Phil McCarten/AP
Jeffrey Slonim
March 05, 2009 12:55 PM

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 Mabius, who stepped out with his wife 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.”

Mabius’s wife, interior designer Ivy Sherman says Williams always “wants to talk babies. She has great advice about being organic,” adds Sherman. “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. “We have a rock star OBGYN that we’ve shared with Ana [Ortiz],” says Mabius of his costar who is expecting her first child in July.

Chill Baby

Mabius and Sherman, who have a 2 ½-year-old son and a 2 ½-month-old son, say they have been lucky that their littlest one is relaxed.

“He’s extremely heavy,” says Sherman of newborn Rylan Jaxson. “He was born 10 lbs., 3 oz.. He’s a dream baby. He’s very chill. He just likes to sleep and eat.”

Mabius 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, [I hear] she’s doing the double football hold,” he said – then demonstrated tucking two imaginary babies one under each arm.

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