A new baby is such a beautiful blessing to any family. It doesn’t matter if it’s the first baby or the fourth –all babies are exciting and adorable…and a bit exhausting.
For new parents, adjusting to the reality of a tiny baby, totally dependent on you, can be exhilarating and overwhelming.
It’s only natural for parents to gush about their new bundle of joy. It’s also totally okay for parents to admit they’re tired or they need a little help.
If you have a daughter, sister, cousin, friend or neighbor that has recently had a baby, perhaps you’d like to lend a hand or do something extra for the new mom and dad. But what can you do that’s helpful, but not intrusive? In today’s environment, how can you help while keeping everyone’s healthy and safety a top priority?
Here are a few ways you can help the new parents.
- Bring them a meal. Mom and dad need energy to care for a newborn, but they may not have the time or energy right away to prepare a lot of meals. Meals are always a nice gesture for new parents and if they have other children, providing dinner one night is a huge help. Check with the family to see if there are any food allergies or dietary restrictions before you start cooking. You can always do a front porch drop off to minimize contact, too. Don’t forget to pick up some of Ashley’s fresh dinner rolls, which are a perfect addition to any meal. Not sure what to cook? A giftcard to a favorite restaurant is always a great idea, too.
- Walk their dog. If the new parents’ first baby is a furry friend, perhaps you can help take care of a pet by offering to walk the dog or take him or her to a vet appointment.
- Drop off an afternoon pick-me-up. A sweet surprise on the doorstep is a welcomed sight for anyone on any given afternoon. For a weary mom or dad, a cup of hot coffee and some fresh baked muffins or a warm fudge brownie could be the fuel to get them through the rest of the day.
- Run errands or pick up needed items at the grocery store. Right now, new parents have even more to worry about as the COVID pandemic continues. A lot of people are still limiting contact with others and this is especially true for those with underlying health conditions or brand new babies. The next time you’re headed to the grocery store, check with the new parents to see if there are any items they might need that you can pick up. Or if you’re out and about, pick up a package of diapers and baby wipes and drop them off.
- Make a special delivery. Even when there isn’t a global pandemic going on, many new parents are cautious about letting a lot of people into their house when they bring a new baby home. It’s completely understandable that families want time to rest, relax and bond with their new baby. You can show the new parents you care by sending them a special delivery of cookies from Ashley’s right to their house. We can create custom cookies to welcome the new bundle and have them delivered when the new parents arrive home. It’s definitely a sweet way to show you care.
Do you have other ideas for helping new parents transition to life with a new baby? We’d love to hear your ideas so drop a comment below. And if you have something special in mind we can help with, give us a call. We love crafting custom orders to help you celebrate life deliciously.