Baby showers are a lovely way to show support for a new mother and her family. Wouldn't it be nice to only give gifts, which are meaningful and not just add to the overwhelm and clutter?
Teddy bears and tiny newborn socks are really cute, but how many do they really need?
Before I got kids myself I was probably a champion in giving cute but definitely not great gifts. Now after having three kids I have better ideas I would like to share.
GIVE YOUR HELP
Promise to help regularly, when the baby is born! And you can actually even start helping before.
Give a lovely printed out baby-sitting plan for the first year. Just a couple of hours now and then that new parents can take to themselves, go on a date, get a nap or have a shower.
Once I heard a lovely story of a group of ladies that would come a to baby sit and spend some time together while taking care of their friend’s baby.
My friends would come and bring some food or empty my dish-washer or take my older kids overnight or for a day trip form time to time.
These are priceless acts of true friendship, which are so important for new mothers!
GIVE A NEWBORN OR BABY PHOTO SESSION
A relaxed in-home photo session will make for a wonderful gift for a sentimental family. Planning the session ahead of time will give mother-to-be peace of mind that all of the precious newborn moments will be well-captured. Taking care of a newborn baby and take pictures simultaneously is very hard – even for a professional photographer!
If you are thinking to give a newborn session for a friend, please consider a session at home. Not every new parent will want to take their tiny precious baby to a photo studio.
Setting up an in-home session will give a new mother a convenience of not having to leave the comfort and safety of her home to get photos done.
The best part is she’ll end up with tangible memories of this special went-by-in-a-blur time forever, which is such a priceless gift.
Plus a newborn session is quite a big investment, which can be split painlessly among a group of friends.
GIVE A NURSING-BRA-GIFT-CARD
A nursing bra is one of those things many mothers are going to need, but few will spend on a nice one for themselves.
It will be used every day & night, so why not invest in a quality piece for her? Having a high quality bra that’s functional will go a long way in helping a new mother during those first few crazy months.
There is a great Swiss brand BRATIQUE. They provide great customer service and I am sure will be happy to sell you a bra-gift-card!
GIVE A BAG DIAPER INSERT
New mothers carry SO many things around! However every woman has specific purse requirements, which makes it really hard to pick out a diaper bag for a new mother. Instead of giving her a bag you are not sure she will like or even use, give her a diaper bag insert.
They are really inexpensive, but make such a smart gift. She can pack it up with everything she might need and use it with her favourite bag.
I am actually using a camera insert for my bags – works great as well!
TEETHING TOYS OR NECKLACES
Teething always come unexpectedly! Some babies start teething when they are two months old. So this is great for the parents to have all the things that might help at home already.
GIVE OUTFITS IN BIGGER SIZES + SECOND HAND
My babies were born really big and we immediately started with 3 months size! So even if you are planning to give some outfits please consider buying bigger sizes.
Also putting on bigger outfits on a newborn baby is much easier and quicker for parents. Those outfits can be used for much longer period of time – when they are too big and when they fit, which is really good for the environment!
Please also consider buying second hand clothes or ask your friends, who already have kids. They might have a lovely collection of baby things, which deserves to get a new cute owner.
GIVE AN ONLINE PHOTO COURSE OR A BABY PHOTOGRAPHY EBOOK
Many people start being interested in photography when they get kids. Everyday moments become of a completely new value – priceless. If the future parents are excited about capturing their baby, you might want to get them an online course or an ebook for parents who want take better pictures of their baby. You can purchase one I have created with a lovely discount.
Thank you for reading!
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