The arrival of a little bundle of joy is one of the most exciting occasions for any family, and if a happy couple in your crew are soon expecting a baby boy or girl, you’re probably itching to help them celebrate.
Try out these wonderful ways to support the new parents and share in their excitement on this milestone event.
1. Some Parental Advice
You may have been warned against offering unsolicited advice to new parents, as they’ll receive differing opinions on everything from breastfeeding to potty training. You can take a different spin on the advice that the parents will actually appreciate by creating a scrapbook of all the advice, both funny and serious, that loved ones think they’ll need. On each page, a different loved can decorate and describe the advice they see fit. This will make for a wonderful memento of well wishes that mom, dad, and baby can look at for years to come.
2. Observe Religious Beliefs
Are the parents religious? Will the little on be getting baptized? You should also consider an array of baptism and christening gifts that will observe the family’s faith and keep the little one growing in it from birth. Maybe it’s a cross wall hanging with a beautiful bible verse engraved on its front, or a personalized child’s bible—whatever you find, the new parents will be more than grateful for your thoughtful item and you’ll play an important role in this life event for the little one.
3. Keep Them Well Fed
If you’re a parent, you know how truly exhausting the first few weeks, months, and hey, even years are after having your first child. Since the new parents are going to be dealing with sleepless nights and long days, the last thing on their to-do list will be heading to the grocery store and making nutritious, filling meals. Take the pressure off by setting up a family calendar of loved ones who can bring over hot meals to keep them going strong even during the most exhausted of times. Use an online system like Mealtrain.com to make sure everyone stays in the loop and the parents don’t wind up with nights of two meals or none at all.
If the couple lives far away from family and friends, you can take the grocery store out of the equation by setting them up for a delivery from Sun Basket, which sends weekly deliveries of organic, delicious recipe boxes containing all the necessary ingredients and directions.
4. Give the Parents a Night Off
This might not come into play until a few weeks or even months have passed, but the new parents will be more than likely open to a night off. Offer to babysit the little one while they go to dinner, a movie, or even just take a well-deserved nightlong nap. They might be resistant at first; it’s hard for new parents to leave a little one for the first time. Persist respectfully if you sense they might just be nervous. If you and other friends or family want to band together on this one, you can also book a nice room in town for a staycation that will help them reconnect with each other and enjoy a night of relaxation.
5. A Tidy Home
Keeping a clean house is essential for the safety and happiness of the little one and the new parents, but as mentioned before, keeping up with a newborn is exhausting, meaning cleaning is likely last on the list of Mom and Dad’s to-do lists. Help them out by heading over and doing a weekly cleaning for them while they nap to make sure everything stays spick and span and doesn’t lead to more chaos for the already chaotic first few weeks of a caring for a little one. If you can’t head over yourself, hire a cleaning service to take care of it. The new parents will be more than grateful.
If someone in your family or friend group is expecting or has already received their little one, make sure you celebrate the arrival with fun, unique gifts they’re sure to love.
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