There’s nothing like a new baby to fill you with joy…and overwhelm you with exhaustion. The good thing is that you’re not alone. The D.C. area has a number of services to help you weather the storms of babydom. We’ve got the scoop on everything from the best breastfeeding classes and night nurses, to awesome sleep trainers and diaper delivers.
Photo: Neat Method D.C.
For an organized baby closet: Neat Method
Did Junior get more clothes than you know what to do with? Are mini hangers spilling out of his closet like an avalanche? Don’t stress! Neat Method is a professional organizing company that focuses on being the “interior designers behind the scenes” in spaces–like closets and cupboards–that you thought were hopeless. After a short hiatus in the D.C. area, the Neat Method team has relaunched and is ready to add order to any baby-induced chaos. Think: toy rooms and entire nurseries, too!
For fresh, homemade baby food: Baby Slop
Of course you want the best for your baby, but who has time to take only fresh, locally grown, pesticide-free, organic ingredients and whip them up into purified baby food goodness? Bethesda-based Baby Slop does! If you want a kid who eats her veggies and likes them, give her the real thing from the very beginning. Baby Slop features fresh flavors of the week, such as organic yellow summer squash with parsley; red lentils with kale and garlic; green beans and peas with mint. It’s so yummy you might sneak a bite for yourself! And if all this isn’t good enough, you’ll be happy to know that for every jar of babySLOP that’s sold, another jar is donated to a local food bank for a baby at risk of hunger. It’s a win/win.
For sleep training assistance: Hush Little Baby
Owned and operated by an Advanced Certified Newborn Care Specialist and longtime professional nanny, Hush Little Baby offers 24-hour care, sleep training, traveling assistance and temporary day care for newborn infants. Providers include registered nurses, certified newborn care specialists, sleep educators, temporary care specialists, and postpartum doulas.
For baby proofing and nursery planning: D.C. Baby Planners
Worried you can’t get it all together in time for baby? D.C. Baby Planners promises to make life’s greatest adventure stress free by helping you prepare for your bundle of joy. Choose from a variety of packages and consulting services designed to support expectant and new parents, including pre and postnatal services. Popular packages include Baby Shower Planning, Nursery Set Up, Registry Set Up, Preparing for Baby, and Baby Proofing. Be sure to take advantage of their free one-hour, in-person consultations. Packages start at $300.
For a good night’s rest: Let Mommy Sleep
The name pretty much says it all for this DC area service that offers overnight infant care and sleep consultation. Let Mommy Sleep features overnight care to newborns and education to their families in the sensitive perinatal period 1-2 weeks after a baby’s birth. Caretakers are registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and postpartum specialists. Let Mommy Sleep also provides infant sleep coaching services for babies four months or older whose pediatricians agree that it’s appropriate for baby to sleep longer stretches at night. If you’re thinking, oh that sounds great but I probably can’t afford it, have no fear. You can put it on your registry! In this innovative alternative to the traditional baby registry, loved ones contribute to your sleep registry account online or by phone. You can use the funds for an overnight nurse that will help you get some much-needed shut eye.
12841 Braemar Nature Trail (Bristow, Va)
For breastfeeding support: The Breastfeeding Center
This popular support service for D.C. mamas works to advance breastfeeding and successful parenting through free and low cost classes, as well as private consultations with Board Certified Lactation Consultants. Choose from class topics such as Breastfeeding Basics, Breastfeeding Multiples, Breastfeeding for Fathers and Partners, Sleep Basics, Baby Wearing, and Diapering 101. The center also offers a variety of other services including a breastfeeding boutique, a nursing lounge, and a milk depot.
2141 K St., NW (Foggy Bottom)
For energy boosting snacks…Momme Meals
This Northern Virginia-based company features simple and delicious bite-sized snacks called Go Chews that are designed to deliver balanced nutrition to moms, moms-to-be and their families. Choose from flavors like Turkish apricot and fig ginger sesame. Each serving offers the perfect combination of lean protein and healthy fats to give active moms the energy they need; plus important folate and omega3s recommended for pregnant women, and calcium, iron and natural lactogenics to promote milk support in breastfeeding moms. Go Chews are sold in organic and specialty shops across the area, or you can order them online and have them delivered directly to your door.
603 Braxton Place (Alexandria, Va)
For diaper delivery…Modern Diaper Service
You can avoid the inconveniences of going green by using a local diaper delivery service. D.C.’s Modern Diaper Service boasts that for less than the cost of many brands of disposable diapers you can give your baby the comfort of 100% cotton. In addition, their cloth diapers are pH balanced to fight diaper rash, and given an anti-bacterial rinse for extra protection. Sixty diapers a week (the recommended amount for a newborn) costs $16.75 plus a $1.50 a week fuel charge. Packages include a free diaper pail, free velcro diaper cover, plus discounts on pins, pants, and diapers.
5318 Eisenhower Ave. (Alexandria, Va)
Are we missing any essential baby services? Please share in the comments section below.
—Ayren Jackson-Cannady and Jamy Bond