Eric Mabius Discusses the 'Betty' Babies

03/05/2009 at 02:00 PM ET

The set of Ugly Betty is like one big playground! New dad Eric Mabius says the cast, many of whom have recently had or are expecting babies, all share advice about parenthood. They especially look to Vanessa Williams, who is like a den mother to the cast, for guidance.

“She has kids of many different ages,” says Eric, who stepped out with wife Ivy Sherman for the DKNYMen fragrance launch at the penthouse of the Rivington Hotel on Wednesday. “It’s nice to look up to a person who can balance family and career.”

Ivy, an interior designer, says Vanessa always “wants to talk babies. She has great advice about being organic. She has friends with different cool baby-related companies, one an organic baby [products] company called Green Baby.”

The couple have also swapped recommendations for doctors for the Betty babies. “We have a rock star OBGYN that we’ve shared with Ana [Ortiz],” says Eric of his co-star, who is expecting her first child — a daughter — in July. “He was referred by our OB in Santa Monica. We ended up in such amazing hands. Our baby turned out to be a high risk — Ivy pushed out a 10 lbs., 3 oz boy. Most hospitals in New York wouldn’t allow you to deliver a baby that size naturally, but he was totally up for it. She used no major drugs and there was no c-section!”

That chunky baby — Rylan Jaxson, born December 7th — has now just turned three months old, and joins big brother Maxfield Elliot, 2 ½. “[Rylan] is extremely heavy,” mom Ivy laughs. “He’s a dream baby. He’s very chill. He just likes to sleep and eat.”

Eric also gives a shout-out to recent mother of twins, Rebecca Romijn. “She had almost 13 pounds of baby,” he said. “That’s pretty amazing. We’ve seen photos. And for feeding, she’s doing the double football hold,” he said — then demonstrated tucking two imaginary babies one under each arm. Perhaps some jobs are best left to mom!

Source: PEOPLE, with CBB-exclusive quotes

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MZ on

A 10 lb baby is high risk? Maybe he meant it was a high risk delivery?

Brandi on

Didn’t Ivy have gestational diabetes? That was what I assumed he meant. Would explain the big baby. That’s quite the feat delivering that large an infant!

marlee on

My first was also 10 lbs. 3 oz. – but I ended up having a C-section after 37 hours of labor… He was so big, the doctors were amazed as he was being pulled out of me. My next three babies were smaller each time – 9.2, 7.10 and 7.3. I marvel at the fact that my first was 3 whole pounds bigger than my fourth at birth. No gestational diabetes for me.

VickiiMidwife on

Uh, 10# does not equal high risk, and it’s not that uncommon. We have 10 pounders at home all the time.

CelebBabyLover on

10lbs 3ozs? OUCH! The delivery couldn’t have been much fun for Ivy!

D on

Isn’t the lady who plays Christina preggers too? Or did she have her baby. I can’t remember!

Ruthella on

My first two babies were 9lb 9oz (both are skinny minnies now), and nothing was said at all! Even after the first one, no-one checked the potential size of the second or anything… I am in the UK, maybe it’s different here!

Congratulations to the family, they seem like great parents and very happy together 🙂

skunk nuggets on

Good for her! I haven’t had GD in the past, but I have had “big babies” that would scare a lot of drs off.

I VBAC’d a 10 lb 13 oz baby, at home (on purpose!), in Dec after being told my first child was “too big”. She has been my smallest one yet at only 9 lbs 6 ozs. My other VBAC was a hospital VBAC and he was 9 lbs 10 ozs. It’s sad that drs tell women they can’t birth vaginaly, but this is one situation when size doesn’t matter!