As previously mentioned, a baby will make you realize how quickly and easily your floors get dirty. And once the baby starts rolling and crawling, they’ll be sure to find any lint, dust, dirt, old food, etc on the floor that you missed while vacuuming. Enter a robot vacuum. I run ours twice every day. Once in the morning after breakfast, and once in the evening after bed. That gives us time to pick everything up off the floor and while I’m managing naps and bedtime, my floors are being cleaned with ZERO effort from my end. Now that we’re in a two-story house, we actually ended up buying a second robot vacuum for the upper floor – best money spent. As a new parent, there will be plenty to keep you busy, vacuuming shouldn’t be something that takes up all your time. Trust me, get yourself and get your new parent friends the robot vacuum.
Food delivery services like Postmates, Uber Eats, GrubHub, and DoorDash are great services to help new parents get a hot meal even in the middle of the night when they are too tired to cook but need something to keep them going. A membership and/or a gift card to these services makes a great gift that will help them get through the worst days. Where to look for local restaurant delivery: – DoorDash – GrubHub – Postmates – UberEats Get $20 off your first order at Uber Eats. Use eats-shannonp6554ue at checkout.
Giving a membership or gift cards to these services is a great way to help take the stress off of new parents and it is particularly helpful during the cold and flu season or when the weather is bad locally. Where to look for local grocery delivery: – Google Shopping – Instacart – PeaPod – Postmates – Prime Delivery – Shipt – Thrive Market (Get 25% OFF your first order and a FREE gift when you join Thrive Market!) – Walmart+
A postpartum doula is a great gift for new families. They can help the mother get rest, clean the home, learn how to feed and care for their babies, and learn how to feed and care for themselves to help them bounce back and become strong and healthy after having their babies. This can be a bit expensive but makes a great group gift. If the new parents live far from home, such as serving in the military, this can be a great way to fill in the gaps of not having loved ones nearby to help.
A gift certificate for a house cleaner to come in either at the end of the pregnancy when cleaning is hard but nesting urges are high or after the birth when the new mom should be focusing on healing is a great gift that helps take the stress off of the parents so they can focus on having a healthy happy baby. Not local to the family you’re wanting to gift house cleaning to? Check sites like Yelp to find a well-reviewed company.
Creating a mother’s basket or breastfeeding/pumping/diaper caddy is the perfect gift for a new mom. It’s a great way to help make sure the new mom has everything she needs for her and the baby in one spot. And it’s a gift that keeps on giving because it can be kept next to the bed or sofa where the new mom will be resting and easily moved around. Here are a few ideas of what to put in a nursing/diapering cart for a new parent: – Newborn diapers – Baby wipes – Shelf-stable grab-and-go snacks like bars, trail mix and yummy treats. – Insulated cup with a straw – Portable charger pack or extra long charger cord – Nipple ointment and breast pads – Books or other restful entertainment – Teas or water flavorings