Hi Readers — Here you go, the next new profession: Baby planners. As wedding planners are to weddings, baby planners are to babies, helping future moms arrange their homes, buy the goods, and prepare themselves mentally and physically for the coming bambino, at least according to this fascinating piece in Tampa Bay Online.
On the one hand, I sympathize with the moms-to-be. Babies R Us — a store that didn’t even EXIST when I was born — is filled to the brim now with 10,000 items. It would be nice to have someone clearheaded cut to the chase. (“Is a 3-month nipple dangerous for a 2-month-old?” “No.” “Do I need an infrared baby monitor?” “No.” “Should I be playing some language tapes to my fetus?” “Nyet.”) And yet…here we go again with the professionalization of something pretty basic.
Let us just reiterate here: You can hire someone to make the nursery perfect but the nursery doesn’t have to be perfect. It doesn’t even have to be a nursery. The toys can be used, the baby shower can be a potluck affair and the birthing plan can easily end up out the window, same as most military plans do once the battle has begun. As with life itself, it’s fine to plan, but it’s also good to remember humans have been raising mini-humans for hundreds of thousands of years, and until now we managed to do it without hiring someone to pick out the perfect rocking chair.
Or even, way back when, the perfect rock. — Lenore