New TV show helps expecting Triangle families make way for baby

Any couple that has ever welcomed a baby into the family knows the mix of excitement and anxiety it can bring.

Now, a new show on public television is aiming to capture that feeling, while also helping parents get their homes ready for the new addition. And all of the families featured live in the Triangle.

“Baby Makes 3” helps young, expecting couples prepare for a child by creating a nursery and baby-friendly home environment that expresses the family’s unique personality, values and style.

The show begins airing Thursday at 10 p.m. on WUNC-TV.

The first season of the show will follow five Triangle couples over 10 episodes.

Lauren McKay, a designer with Design Lines Ltd., explained that it is about “telling a story, doing something meaningful for the parents and giving them a beautiful space.”

The show helped Anna and Joe Edney of North Raleigh craft a nursery in preparation for son, Henry, who’s now 13 months old.

“He’s just now really starting to love it,” said Joe Edney of the new room.

They wanted to create a nursery that reflected their love of the outdoors and blended with the rest of their modern-but-rustic home.

“When you’re having a child for the first time, the nursery inevitably reflects the parents’ wishes because they have hopes and dreams for what their child will be like,” McKay said.

The Edneys love camping, even taking Henry on a camping trip to Utah recently.

“We spend every weekend in the fall and spring camping outside, and we love bringing plants and nature-inspired elements indoors,” Anna Edney said.

The nursery, complete with a reclaimed wood wall found locally at Raleigh Reclaimed, log message boards and an indoor tent, is a natural haven within the home for little Henry.

The show also helps couples personalize their nursery with DIY projects and pieces. The Edneys spelled out the word “explore” in jump ropes on the wall of the nursery. The sign serves both as an inspiration to their newborn and a reminder of Anna and Joe’s history as former members of the Bouncing Bulldogs Rope Skipping Team.

Other families featured on the show create everything from elegant princess to celestial sky-themed nurseries.

Chip Howell, producer and creator of the show, said one couple created a time capsule safe in the wall of the nursery. Parents and grandparents put items inside and hid the safe behind a picture. He said members of the crew also were able to help a couple participate in an old Slovak tradition: burying plum brandy under a tree for their baby daughter to open at her own wedding one day.

“Every episode is very different,” McKay said.

The show is airing nationally to millions of public TV viewers. And next month, filming will begin for season two, with new local couples ready to prepare for their newborns.

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‘Baby Makes 3’

The show airs Thursday nights at 10 on WUNC-TV.