offering personalized attention and financial guidance.

Family Tree Gallery - Sarah Fantuzzo is a figurative painter based in Manhatan’s Upper West Side. She earned her MFA from the New York Academy of Art where she pursued her love of the portrait and of depicting the human form.

Fastrackids - FasTracKids offers early learning programs for children from 6 months up to 8 years. Your child will enjoy interactive programs that develop key school and life readiness skills such as critical thinking, creativity, confidence, communication and collaboration. Using innovative technology, your child is actively engaged in his or her own unique learning process.

Frolic Playspace - Frolic! is a 5,000 sq ft children’s indoor play space and enrichment center located on the waterfront in Williamsburg, Brooklyn – membership-based playground, classes, birthday parties, music lessons, coffee lounge, boutique and events, Frolic! is the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll play space for the urban “under six” crowd and their parents.

GoGo Babies - GoGo Babies is an interactive joyful class for baby and parent/caregiver utilizing song, dance, yoga, play, massage, and breath work with a variety of stimulating props, instruments, and activities. GoGo Babies classes are designed with the development of babies and their particular needs in mind.

Green Mountain Energy - Green Mountain was founded with the mission to change the way power is made.  From electricity products made using clean, renewable sources like wind to carbon offset products that help neutralize carbon emissions, every single product offered by our company has an environmental benefit.

Hosh Kids - Hosh Kids is a program of Hosh Yoga Inc. for parents, schools and children communities across the New York area. We are committed to providing the most accessible and affordable classes in health, wellness and movement for children.

Kalulu Kids - Kalulu stands out from the crowd thanks to the unconventional color combinations and distinctive border prints of the kikoy fabric from which it is made. From school to parties to family gatherings, the styling provides a sophisticated look without compromising your child’s ability to play, roam and have fun.

Khaki Bedford Photography - Khaki Bedford is a Greenpoint based Children’s and Event Photographer, who loves capturing local families in their natural environment with candid, light infused photography.  She also offers Photo Booths for events and will be setting up a family fun Photo Booth at BabyFest!  Be sure to stop by to have your family portrait taken. Prints will be available for purchase on site.

Kindling Quarterly - Kindling Quarterly is Brooklyn-based magazine for men interested in creativity, community and parenting. The quarterly explores fatherhood through essays, interviews, editorials, art, and photography.

Lalaalu - The Coolest Kid Stuff, Delivered Monthly to Your Door ’Man’. As city parents, it’s tough to find the time (or the energy) to hunt down all the cool kid stuff that’s out there…and what’s truly worthy of a place in our (already jam-packed) apartments. That’s why we created the LaLaaLu.

Lango Kids NYC - Lango offers dynamic and engaging Spanish, French and Mandarin classes and summer camps to kids. Our classes teach children a new language in an immersion-based setting using songs, stories, games, dance — even yoga to engage children in their new language.

Little Duck Organics - Little Duck Organics makes no-sugar-added freeze-dried fruit snacks using the most nutritious natural ingredients out there. All of our ingredients come from certified organic U.S. farms, and our products are certified Kosher and gluten free. And because we want every baby to be as happy and healthy as they can be.

Malu Ice Cream - Malu makes the best homemade ice cream and chocolate treats. They use the best quality ingredients available (from local vendors when in season) in order to satisfy every sweet tooth in NYC.

Metro Tots - MetroTOTS makes the ‘Stroll-Away’ over the door storage system for most brands or models of foldable strollers. Made of durable steel and adjustable to 9 different positions, it is the first and only storage solution for bulky strollers.

Mind Body Fitness NYC - Mind Body Fitness NYC provides superior private yoga and personal fitness training services to clients in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Our mind-body approach to exercise makes living a healthy lifestyle fun, simple, and obtainable.

Mom Kneads - Mom’s Kneads is the Brooklyn-based, private practice of Bethany Nevin, NY State Licensed Massage Therapist, DONA-trained Birth Doula and Infant Massage Instructor. Knowing that everyone has different needs, she tailors her services to fit the specific concerns of each client.

Mother Brooklyn - Mother Brooklyn offers personalized services to help you prepare for your baby’s arrival. From research to helping you choose and buy baby items, refer you to classes and medical providers, and more. Whatever your needs may be, just ask Mother Brooklyn for assistance.

My Best Birth - My Best Birth is Ricki Lake’s community for people to share experiences and options about pregnancy, natural birth and holistic parenting.

Nourish by Chef Karolina - As a a chef, mom, health coach, and blogger Karolina works to help women and families establish a healthy way of living by filling their bellies with delicious healthy meals and supporting them in their goals with personal coaching.

NY Kids Club - NY Kids Club is New York’s premier children enrichment center renowned for an exemplary preschool program and creative and innovative kids classes, day camps, birthday celebrations, and special events!

