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Outsourcing Baby Preparations: The Next Big Thing?

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Kate Tuttle: A story this month in a Montreal newspaper highlighted a growing trend (and newly invented profession) similar to that of the now-ubiquitous wedding planner: the so-called "baby planner" -- or, as some practitioners title themselves, the "baby concierge." Ooh la la!
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Baby planners will, for a fee, navigate the tricky waters of buying baby gear, assembling a baby wardrobe and figuring out your diaper situation. (If you use cloth, do you need a service? If you use disposables, what's your delivery method?) They'll even line up a lactation consultant and baby group!

It may sound silly, but some experts say they can understand why there's a market. "[Preparing for a baby] is really overwhelming, especially when consumer products are so bound up with moral, ethical, aesthetic and safety concerns all at the same time," Michelle Meagher, assistant professor of feminist cultural studies at the University of Alberta, said in the article. "A baby concierge is a logical response."

Think about it: When we were kids, our parents had very few choices when it came tostrollers, highchairs,car seats (I don't think there even were car seats when I was a baby!) and other baby gear. Those who wanted to breastfeed had to seek help from their own female relations or some trusty old books. This relative lack of options, far from feeling constraining, sounds fairly attractive now -- especially for those of us who live in neighborhoods where having the "wrong" stroller can instantly cut you out of the running for hanging with the cool moms.

I don't think this kind of service is for everyone. (Speaking for myself, I really enjoyed researching and shopping for my baby's gear and wardrobe.) But for new parents who literally have no idea where to start -- and those whose budget far outweighs their pre-maternity leave free time -- I can see the value. In fact, I just might consider going into the baby-planner business myself. What better job for the savvy-shopping stay-at-home mom?


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Starrywillows August 10, 2010, 10:14 AM

The fact that things are different now rather than when we were kids and the different products available can be overwhelming is true. As a mom to be though I want to be in the mommy mode and learn about the products with my spouse and share that special bonding rather than with a planner. Its got its pro’s and con’s though and I can see that, but even if we could afford it, we wouldn’t hire a baby planner.

Starrywillows August 10, 2010, 10:15 AM

The fact that things are different now rather than when we were kids and the different products available can be overwhelming is true. As a mom to be though I want to be in the mommy mode and learn about the products with my spouse and share that special bonding rather than with a planner. Its got its pro’s and con’s though and I can see that, but even if we could afford it, we wouldnt hire a baby planner.

jessica August 10, 2010, 5:07 PM

That’s why I started www.mommydontbuythat.com and I actually do help moms with their registries if they need it.

m August 16, 2010, 1:18 PM

Nonsense.

cheap thomas sabo charms December 20, 2010, 5:05 PM

Interesting point of view. Wondering what you think of it’s implication on society as a whole though? People obviously get frustrated when it begins to affect them locally. I’ll check back to see what you have to say.

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