I’ve been to my share of baby expos in the past year. Rattled just knocked the others out of the park! The Rattled Expo was held on 8/24/2014 in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Their spin was that it was a cooler, hipper, indie baby fair. My son Henry and I left our isle of Manhattan to venture into hipster territory and we were so glad we did!
First, the venue was perfect. The Warsaw is a music venue/bar in Greenpoint. It’s nothing fancy–but has old world Polish charm. Tucked away in a back corner, was The Warsaw Bistro, where a lady that is spitting image of my Aunt Linda served up heaps of pierogies, kielbasa, and sauerkraut on paper plates. A far cry from the expensive attempts at gourmet sandwiches at the last expo I attended, this food was amazing. While Henry and I sat eating, an acoustic sing-along by the Bilingual Birdies began. Henry ran off and participated in their Spanish-learning songs with glee while I watched and continued to stuff my face. We’ve attended a Bilingual Birdies class at the Epiphany Branch of the NY Public Library a few times. These guys really know how to get the kids on their feet!
Brooklyn Balloon Company‘s face painters turned Henry into Batman for the day and Basis Independent Brooklyn helped him make a tissue paper flower. We sampled snacks from Happy Family Organic Superfoods and Good Eggs.
Each vendor’s wares were cuter than the next. My absolute favorite hands-down was Paper Kite, a hand-picked selection of real vintage kids clothing that won’t break the bank. Chelsea and Marbles makes crochet baby toys and a very cool NYC-themed taxi mobile. My Brooklyn Baby had Manny and Simon wooden toys of all shapes and sizes, including a working movable robot. Little Knitty Things had a ton of gorgeous.. knitty things, including pom-pom garlands that I will snag if we ever get a second nursery going. Home Grown Books had boxed sets of artist designed books for begining readers.
But the most creative award goes to Brooklyn Bambini, a husband and wife team who create beautiful heirloom quality birth gifts and labor talismans. What’s a labor talisman? A smooth figure made of silver or bronze in the shape of a perfect baby that a mama can hold onto during labor, to ease delivery by focusing a mother’s attention.
Part of what made the Rattled Expo awesome was it’s size. It was much smaller than most baby expos I’ve attended and therefore manageable, with just the right amount of fun for the kids to allow Mama to look around. I hope they do it again next year. I am so there!