When baby makes three (or four or five), Mom and Dad have a lot to manage. It’s okay to ask for help and support, and have a little fun every now and then. We found essential services to make life with a little one easier. Flip through our album to see which people and places every new parent in Chicago should know about (and bookmark … and have on speed dial!).

For Just-in-Case Baby Care: Bright Horizons

As carefully as you plan everything, emergencies pop up. Everyone needs a just-in-case back up care number in their cell phone. Bright Horizons, with several locations across the city, provides new parents with a safety net for those days when regular care arrangements fail. Working parents can check with their employers first since many of them sponsor the care.

Online: brighthorizons.com
 
Photo: Bright Horizons

What parent-friendly service could you not live without? Let us know in the Comments!

— Maria Chambers & Anli Chen