Expert Tips: Preparing for Baby.

by Melissa Gould & Ellie Miller



Another day at work. You’re sitting at your computer finishing a report but instead of checking your facts online, you’re perusing your favorite baby sites. The work that should have taken five minutes has been put on hold. There’s a stroller sale on one site, a diaper debate on another and suddenly everyone in the conference room is wondering why you’re late, again. What pregnant, working woman hasn’t lived some variation of this same story?

When we were pregnant, juggling our hectic work schedules with doctor appointments and baby prep, took its toll. We weren’t managing our time so much as managing to drive ourselves, and our husbands, crazy.

So for all of you out there with bulging bellies and demanding jobs, here’s The Baby Planners “Wish List” that we hope will make your pregnancy experience a little more enjoyable:



We Wish We Would Have:

Paced Ourselves. Waiting until the third trimester to paint the nursery, find a pediatrician, and re-organize the garage was probably not the best idea.



Realized That We Didn’t Need To Buy Everything At Once. Six hours in a baby super store with swollen feet and the need to pee every five minutes could have been prevented. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was the perfect nursery!



Known That We Could Have Registered At More Than One Baby Store. Why limit yourself when there are so many fabulous products out there? Basics are one thing (stroller, crib, high chair) but we say take your time. Enjoy the boutiques, cruise the internet, there are some great finds out there and why not give yourself (and your friends and family) some options.



Taken people up on their offers to help. “Yes, you can pick up breakfast for me on your way in to the office.” “Yes, you can pet-sit my cat/dog/fish so my partner and I can get away for a weekend before baby comes.” “Yes, you can organize my garage, thank you very much.” (see how helpful that one would have been!)



Cooked meals ahead of time. Once baby arrives, all meal planning is thrown out the window. A lasagna in the freezer would have been delicious – even for breakfast.


When you're preg and nesting, you freak out and think you have to do everything. But seriously, you don't need to babyproof the house right away. A newborn is not going to be crawling around poking their fingers into outlets. I wish I would've kept it simple. AND, known what I need to buy new and what I can garage sale/hand-me-down, etc. Those plastic contraptions/excersaucers, etc.... you don't need to pay a fortune to have 'new' ones. And keep it simple with your layette, too. But don't sacrifice high quality and newborn details (and style!): check out


The Baby Planners are the BEST just gave them to my friend as a shower gift and she was THRILLED .... it was the best $75 I have ever spent!

Melissa Moog

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