When someone is pregnant, a lot of focus is put on how to help the new parents once the baby is born, but the nine months prior to that is often overlooked. There are plenty of things you can do that would be greatly appreciated by your expectant friend that others may not have thought of, so we have provided just a few ideas for things you can do to help that mommy-to-be in your life.
If you know someone who just had a baby, you may be wondering what to get the new mom to help welcome the new addition to their family, but you know they've been swamped with diapers, onesies, blankets and all the other baby necessities. So why not get something that celebrates her?
We reached out to our mommy friends and asked them to share their favorite post-baby gifts and they came back with some awesome answers, including things that are a little out of the ordinary, but oh-so appreciated. Check them out!
Top Ten Gifts for a New Mom:
Maybe you recently had a baby not too long ago or maybe it was several years ago, but in either case, chances are you still have a lot of things hanging around the house that you don't need anymore. Is it OK to re-gift those items to a pregnant friend or new parents? Absolutely! Here are just a few notes on appropriate ways to share the wealth of your hand-me-downs.
For the last nine months that you've been pregnant, the show has been about you. Everyone wants to know how you're doing, how you're feeling, when you're due, what you're having, if you've picked any names out, but the second you come home with that baby, the gig is up. You're second string and the new baby is the headliner. If you're lucky enough to live near friends and family, the constant influx of visitors coming to see you (read: the baby) can be overwhelming.
When your friends have a baby, you want to jump in and help right away . . . just like everyone else. New parents are often overwhelmed with support in the first few weeks, but then in a few months the help, visits and food become less frequent as friends and family assume they've gotten the hang of their new lifestyle. And very likely they have gotten a hang of this new, stay-at-home parent lifestyle, but then what happens when dad goes back to work after paternity leave? Then a few weeks or months later when mom goes back to work from maternity leave?
We talk to a lot of expectant and new parents at The Meal Stork, particularly about dealing with the transition to parenthood and how to overcome these struggles.
From these conversations we've pinpointed three major issues that new parents face: eating, sleeping, and reconnecting or finding time alone. We decided to evaluate each issue and give some practical advice on how to overcome them.
Over 1.5 million children are adopted in the US each year, and many of these adoptions are done by couples with no current children. Family and friends will want to help celebrate the addition to the family, although a traditional shower may not be appropriate, depending on the situation or age of the child. We've compiled some ideas, below, on how to help celebrate and welcome an adopted child.
It's common etiquette that pregnancies after the first child don't necessarily warrant baby showers, although there are a few exceptions. But that doesn't mean that family and friends don't want to help celebrate the birth of a child, no matter what number they are in the family. So what can you do or get to help welcome baby number two, three, four or more? Here are just a few practical ideas that will help the expanding family.
It's a well known fact that new parents love getting food after they bring their new baby home. Shopping, cooking and cleaning are just not at the top of the list of things to do - at least not for themselves, anyway.
If you are planning a shower for someone who isn't finding out the gender of their baby or if you're planning an early shower where the gender of the baby hasn't been determined yet, you may be frustrated in trying to figure out what sort of themes, colors and games can be incorporated. But planning a gender neutral baby shower can open up all sorts of possibilities while keeping things from swinging too blue or pink.
Here are a few ideas for how to have an adorably neutral baby shower: