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5 Gifts for First Time Parents

Published Mar 23, 2020

Along with the anticipation of having a new tiny family member, parents may also be trying to figure out how to acquire all the necessary supplies for the new baby. If a friend or relative of yours is having a baby for the first time, here are some sentimental and practical gifts you can give to make this time even more memorable.

Welcoming a baby can be an exciting and beautiful event for families. Parents may want to take pictures throughout the pregnancy to commemorate this milestone and/or have parties with family and friends to celebrate the arrival of a new baby. Along with the anticipation of having a new tiny family member, parents may also be trying to figure out how to acquire all the necessary supplies for the new baby. If a friend or relative of yours is having a baby for the first time, here are some sentimental and practical gifts you can give to make this time even more memorable.


Meal Delivery Service

When there's a new baby in the house, there's often very little time to cook. Whether one or both parents stay home with the baby or work outside of the home, caring for a child is time-consuming and can be exhausting at times. You can give new parents a meal delivery service so they won't have to worry about preparing dinner at the end of a long day. Consider meal delivery services that offer food the parents will enjoy, such as a vegan delivery service or a company that offers paleo meals.


Photographs

Parents will want to take pictures of their new baby to preserve this precious family memory. Some parents prefer candid snapshots of their babies, some mothers and fathers want professional portraits of their little ones, and some families want a combination of both types of photos. Professional photographers who are trained to capture the innocence and beauty of newborns can help parents capture the baby in a variety of poses. If you live in the Houston area, you can find newborn photography in Houston so parents can purchase professional photographs of their little one. You can present the new parents with a gift certificate for an infant photoshoot so your loved ones can have beautiful pictures of their baby without having to pay for them.


Clothing Subscription Service or Gift Cards

Babies grow quickly and many of the clothing items new parents receive at a baby shower will be too small for their baby in just a few months. You can purchase a clothing subscription for the baby so parents will receive a few new outfits for their child every month. This is also a great way to chart a baby's growth; some parents may want to have a home photoshoot to show off the clothing and show family and friends how big the baby is getting. Choose a subscription service that matches the style and philosophy of the parents (i.e. clothing made from organic cotton or eco-friendly materials) to make the gift extra special. Or, you can buy gift cards for stores that sell baby and children's clothing so parents can shop when they need to.


Diaper Bag

Diaper bags are common baby shower gifts, but you can make your gift stand out by putting treats inside that benefit the baby and parents. Onesies, socks, hats, and mittens are practical newborn gifts. You can also place rattles, teething rings, and pacifiers in the bag that the baby can use as he/she grows. It's also a good idea to place gift cards for coffee shops, essential oils that promote sleep and relaxation, or a gift card for an audiobook subscription in the diaper bag to help parents relax and rejuvenate themselves in between taking care of their new bundle of joy.


Home Cleaning Services

When parents welcome a new baby, they probably won't have much time to clean the house. Babies require significant attention and mothers and fathers who are taking care of a little one for the first time may find that it's challenging to get enough sleep, let alone take care of household chores. You can pay for a home cleaning service for new parents so they'll have one less thing on their to-do lists. You can surprise the new parents with this gift at a baby shower or when you visit them to meet the new baby. However, it's best to check with the parents to see which day(s) would be best for the cleaning team to come to their home.


These are just a few thoughtful gifts you can give your loved ones as they welcome a new son or daughter. Consider the needs and wants of the new parents when choosing your gift, and your kindness will be remembered for years to come.



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