Welcoming new babies into the world is an exciting time! As family and friends, we want to show our support and welcome the new baby but have you ever been stumped about what to give your mum-to-be friend or wanted to show your support to your new baby cousin and their family but not known what they need? There are so many “things” that we are encouraged to have and use for our babies, and that can make it difficult when trying to give a gift that bub and family are going to need, use and love. Here are a few ideas, from an OT’s perspective, that may help make that first chapter a little easier for the growing family and help you support your friends and family in a meaningful way.
Most of us have had the experience of a friend or family member having a new darling baby. Naturally, we want to show our love and support but have been completely puzzled about what they need and want. Some families may need a few things before the nursery is ready and may appreciate a gift they can use with their baby day in day out. Other families might be prepared with all the bits and pieces baby needs, or maybe they already have children, and are super prepared or they may value the gift of service more than something material. Whomever the recipient, I hope you can find something in this blog that helps you show your support to the new addition.
Making day to day life a little easier can help them have more time to focus on bubs, attend to their needs, and perhaps their other children’s needs, and as parents and feel a little less stressed about the not so important but forever nagging jobs that need to be done. Perhaps you could: