Topping the list of mommy survival skills (along with snack rationing and boo-boo care): frequent and artful gift giving.
But when your best friend has a baby, suddenly the world’s greatest swaddle blankets just won’t do.
Take your quandary to ceramicist Susannah Tisue, whose painted porcelain cups, bowls, and dishes are just the thing to show you really care. Each baby-size piece showcases an enchanting illustration and is made from high-fire porcelain for excellent durability.
Ready-made options are available, but with a little lead time (four to six weeks), you can customize a set with your pick of animal, font, glaze color, and baby’s name or initials. All of which should ensure instant heirloom status.
Call it survival of the sweetest.
Available on Saturdays at the Brooklyn Flea, 176 Lafayette Avenue, between Clermont and Vanderbilt Avenues, Fort Greene; Sundays, 27 North 6th Street, at Kent Avenue, Williamsburg (brooklynflea.com), $30-$155. To order custom work, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: The French fashion house opens a two-story concept store stocking the entire kids’ clothing line plus sophisticated accessories.
Why: Ooh la la.
When: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 805 Madison Ave., at 68th St. (212-879-0900).
Museum Mile Festival
What: A free block party spanning nine museums, all offering free access during the fest.
Why: Live music and art-in-the-street activities for kids.
When: Tues., 6-9 p.m.
Where: Fifth Ave., b/t 82nd & 105th Sts.
What: Interactive musical theater experience that gets kids moving and shaking.
Why: They can’t sit still.
When: Thurs., 11 a.m.; Sat., 10 a.m., noon & 3 p.m.; Sun., noon & 3 p.m.
Where: Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 416 W. 42nd St., b/t Ninth & Tenth Aves. (212-279-4200). Tickets online at ticketcentral.com. Adults and children, $30 with code OHM04.
Photo: Courtesy of Susannah Tisue