Even the words “New Parents” sounds daunting – it is a whole new adventure and one you really and truly cannot prepare for. Having grown up around children and been one of the last of my friends to have a child, I was very used to changing nappies, holding a baby, feeding, burping, attempting to put them to sleep and so naturally I assumed that I’d be okay because I’d had a lot of experience and could handle this.
Of course, I was prepared… physically. However, nothing can prepare you for the often instant and overwhelming rush of love that you feel for this tiny little person whom you spent 9 months growing. Add in the fact that you also want to protect them from any harm which comes with a boat load of anxiety and parent guilt because you don’t end up changing their outfit three times daily and you’ve just become a new parent.
Then come the gifts because everyone will want to share in your joy and excitement and show you how pleased they are for you. Often a gift will include a cuddly toy of some kind (which will ultimately get put onto a shelf or in a box and possibly never used again) or a cute little outfit that comes with several hundred baby buttons, five different pieces and matching shoes! It’s not that we aren’t grateful but actually when you welcome a new baby into the world, practicality is going to win every time and these gifts are cute, a nice thought but anything other than practical. A friend of mine bought me or rather put together one of the best presents I have seen and since receiving it myself, I have done the same for friends of mine and now pass “the baton of good present giving for new parents” on to you.
Firstly, you need to get a box – it can be pretty if you like but it’s important it can be re-used at a later date, so a medium sized plastic tub with a lid is always a good shout and then you need to fill it with baby essentials:
Any gift we receive as new parents is appreciated whether we show that well or not in those first few sleep deprived weeks but having been both the giver and receiver I can tell you that it is such a great feeling to give or receive a gift that has been so useful. New parents are just that… new and add in sleepless nights and baby brain and they’re likely to forget one or two things but your perfect gift for new-born parents will definitely be a shining light at 2am in the morning. Oh… and don’t forget a card and bottle of vino too!
Katie is a mum of one and the founder of parenting blog Mummy in a Tutu. The blog focuses on Life, Parenting, Food (with a vegetarian twist) Reviews and so so much more!