Most new parents don't leave the hospital without a lesson in swaddling their new bundle of joy. But with everything going on during that short stay, it is often hard to retain what you've learned and put it into practice once you get home.
There's not much cuter than a squishy, pink, newborn baby all curled up in a bucket, or hanging in a tiny hammock, or resting on a fluffy blanket. Except perhaps a picture that captures those moments as a beautiful keepsake.
Most folks would say they enjoy purchasing baby gifts. Probably because a lot of people tend to buy cute gifts such as outfits, tiny shoes, patterned blankets and burp cloths, and sweet-themed nursery dicor items. Often overlooked on a family's baby registry are the more practical items simply because they're not as fun to purchase.
When a friend or loved one has a baby, people will rally around them and do whatever they can to help. In many cases, this involves bringing a meal to the family so that at the end of a day filled with feeding, changing, burping, and entertaining a newborn, the last thing the new parents have to think about is putting together a meal. But as this tradition has evolved, people have realized that too much food can come in all at once, overwhelm the family, and may lead to food going to waste.
When you've got a friend or loved one who has just welcomed a new addition the family your natural reaction is probably to offer support and assistance, and maybe drop by with a casserole for the new parents to enjoy. However, there are some other options you may want to consider that will help provide the family with something very valuable-more time.
When a friend or loved one welcomes a new baby into their life it can be easy to step up to the plate and offer support and assistance. However, if the new parent is a co-worker, there can be an element of uncertainty about how to go about dealing with the situation and offering assistance.
First and foremost, in this day and age it is best not to mention a pregnancy unless you are 100 percent sure the woman is with child. Everyone carries their weight differently and you never know someone's circumstance. Wait until the woman brings up the pregnancy to you before you make any guesses.
Once you know the lady in question has a baby on board, here are a few suggestions of things to avoid saying and keep yourself out of hot water:
A Sip and See is a party that the new mom and dad host following their baby's birth. The party makes it easy for friends and family to come and go as they please, meet the new baby, enjoy refreshments and on-the-go goodies, and honor mom, dad and the new baby without overdoing it.
Personalization is on trend right now. From monogrammed cell phone cases to initial jewelry - it's everywhere. When looking for something fun and unique to give your friend or loved one at their upcoming baby shower consider going the personalized route.
Baby gear has come a long way since the days of wooden cradles and whiskey to soothe teething pains. These days, there's a plethora of electronic wizardry available to help parents with their new babies.
But with all these new options, it's easy to get overwhelmed. Fear not, we've put together a list of our top essentials in the gadgets and gizmos arena to help you weed out the the "must-haves" from the "who needs its."