A friend of ours is having a baby soon and it’s got me thinking about those first moments, days, weeks…there’s nothing like it, is there? I’m pretty certain I won’t be experiencing that newborn amazingness (and exhaustion, who am i kidding?) again but that doesn’t make me less baby-crazy!
Gymboree asked me to share some of my ideas for preparing for baby. Since I’m a pro and all (let’s pretend), I thought I’d share some things I have given and would love to receive myself!
Thoughtful Gift Ideas for the Expecting Parent:
- A Journal. I wrote in a journal pretty regularly when I was younger but hadn’t kept up with it for years. Until I had my first daughter. I wrote a lot in those early days and weeks, mostly because I was struggling and feeling alone. And then it became a place where I kept track of Ellie’s milestones. 4 years later and I now have TWO journals for each girl. And one just for me too. I think its so important that as new moms we have an outlet to express ourselves. And also a place to keep track of important memories when our exhaustion clouds our brain space.
- A Favorite Baby Book. The more books the merrier! I have never met a baby that doesn’t love being read to. As adults, books hold nostalgic memories for us so it’s special to pass them along, maybe with a heartfelt note on the inside cover.
- Meal Delivery Service – for the parents to redeem at their choice of timing. Cooking for ourselves is next-to-impossible with a new baby in the house. Knowing there’s a well-rounded meal just waiting to be heated up is priceless in my opinion. Make sure to order from a service that uses organic ingredients, whole foods and accommodates dietary restrictions.
- Swaddle Blankets. Maybe this is just my experience, but one can never have too many swaddle blankets, right!? They are used for much more than swaddling in those first months. And if your baby is a “swaddler houdini” like Ellie was, you’ll need three blankets for each swaddle! Plus they’re soft and sweet and fun to give.
- Organic, Gentle Baby Products. We all should be using nontoxic products but its especially important for new babies and their sensitive skin – and developing bodies! Some examples of nontoxic brands are Zoe Organics, Tubby Todd, Plenti Naturals, etc. I linked to some of what I use here.
- Handwritten Birth Affirmations. I kept my list of affirmations packed in my hospital bag and read them before and during delivery. Here are a few of my favorites. Giving these to a Mommy to be is a beautiful, thoughtful gesture.
I feel confident, I feel safe and I feel secure.
I trust my body to grow my baby, and I trust my body to birth my baby.
I relax as we move quickly and easily through each stage of birth.
I welcome my baby with love, happiness and joy
And important for post-delivery:
I was amazing, I gave it my all, and it was enough.
I am an amazing woman and Mother.
I am everything my baby needs and more.
You might notice I didn’t put CLOTHING on the list. Why not? Because I’ll always buy something cute for the new baby-to-be to wear, whether its on my list or not. And all of you probably will too. There’s something about teeny tiny baby clothes that is literally impossible to resist. I mean, try it…good luck. There are so many cute things to fall victim to here.
While you are at it, enter the Baby’s First Bundle sweepstakes !! Over $2,000 in prizes from Gymboree, Summer Infant, OXO Tot, Ergobaby, Magic Cabin, and Beech-Nut is up for grabs. Enter by the end of the day on October 1.
What do you think about my list of gift ideas for an expecitng Mom? What would you add?
For more like this, check out my other posts on things I wish I had the first time around and the 12 things that grow with baby into toddlerhood
Thank you to Gymboree for sponsoring this post, one I have been meaning to write for awhile!