It is hard to believe that our little boy has been around for 8 weeks now. It has been a challenging couple of months amid the new sprout, further home renos (this time outdoors), Chris’s hectic musician schedule (YAY summer festivals!), and a sick toddler. Once again I am thankful for the family and friends that have been so supportive during this time: thank you for keeping me sane!
In the name of helping new parents maintain their sanity I am writing about gift offerings that they will be eternally grateful for receiving. At least we did! It is very different, and easier, from what I would have thought before I became a parent. I guarantee they will make a world of difference in those first weeks.
Food is a no brainer. New parents are too sleep-deprived to muster energy to put together a proper home cooked meal. Food is one of the most thoughtful gifts you can bring. Meal Train is an interactive online meal calendar where friends can input what they are bringing and when. Main dishes are great but snacks and breakfast items are also welcomed, especially if there is an older child in the household. The energy balls and the frozen smoothie packs we received (featured in the photo) made our life easier in the mornings and when we needed an extra oomph during the day.
Can’t cook? Take-out is also acceptable! Locally you might want to check Fresh Mint. Started by my friend and doula Sarah Minty and her husband, Fresh Mint will cook delicious meals with local and organic ingredients, and deliver them at the hospital or home (check their menu). How easy is that?! The vegetarian lasagna we had (photo on the bottom right corner) disappeared in one meal, it was that good!
This is such an undervalued but great gift! Every parent will eventually need to hit a grocery store and these gift cards are a prized help. An added bonus if the card is from a store that makes home delivery such as the local Belbin’s and Good Food Market.
It can be a local or an online store and it will help parents with the cost of baby clothing, bottles, cloth diapers, even a stroller or a car seat. Check with the parents first to find out what’s their favourite baby store.
The assumption that you have to bring something when visiting new parents is not totally correct. Between diaper changes and broken sleep seeing our friends and having adult conversations are paramount. This is especially important in the first month when new parents are a bit housebound. Make sure to call first and do not over stay your welcome. New parents get tired fast!
Are you comfortable around children? New parents truly appreciate a few baby free moments to have a shower, fold laundry, make dinner or do the dishes! Having the opportunity to run errands without having to haul the car seat or the stroller is also welcomed. So come and hang out with the baby!