Post # 1
I’m seriously considering hiring a baby concierge to select and obtain all of the baby items I will need but have not gotten already, baby proof our house and find us some appropriate baby care classes and services (lactation consultants, etc.) and put together a meal delivery service post delivery. Has anyone used a service like this or know anyone who has? It looks like there are many services like this in most major US cities and I’m curious if you think it was worth the money. Thanks!
Post # 3
I’m curious too. I really was considering doing this as a business myself.
Post # 4
I dont know anyone who had used it but wouldnt be worth it for me personally. For me, selecting baby stuff is quite exciting and i wouldnt want to hand it off to anyone else
Also now that we are in the age of google, finding services etc can be done from bed with a few finger taps. I imagine itd be quite expensive?
Post # 5
I would think preparing for your baby, or nesting, would be part of the process you’d want to experience.
I haven never heard of these offerings. Someone to prepare meals post delivery would be the only thing I think would be beneficial,e specially if your Darling Husband doesn’t cook and you have no one else. For that, I would think you could bring in a chef or something.
Post # 6
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Post # 7
I wouldn’t bother. You can order food easily enough (to your liking, depending on what you are in the mood for at any given time), and find an LC who will travel to your home with Google. As for baby supplies, everyone has a different opinion of what you need or don’t need, and you surely don’t need EVERYTHING as soon as baby is born (I stupidly registered for a potty, which will now be sitting at the top of my closet for the next 2 years). If you live in a big city, Diapers.com will deliver pretty much anything to you next day shipping. And baby-proofing – you don’t have to worry until baby is mobile – 6 months the earliest. I think a better investment would be help from a cleaning lady so you don’t have to worry about household chores.
Post # 8
Wow. This board is getting meaner by the day.
I don’t have the money for something like this, and I don’t live in an area where it would be available but if you think it is something you would benefit from then go for it.
From your post all of the things you are getting assistance with are not baby related presumably so that you have more time to actually spend WITH your baby. I don’t see how that is a bad thing or that you are somehow not participating in parenting. I hate shopping and if someone would do the shopping for me and the resarch to make sure that I was getting the best class available and the items I really need, then why wouldn’t I pay for that service if I could afford it and it was available.
If it’s a matter of one or the other though, I second KitKat’s advice and would hire a cleaning service and perhaps set up a meal service as I think those things are things you might really appreciate. The other stuff can be done online.
Post # 9
I would hire someone in a heartbeat.
Here’s the general rule on the “should I hire/buy ___?” It’s your money spend it on whatever you want. If I wanted to hire someone to wipe my azz it’s my business.
Post # 11
Not every future mom gets their womanly kicks researching the difference between 50 different carseats or selecting corner protectors for coffee tables.
If you want or need to hire some help for whatever you decide would be helpful, than you should do so – guilt free!
Enjoy and have fun!
Post # 12
@Foreverblonde345: wow I’m kind of shocked by how HATEFUL some of these comments are, one in particular really suprised me but anyway…
Honestly I’ve never heard of such a thing, but as others have said if you have the money and it’s worth the cost then go for it. It wouldn’t be for me, bc I enjoy doing those things…but I can completely see how some people would find it outrageously tedious and bothersome.
If it will help you enjoy your wonderful new baby more then who cares =]
Post # 13
I’ve never heard of such a thing!
For me it wouldn’t be worth the money to have someone pick out the items because I tend to be controlling and like to do it myself. I have had a very easy time looking into classes and stuff online so I don’t think I could pay someone to do something that took me 20 minutes. You can have anything delivered via Amazon or Diapers.com within a day or two.
I think it’d be nice to hire someone to baby proof your house but you don’t need that right away. I’m not going to sit at look at ugly edge protectors on my furniture for 6 months when the baby won’t even be able to crawl yet! I’d still probably do it myself because I don’t think it’d be that big of a job.
I’d rather pay for just cleaning service and meal delivery.
It’s really up to you if you think it would be worth it or not! Some people are busier than others. I have a lot of downtime at work so I have all the time in the world to do research. How much do they charge??
Post # 14
@Foreverblonde345: I think this is an interesting idea- I’ve never heard of it before! Disregard the mean comments- definitely uncalled for when you are just looking for opinions/advice.
Post # 15
Doesn’t make you less of a parent because you got help babyproofing or shopping for the last items on your baby-prep list. You aren’t required to find these experiences meaningful. Most of the time they’re just items on a to-do list. And if you can find and afford help with that, why not?
Post # 16
Oh, and for anyone who wants to organize friends to bring meals, our doula set one up for us using this site: http://www.mealtrain.com/