Can you tell us a bit about the BabyNav Baby Planners story?
I founded BabyNav after being a full time working mom in a demanding environment through both my pregnancies (including one set of twins) and experiencing the overwhelming load that can bring. My previous career had been based on research, organization and project management and when I applied those qualities to my pregnancies I felt much more at ease and prepared. Being able to take those qualities and apply them to baby planning and to helping new parents is a dream come true and fuels me to learn more and provide better service to each family that I have the pleasure of working with. At BabyNav we have a true love and passion for everything maternity and baby related. We look forward to sharing our knowledge, experience and unbiased expertise with expecting parents while they navigate the process of selecting the right baby gear for their family and preparing for their new arrival!
What are some exciting new developments for BabyNav?
We are thrilled to now offer many of our services to those that live outside the New York-TriState area via Skype! We are also about to launch an exciting series of classes and webinars to help more parents prepare to have an infant in their homes.
What (or who) inspires you when it comes to juggling a busy company and career with motherhood?
My desire to spend time with my children is always my inspiration. When I was in a corporate environment all three of my children were in daycare for nearly 10 hours per day. Weekends felt short and too packed with errands to spend the quality time with them that I desired. Juggling for me means staying focused and doing as much work as possible while they are at pre-school and after bedtime. Working hard at those times means I can spend true quality time with them each and every day.
Is there a momfession you can share with our community?
Sometimes my expectations of my children are too high. Having to remind (or nag) my kids is my least favorite thing to do and I can get frustrated when I find myself saying the same things over and over. I try to tell myself that they are only 3, 3, and 4 yrs old and they often need those reminders but there are mornings that I feel like I am going to scream if I say, “Please get your shoes on” one more time! 🙂
Favourite mom or baby product Favorite baby product? Favorite mom product? (we know, it’s hard to choose one when this is your job :)!)?
That is definitely a hard one for me but there is one product that I think almost every family can benefit from having and that is the Serenity Star by Aden & Anais. This small piece of equipment for the nursery is a night light, sound machine, feeding diary, clock and room temperature indicator! My favorite products are ones that are multi-use or grow with your baby through multiple stages.
The 2 biggest pieces of wisdom you would share with moms:
#1: Many moms today write birth plans or at least discuss with their partners what they hope to experience in labor and birth. However, many moms don’t discuss what they hope to experience when they are home with a baby. Have the conversation and make a plan for sharing household duties, who will do nighttime feedings, diaper changes, how you want to handle visitors (wanted and unwanted), what type of pediatrician would you like and anything else you want to ensure you are on the same page about before bringing baby home. Don’t assume you agree without having the conversation so you can avoid disappointment later!
#2: With the amount of information that is available at our fingertips today it can seem like there is a never ending to-do list of things you are “supposed” to be doing or things you are “supposed” to have as a new parent. There are an unlimited amount of blogs and websites that provide opinions and tell you what is best for you and your baby. Don’t try to do, have or be all of these things because they aren’t all right for your family. Take only the information that you find best for you and your family’s lifestyle and leave the rest!
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When they are older, I want my kid(s) to most remember me as…always present and always trying my best for them.
When parents find out what I do, they often say: “I wish I knew about you when we were expecting!”
In my free time, I love to…run and go out to dinner with my husband (honestly, neither happens much).
I’m dreaming of …the registry that I would help curate for Kate Middleton and Prince William.
Julie, I too wish I had known you when I was pregnant with my boys! Luckily for pregnant and newly-minted moms who are trying to figure out the right gear for them, please join us for our upcoming Facebook Clinic “Preparing for Baby with the Right Gear on March 20th at 8:30pm EST. It promises to be an informative session where moms (and dads) can ask Julie about all the new products out there and get up to speed on the all the current product recalls! I know I’ll be asking questions! To RSVP to “Preparing for Baby with the Right Gear, click here.
With love and care,