Having a baby is an exciting but hectic time for a new mom! Between feedings, finding time to rest and bonding with the new baby, there is little time to think about meal preparation. This is why food makes an excellent and practical baby gift after the birth. Food is a gift that you can be certain will not go to waste! If you choose to prepare a meal and bring it over yourself, we have a few tips to help you along the way:
When someone we love shares the news that they're expecting a new baby, we can't help but get excited.
It seems like if you've been to one baby shower, you've been to them all. The same cheesy (and often a little stomach-turning) games, gifts, themes, balloons, cake, etc. But every baby and mom is unique, and the celebration we give them should be as well. Here are a few unique, fun and out of the box baby shower ideas that definitely do not include smelling or tasting anything from a diaper.
When you find out you're expecting, there's a lot to do and get and learn and read, but likely a good percentage of your brain is focused on the nursery. Nesting and setting up a sweet, comfortable place for your baby is instinctual. But the commercialization of the baby nursery has made these rooms a sort of cookie cutter affair - each one with it's pink flowers or blue building blocks or the "gender neutral" jungle animals.
The "Push Present" is a relatively new term that describes presents given to new moms, usually by their spouses or family members, as a gift or thank you for birthing their child (or godchild, grandchild, niece or nephew). Push presents run the gamut from jewelry to iPads to cars, but they don't have to be extravagant. Something helpful, useful, but also a little indulgent makes a great gift. The key to a push present is that it's all about mom - no booties, bibs or boppies allowed. Here are just a few ideas, gleaned from recent new-moms:
Traditionally, a mom is given one baby shower for their first child. After that, most moms are expected to have acquired the necessary amount of things for babies 2, 3 or 4. However, there are several "new schools" of thought on this issue.
For instance, if a new mom is having her first baby in several years, or perhaps with a new partner, this may justify having another baby shower. It's not uncommon now for women to have children 10-15 years apart, in which time most baby items will have been disposed of and new "necessary" items have come into vogue.
You just found out your friend or family member has brought their new baby into the world! The showers are over, gifts have been sent for the baby, but you want to do something else to help them celebrate. What makes the most sense for new mom and dad and baby?
One of the most helpful baby gifts you can give to a new mom - whether it's her first baby or fifth, is to help her with a meal calendar after coming home from the hospital. People generally want to help new moms and pitching in with providing meals for a new mom is a great way to help out without overwhelming any one person.
When you've just had a new baby one of the most important things is making sure your baby is eating regularly and eating enough. You spend your first few days as new parents (or first few weeks, maybe) obsessing about whether or not they are doing just this. You feed them every two hours, then burp, then change, then start the whole process over again. But there's one thing you may be forgetting during this seemingly never-ending cycle: that you need to eat!
Baby showers mean gifts, and gifts mean etiquette. Any time people are being invited to an event where the recommendation is to purchase something for the guest of honor, things can get a little tricky. Particularly in a day and age where so many traditions are being left behind with all those old, recalled baby toys, it's important to consider the basic rules of etiquette to keep from offending any potential future babysitters.