Do you know someone who recently had a baby or someone who is expecting a baby early next year? Becoming a parent is so exciting and exhausting all at the same time. What do new parents want and need this Christmas? Check out this list for gift ideas. You might just find the perfect Christmas present for those new parents or the new parents to be.
Restaurant Gift Cards
After staying awake all night and struggling to keep that new baby happy and well fed during the day new parents can find themselves too exhausted to cook dinner. But mom and dad need to keep up their strength in order to successfully care for their new little bundle of joy. Consider buying those new parents gift cards to nearby restaurants that offer take out or even better to places that can deliver. Find out what restaurants are close to home so driving to the restaurant doesn’t take too long and look for healthy options if possible so the parents can fill their body with soul nourishing food.
Meal Subscription Services
If the new parents live a bit far away from restaurants consider purchasing a meal subscription service like Blue Apron or Hello Fresh. These services provide all of the ingredients required to make a gourmet meal at home. The recipes are typically quite easy to follow and include expected preparation and cook times so parents can plan ahead for dinner. This weekly delivery will ensure new parents eat well without having to make extra trips to the grocery store in search of ingredients. Best of all the parents can customize the deliveries to include their favorite meat, poultry, seafood and vegetarian options.
New parents often have trouble getting their little ones to fall asleep quickly at night. How can they pass the time when they wake at three o’clock in the morning and realize there are many long hours ahead until morning? Watching movies and on demand television shows is an easy, relaxing way to spend that time. Consider buying the new parents a subscription to Netflix so they can while away the hours happily catching up on episodes of their favorite television show or watching newly released movies. This is also a way for mom and dad to snuggle up on the couch and enjoy time together after their little one is finally in bed.
Let’s face it. No matter how much guidance and advice you receive as a new parent you just never know what might work best for your particular child. You may receive a baby swing for your baby shower and then realize that your child really prefers to be rocked to sleep while cradled in your arms. You might also notice that it’s a whole lot tougher to jet off to the store whenever you run out of diapers, wipes or rash cream. That’s where Amazon Prime comes in. Amazon Prime provides two day shipping, which means parents can get daily or weekly deliveries if they need to. With the power of Amazon new parents no longer need to bundle that baby up in three layers of clothes before heading out on a cold winter night. Simply click on Amazon and they can get all of those necessities delivered quickly.
If you live close to the family create a hand made voucher for free babysitting services. Let the parents know that you would be happy to come over and watch the little one. Make it clear that you would be happy to baby sit even for short periods of time. Maybe the new mom just needs thirty minutes to shower without listening to her baby cry or an extra hour to nap when the little one has kept her awake all evening. Many new parents equate baby sitting with date night or a night out on the town. Let those new parents know that you are happy to help out with those small little snippets of time that allow them to recollect themselves after a long day or night when the baby has been crying.
Having a baby is such a joyous occasion, but remember that new parents can feel overwhelmed and exhausted too. These gifts will take away some of the stress of parenting so mom and dad can focus on the joy.