The Baby Planner

The Baby Planner

The Nanny Diaries meets The Wedding Planner in this smart, dishy novel from the author of Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives—featuring a woman who runs San Francisco’s premier baby planning company and the mommies-to-be who seek out her services.

Katie Johnson may make her living consulting with new moms on the latest greatest baby gadgets no parent should be without, or which mommy meet-ups are the most socially desirable, or whether melon truly is the new black, but the success of her marriage to her husband, Alex, depends on controlling her own urges toward motherhood.

He's adamant that they stay childless. Sure, Katie understands that he's upset over the fact that his out-of-town ex-wife rarely lets him see their ten-year-old son, Peter. But living vicariously through her anxious clients and her twin sisters' precocious children only makes Katie resent his stance more deeply.

While helping a new client—Seth Harris, a high tech entrepreneur who must raise Sadie, his newborn daughter, as a single parent after the tragic death of his wife in childbirth—maneuver the bittersweet journey from mourning husband and reticent father to loving dad, Katie’s own ideals about love, marriage, and motherhood are put to the test as she learns ones very important lesson about family:  How we nurture is the true nature of love.
  • Gallery Books | 
  • 352 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439197127 | 
  • April 2011
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Planning for a Baby

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This reading group guide for The Baby Planner includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Acting as a consultant for new moms on the latest baby gadgets, the best play groups, and the most socially desirable mommy meet-ups, professional baby planner, Katie Johnson, is finding it difficult to ignore the ticking of her own biological clock. However, the success of her marriage to husband Alex means squelching her own maternal urges and living vicariously through her sister’s and her clients’ pregnancies, until, as Alex puts it, “the timing is right.”

When she finally realizes that Alex will never budge from his stance to remain childless, Katie takes fate into her own hands and plots an “accidental” pregnancy. But things don’t turn out exactly as she’d hoped, and Katie is taught an important life lesson: how we nurture is the true nature of love.


1.       The author uses quotations to introduce each chapter of The Baby Planner. Which quote, if any, resonated with you? Discuss how these quotations reflect the even see more

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Josie Brown

Josie Brown

Josie Brown’s celebrity interviews and relationship articles have been featured in Redbook and Complete Woman magazines, as well as AOL, Yahoo,,, and She lives in Marin County, California with her husband and two children.