Baby Planners: The Experts on Everything Birth to Baby

by Barefoot & Pregnant

Baby Planners: The Experts on Everything Birth to Baby

Choosing to have a child is one of the most important decisions that any family can make, but the choices don’t end there. Expectant families are surrounded by hundreds of decisions. From births to bottles, nurseries to nannies, the options seem endless. Baby planners help you to find the plan that’s best for your family. Whether providing services for expectant or new parents, adoptive families, friends and family of a new arrival, or people trying to start a family, a baby planner can find the information, services, products, and professionals you need.


Baby planners support and educate you throughout pregnancy, birth, and new parenthood. Think of having your own personal baby-planning assistant to provide you with a list of prenatal birthing classes, exercise classes, or pampering pregnancy massage services. Baby planners maintain a database of well-respected professionals from your local area that will allow you to make an educated selection when choosing the right professional for your family. If you’re trying to choose cribs or car seats, a baby planner can walk you through the options, then set up your baby registry with all the gear you’ll need. To celebrate your new arrival, a baby planner can help arrange your shower.


What do you do when you bring that little newborn home? Baby Planners can put you in touch with the best lactation consultants, night nurses and postpartum doulas available in your area. They can put you in touch with services that can support your entire family once baby has been born. Are your friends and family checking their emails or mailboxes daily for your baby’s birth announcement? Can you barely find the time to take a shower, much less find the time to send out birth announcements? Baby Planners can save you time and money by assisting you with creating the announcement or handle the entire process for you!


Baby planning services don’t end there. If you are going back to work, selecting a child-care provider can be a source of great stress and anxiety. Whether you choose a nanny, a commercial day-care center, or in-home day care for your child, you will have to decide which is best for your family. This is an important decision, and relying upon the expertise of a baby planner can result in significant savings in both time and money for your family. Baby planners have carefully researched their local area and maintain lists of reputable child-care providers for you to select from.


If you are pregnant, have a new baby at home, or have a baby on the move, cleaning with all-natural products is a must. By relying on environmentally friendly cleaning products, you will avoid the ingestion of toxic fumes by both you and your family. Baby planners can recommend the best organic cleaning products, all-natural cleaning services, or a nontoxic nursery environment to ensure a safe environment for your family.


How does a baby planner know so much?
Baby planners are accredited by the International Academy of Baby Planner Professionals. The rigorous certification course tests planners on their knowledge and expertise in the field, including fertility, birthing options and preparation, going green, sleep, breastfeeding, child safety, child care, fitness, nutrition, postpartum care, product knowledge, business, marketing, sales, liability and more. Baby planners stay informed of the most recent research on development, health, and safety, including product recalls. Their goal is to support and educate parents and parents-to-be. Baby planners’ goal is always to guide and empower families. The final decision is always the client’s!


Where do I find a baby planner?
The International Academy of Baby Planner Professionals (www.iabpp.com) hosts a directory of certified baby planners in your area. Each baby planner brings his or her own prior knowledge and area of expertise, with backgrounds including health, nutrition, fitness, yoga, or experience as a birth or postpartum doula, lactation consultant, or event planner. That diversity of experience is what makes each baby planner unique, a professional with the skills and knowledge you need.


By Emily Schaffer, PCD, CLE, CBP for Barefoot & Pregnant