If you're in the mood to celebrate but want something besides sparkling apple cider, why not try mixing up a batch of your own alcohol-free champagne? This concoction is ideal for elegant baby showers or any festive occasion during pregnancy.
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup water
1 cup grapefruit juice
1/2 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons grenadine syrup
28 ounces chilled ginger ale (about 2 1/3 soda cans' worth)
Combine sugar and water in a saucepan over low heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Bring to boil and boil ten minutes. Cool. Add sugar syrup to grapefruit and orange juices. Chill thoroughly. Add grenadine and ginger ale just before serving. Makes about 1½ quarts.
Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri
The perfect drink for a hot summer day, a virgin daiquiri (strawberry or whatever fruit suits your fancy) is tangy and thirst-quenching. Plus, because it's fruit-flavored and blended, you're less likely to notice the missing alcohol. Go for fresh strawberries over frozen; the flavor will be much better.
1 ounce fresh lime juice
3 ounces frozen strawberries in syrup (or fresh, if available)
1 teaspoon sugar
Fill a blender with cracked ice. Add lime juice, strawberries, and sugar. Blend until smooth, then pour into a chilled glass. Garnish with an extra strawberry (if you have one) or an orange slice.
Another summer classic, the piña colada, is cool and refreshing. With its smoothie-like consistency, it can be gentler on a mom-to-be's stomach than other, more lively concoctions.
Of course, if citrus fruits — with their acidic qualities — have been playing havoc with your digestion, you may want something even milder. Although pineapple isn't technically part of the citrus family, its juice, like that of the orange, lime, or lemon, can be quite tart. For a sweeter, less tangy drink, use pineapple canned in syrup rather than its own juice.
2 ounces coconut milk
1½ ounces crushed pineapple
1 ounce pineapple juice
1/4 cup crushed ice
Brown sugar to taste (no more than one tablespoon)
Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth (about 30 seconds). Pour into chilled glass. Garnish with an orange slice, a pineapple wedge, or a maraschino cherry.
NYC Baby Classes: Listings (Call ahead to check availability)
Besides selling infant essentials—nursing bras, baby clothes and carriers—this Greenpoint spot serves hot tea and support to new parents. Mom groups, baby boot camps and developmental movement classes meet in the serene skylit studio in back, but as hormones surge and exhaustion sets in, mothers may appreciate Beyond the Big Push: Meditation Practices to Nourish the New Mom (Jan 22 2–4pm, $40). The two-hour workshop offers ways to relax, focus and even meditate during a hectic day. 272 Driggs Ave between Eckford and Leonard Sts, Greenpoint, Brookyn (347-460-2229, cariboubaby.com)
Leader Dan Rindler plays guitar and sings throughout these Feldenkrais-based sessions, in which parents learn how to boost their child’s budding motor skills and reluctant tummy-timers get comfortable on their bellies. Choose from three different groups: precrawlers (ages five weeks to five months), five months and up, and mobile crawlers and cruisers. At every level, the combination of soothing music and gentle touch induces squirmy tots to melt into cooing bundles of baby pleasure. Locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn (347-406-4464, childspacenyc.com). Ten classes $250–$300.
Little Hearts CPR
No sooner can babies raise their chubby little hands to their mouths than they are inhaling Cheerios and scaring the beejeebers out of parents. Luckily, the Infant CPR workshops at Little Hearts are held most weekdays, with weekend and Spanish classes, too. In two and a half hours, you’ll learn how to handle CPR, choking and basic baby safety. Little Hearts CPR, 688 Sixth Ave at 22nd St (212-691-5989, littleheartscpr.com). $75 per person.
You could pretty much raise your child from cradle to college at the 92nd Street Y’s Parenting Center. Lactation support groups, baby massage classes and weekly drop-in get-togethers discussing everything from infant massage to introducing solids are just some of the offerings that help new parents get with the program. 1395 Lexington Ave at 92nd St (212-415-5500, 92y.org)
RIE Parent-Infant Discussion and Observation
The West Coast parenting method Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) has been steadily gaining followers in NYC. Parents closely observe their baby, following the child’s lead as she plays and discovers the world at her own pace. Chelsea arts space Kids at Work hosts weekly sessions for both mobile and nonmobile infants. Kids at Work, 242 W 27th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-488-8800, kidsatworknyc.com). Winter classes start Jan 9. Eight classes $480–$560. For parents with babies 4 to 20 months.
Founded by two local lactation consultants, this Staten Island store and education center sells baby gear and offers lactation support. Classes include Breastfeeding 101 ($60) and What to Do Your First 24 Hours Home Alone ($60), which demystifies umbilical-cord care, bathing and other topics that strike fear into new parents. 322 New Dorp Ln at Clawson St, Staten Island (718-836-8637, tentoes.org).
The parenting group gives moms and dads ongoing support from newborn to the dreaded teenage years. In addition to infant-safety and breastfeeding-support sessions, you’ll find New Dads Boot Camp—which helps fathers navigate everything from burping to coparenting—and a Private In-Home Baby Care Class, where educators visit new parents at home to teach them the ins and outs of bathing, swaddling and diapering. Go to tribecaparenting.com for locations.
CREDIT 2012 TIME OUT KIDS