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Have you ever been in a situation where you just didn’t know where to find the services you were looking for? And did you wonder how you would be able to trust these services with your family? Well, Babycito is here to help you and your family. Not only does Babycito provide a list of trusted providers that serve families in various ways, but you’ll also be able to create a cash fund registry for these services and more! Read on for an interview with founder Lindsay Bermudez.
Q: So what exactly is babycito?
A: babycito is an inclusive, local provider network dedicated to helping parents find and register for trusted family support services. We’re a one-stop shop providing the families of Northern Virginia with the following services:
Q: How did you come up with the idea for babycito?
A: I started babycito because I saw a need for the services we currently offer (list of trusted providers/service registry). A while back I had an idea for a service registry for weddings, but didn’t take the time to do anything with it. Then, following the birth of our second child (read more here!), we had quite an experience trying to find a night nurse. We were searching the infinite world wide web in the middle of the night, sleep deprived, desperate for help. We essentially trusted Google to provide us with a legitimate, experienced and reliable local provider.
While everything worked out and we loved the company we worked with (Let Mommy Sleep), it made me wonder why there wasn’t one place where parents could go to find trusted providers in their area. These two life experiences, in addition to my passion for helping others, motivated me to start babycito.
Q: What kind of qualifications do you look for in your trusted providers?
A: There are many qualifications, experiences, dispositions and mindsets (among other things!) that we look for in our trusted providers. Here are the 5 components of our screening process and the why behind each piece:
Given that all these areas check out and both the provider and babycito feel the partnership would be a good fit, then we welcome the provider to the babycito community as one of our trusted providers.
We understand that trust is grown, not given. We want the families of Northern Virginia to know we are putting in the work to earn each family’s trust.
Q: How does the cash fund registry work?
A: Our babycito service registry is a cash fund registry and can currently be used in two ways:
In either scenario (expecting or experience registry), your network of friends and family will be able to contribute cash payments towards the services you list on your babycito service registry. Once members of your support network contribute to your registry, you will receive weekly cash payouts of the funds that have been gifted. You can then use those funds towards the services you requested!
Payment for our cash fund registry is safe and secure thanks to our Stripe integration. You will connect your bank account via Stripe. The money is held until the end of each week and then any contributions that have posted are paid out directly to the account you connected.
And more great news… if you don’t end up needing or wanting a service, you’re not locked in. You receive the cash gifted towards that service, which makes it flexible. You can freely use gifted funds towards changing needs (maybe you need a night nurse for a few nights, and not as many sessions with a lactation consultant?) and wants (perhaps your son now wants to join a soccer team rather than taking Taekwondo). The gifted contributions are yours to use in the best way for your family and/or child(ren).
Q: What kind of education do you provide at babycito?
A: One of babycito’s core values is education, especially because Lindsay (babycito founder) was a public school teacher for 10 years! Knowledge is power and we believe that by learning about all the options, parents will feel more empowered (whether having the first child or the fifth!).
The baby service industry is rich with providers ready and willing to support local families. We are here to ensure Northern Virginia parents understand what services are available and when and why they might want to use them. Our goal is to help parents feel equipped with skills, knowledge, and service solutions, regardless of what curveballs kids throw their way!
Our FREE Service Guide and FREE service consultations are available on our website to help parents find specific providers, learn about available services, get support with a service registry, and ask questions.
Q: What else do you want families to know about babycito?
A: A few final but important things to know…
Thanks so much to Lindsay for taking the time to answer my questions about Babycito. For more information and to start your own cash fund registry, visit the website here.
If you’re here checking out Babycito and what it has to offer you, I’m happy to say that Melissa Driggers Photography is one of the trusted providers on the site! Check out my portfolio and then head over to Babycito to add a styled Northern Virginia maternity session to your registry!
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