Many mothers-to-be ask for nothing more than to be left alone so they can go from baby store to baby store or browse the internet to find answers to their baby questions. Still, some parents want to outsource this whole experience. This is where the baby planner comes in.
What exactly is a baby planner?
For most soon-to-be moms and dads the 9 months of pregnancy is a period full of questions. What about parental leave? Where can I find the perfect stroller? Should I opt for eco-friendly cloth diapers or disposable diapers? Epidural anesthesia or not? And what about the baby shower, nursery room and birth announcement? Luckily there is the baby planner to steer everything in the right direction. In the first place she is there to help you pick baby gear that fits your style and budget, but she can do a lot more: from making your home childproof and teaching you how to cook baby food to potty training. In the US baby planners quickly gain popularity because of the fact that there is no such thing as paid maternity leave, but according to many trend watchers the rest of the world will soon follow.
Who hires a baby planner?
Typically baby planners are hired by busy people who don’t have the time or energy to compare quality and prices of baby gear. Often they are insecure parents-to-be who are expecting their first child, can’t see the wood for the trees and are looking for help. There are also the couples undergoing an unexpected pregnancy or women who are confined to bed due to complications of pregnancy. Sometimes clients are people who – for whatever reason – have waited for a long time to have a first child and want to leave nothing to chance.
The first task of baby planners is to take care of practical matters. To come up with the right products and solutions for new parents they draw from personal experience, visit a lot of baby fairs and go through every baby product catalog available. A good baby planner spends a good amount of her time on research to keep up with the latest trends in baby world. The good thing is that you as a parent can decide which aspects of family preparation you want to outsource. This is perfect if, for example, you don’t want to bother about the baby shower catering but would still like to make your own invitations. Personal service at its best!
Of course it doesn’t stop with just practical matters. The baby planner is also your one-stop for emotional support during and after pregnancy. People are scared and ask themselves a lot of questions: Will I be a good parent? How will my life change? What if it goes wrong? etc. These questions are very natural and the baby planner will answer them honestly based on their knowledge and own experience. Parents-to-be are looking for a realistic depiction of pregnancy instead of the romanticized image presented by the media.
Becoming a parent
Baby planners are typical for this day and age where people want to be in control all the time and everything has to be perfect. Parents want to do things the right way and are looking for reliable information. A lot depends on the parents’ personality too. Some of them prefer to be extremely well prepared whereas others do the necessary and leave the rest for later. In general, a first child comes with a lot of uncertainty and young parents are pretty sensitive to the idea that there are certain things they need to have or have to do. If a baby planner is able to provide a little relief and take some of that uncertainty away, it is well worth considering. On the other side becoming a parent doesn’t happen overnight, so allow yourself the time it takes to become one.
For more information visit International Baby Planner Association.