- Jamie Grayson
New parenthood has two main challenges: figuring out the baby and coping with all of the baby’s stuff. Jamie Grayson focuses on the latter, helping parents select, acquire, and assemble all the necessary co-sleepers, car seats, bathing aids, and strollers without setting foot in a big-box baby store. Instead, Grayson, a former personal shopper at BuyBuyBaby and chief product reviewer at Strollertraffic .com, goes to clients’ apartments and helps them select products online that parents actually need (“yes” to the back-friendly Ergo infant carrier, “absolutely no” to the cute but unnecessary baby shoes). He’ll also set up and demonstrate how to use the products once they arrive—a service that’s even more essential when there’s a newborn vying for attention—and give referrals for lactation consultants, doulas, and prescreened nannies. Rates from $75 an hour or $350 a day. A consultation via e-mail is $100.
Best Baby Gear Guru
From the 2010 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).