NY Metro Parents- NY Metro Parents is the largest publisher of regional parenting content on the East Coast. The paper and online site help New York City parents find family-related businesses and services and to locate any story from the archives

NYC Dads Group - NYC Dads Group is a diverse community of over 700 members created to give fathers an opportunity to socialize and support each other as we navigate parenthood. They meet at various venues around the city including museums, parks, zoos, indoor play-areas, parent-and-me classes, etc. They also organize evening events for dads to socialize, learn from each other, and meet with journalists, authors, and other experts related to fatherhood and parenting.

NYC School Help - NYC School Help helps Brooklyn families with the school search, public and private, nursery school through high school. If you are thinking of relocating to Brooklyn I can give you insight and information on appropriate neighborhood schools and the parenting culture of Brooklyn.

Parents League of NY - The Parents League of New York is a not-for-profit membership organization of Independent Schools and families. The Parents League is affiliated with 300 independent schools, including New York City preschools, K-12 day schools and boarding schools.

Pediatric Associates of NYC - Pediatric Associates of NYC strives to provide the highest quality compassionate, comprehensive medical care for children, from infancy through adolescence.  Affiliated with NYU School of Medicine, the group has offices in Manhattan & Brooklyn.

Petit Organics - Petit Organics uses 100% organic, fresh ingredients for their baby food. All handmade in small batches and packaged less than 24 hours before it’s delivered to your door. They deliver all over Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Photosanity - Alethea is a family photographer & photography coach. She is on a mission to help parents more fully experience the precious fleeting moments of their children’s lives through photography.

PLAY - PLAY is an early-childhood education center and indoor playspace located on the corner of Williamsburg & Greenpoint. PLAY provides an ideal environment for children (newborn through age five) to discover and develop, cut loose and create, all in a facility committed to safety, cleanliness, innovation, and imagination.

Red Anchor Photo - Sarina Cass is a wedding, children’s and portrait photographer. At the end of the day she likes to give you exactly what you want: A representation of your love, whatever form that takes, as you see it. I come in joy and honored to be part of that which you wish captured.

Seamless - Seamless is the best way to order food for delivery and pickup. The nation’s largest online and mobile food ordering company and has made ordering food fun and easy. On Seamless you can browse menus, view ratings, read reviews, and discover great new food delivery restaurants in your neighborhood.

Shine NYC - Shine is for families of all make-ups to learn, play and party. Our goal is simple: to unlock individuality and potential through exploration, creativity and acceptance. Based in traditional teaching philosophies, but with a modern understanding of today’s urban child, we believe in inspiring both children and families through experience and community.

ShutterCal - ShutterCal is a calendar based daily photo journalling community build by four friends, to be enjoyed by the world. The concept is simple: We give you a calendar, link you to the site’s community, and encourage you to document your life with one daily photo. The image and subject matter are up to you, but the idea is clear — documenting one image each day will leave you with an impressive visual history of your life.

Strategies for Wealth - Strategies for Wealth has boldly risen to transform the conversation around money and planning. We invite both our advisors and our clientele to view the world from a vantage point of possibility, not limitation. Our steadfastness to this ideal has evolved the Strategies for Wealth family into a well established, successful and highly respected firm in the financial services industry.

Sweet Bum Bum - Sweet Bum Bum provides quality products for babies such as natural and organic lotions, powders, oil, laundry detergent, and more.

Teeny Tiny Foodie - teeny tiny foodie introduces you to recipes created along the way for my toddler and the rest of the family, the tips and tricks I’ve learned throughout this adventure and stories about my experiences cooking for and feeding a toddler.

The Boyhood Project - Kristian Orozco is a parenting strategist specializing in emotional intelligence. He is also facilitator of Positive Discipline, the renowned parenting method.

The Therapy Corner of Brooklyn - The Therapy Corner of Brooklyn is a multi-disciplinary private practice offering speech-language, physical, and occupational therapy services to children with special needs from birth through school-age.

Tribeca Parenting - Tribeca Parenting is an educational resource for new parents directed by Erica Lyon, renowned childbirth educator and author of The Big Birth Book.

Tribeca Pediatrics - Trusted by New York parents for over twenty years Tribeca Pediatrics is your local pediatrician. With 9 locations all over Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey, they provide a large pediatric network made of small and personable satellite offices.

Viacord - Viacord provides the highest quality, umbilical cord blood stem cell collections for families, and has been involved in cutting edge research to find new stem cell therapies for diseases like cancer, juvenile diabetes, and heart disease. Their mission is to provide the highest quality stem cell preservation service and care to our patients, families, and their physicians.

weeSpring - Expectant parents read the blogs, and the books, and we downloaded the checklists from all of the retailers but at the end of the day, all we cared about was what our friends had already figured out. Not “experts,” not salespeople, not anonymous internet raters. Just our friends.
weeSpring is: advice from your friends on essential baby products.

Williamsburg Movement and Arts Center (WMAAC) – WMAAC is classes for all levels & ages, from infants to adults, we teach engaging dance, circus, theater, voice and fitness classes that develop the body, mind and spirit.

Zeel.com - Zeel is a revolutionary way to book same-day, in-home massages with the best licensed massage therapists in New York City online and via their app. PLUS they’ll be providing massages at the event!