The Best Gifts You Can Give The Parents Of A Newborn

Sorry if you read the title and thought you were going to find ideas for actual physical gifts to give parents of a newborn, this post is about the practical and most useful gifts I think you can give them.

When I had my first two children years ago I had a lot of family living close by, I also had a few family members who helped that are no longer in my life, I felt well supported and for that I will always be grateful.

This time around I don’t have a lot of close family living close by, those that do are busy working or have busy lives themselves although I know if I needed their help they would and have happily obliged.

Life with a newborn and a toddler is tough, I take my hat off to those who have more than two children under five, how on earth are you coping ? I started thinking about what I would really like to do for my own children when they have children of their own or even for family or friends just to make the experience a little easier for them and this is what I came up with.

A Good Nights Sleep

I recently saw on a vlog I watch on YouTube that the ladies mother-in-law went to stay at their house every few weeks to take the baby for the night to let them both have a full nights sleep.
Sleep deprivation is awful even if it’s just for a few nights never mind weeks or months, it leaves you feeling less able to cope with the day ahead and everything can seem worse than it actually is, so the most important thing I would give is the gift of a good nights sleep.

A Few Good Meals

The last thing you want to do when you have been looking after a newborn, a toddler and the running of a house all day is to provide a decent meal, this means that (if you are like us) you end up getting a takeaway or having sandwiches instead.
I would cook a few meals that can be frozen and take them round, or even ask them over for a meal or offer to cook for them at their home, a good filling homemade meal can make a lot of things seem better.

Help With The Housework

This is a tough one as it would be easy to insult someone who’s sleep deprived by asking if they want you to clean their house ! but you could offer to do the ironing or any dishes you spot on the drainer while you are visiting.

A Chance To Get Out For A Few Hours

My lovely cousin (who is more like my sister) offered to watch both the kids so I could get out with my husband for an hour about a week after Jake was born, it felt like a luxury to pop to the shops as a couple without it taking an hour just to prepare leaving the house.
In the early days, looking at something other than four walls really helps lift your spirits, it’s a wonderful gift you can give to new parents who might find it hard to ask for help.

Having children is tough, I know as parents it’s our choice to have them but giving someone even just an hours respite without them feeling as if they are burdening you, might be worth more to that person than you will ever know.

Angela x

Super Busy Mum

 

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  1. Super Busy Mum July 2, 2014 / 11:32 am

    This post is fabulous and something EVERY parent can relate too. Thanks so much for linking up with #MMWBH xx

  2. Jenna Michelle Pink July 2, 2014 / 11:32 am

    Without a doubt the most helpful thing for me would be for someone to come clean the house. So many people offered and when it came to it no one bothered. Seriously, if you want to help a new mum, come over wash the pots and clean the toilet! You will be beyond appreciated! Great post 🙂

  3. Caroline Hooper July 2, 2014 / 11:32 am

    That is so true, just a few hours sleep or a meal not cooked by you are such precious things when you have just had a baby. I have just popped over from the #MMWBH so thank you for an interesting read x

  4. Angela July 2, 2014 / 11:52 am

    Thank you, and thanks for hosting the link 🙂

  5. Angela July 2, 2014 / 11:52 am

    Thanks for reading x

  6. Angela July 2, 2014 / 11:53 am

    Thanks for commenting, as new mums I think we all feel the same x

  7. emma lander July 2, 2014 / 6:58 pm

    I would still love a full nights sleep. What a great idea. Family members could give tokens for these things. I'd well cash them in. Great post

  8. Tas D July 2, 2014 / 6:58 pm

    Oh my SLEEP and FOOD!!! Perfect perfect list, that's exactly what I wanted…and maybe a clean house too 🙂

  9. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) July 2, 2014 / 6:58 pm

    Lovely post and I can definitely relate. It can be so hard to ask for help, or even accept it when its offered as sometimes we feel we should be able to cope and that getting a bit of help is failing somehow! But even just the little things like a spot of ironing or washing dishes can make a huge difference when you are sinking! 🙂 Xx #mmwbh

  10. yummyblogger.com July 2, 2014 / 6:58 pm

    This is a great guide – I have an 8 week old and been very lucky to have several breaks already including a night out when my other half did all the night feeds etc… feels too cruel to ask anyone else to spend the night with him…. yet!
    #MMWBH

  11. pixiedusk July 3, 2014 / 5:49 pm

    I am so glad that my parents are there when I gave birth that I got all of this. So true that these in the list are so simple yet really vital for new parents =) #MMWBH

  12. Gemma Murphy July 4, 2014 / 5:43 am

    I loved it when people would bring over a casseroles or lasagne for me to heat up/freeze later – or even a take away. Or would just make their own cuppa and leave me to sit on my but and rest rather than wait on them. #MMWBH

  13. Angela July 4, 2014 / 5:44 am

    Wow, you were really lucky Gemma 🙂

  14. Angela July 4, 2014 / 5:45 am

    It's lovely that your parents were there for you 🙂

  15. Angela July 4, 2014 / 5:45 am

    Glad to see it's not just me, thanks for your comment 🙂

  16. Angela July 4, 2014 / 5:47 am

    Thanks Caroline, I find it so hard to ask for help but I'm getting better as accepting when it is offered 🙂

  17. Angela July 4, 2014 / 5:48 am

    Thanks, little breaks away are so important aren't they, keeps you sane 🙂

  18. Andrea Thompson July 5, 2014 / 7:45 am

    It's 16/18 years ago that my eldest were toddlers only 18 months age between them but I can still totally relate to this post. It's something I will definitely remember to do for my kids when they have babies xxx

  19. Erin Ek Rush July 5, 2014 / 7:45 am

    This is a really great list. I would give an arm and a leg for a full night's sleep! You get so many things you don't really need when a baby is born but all of these things would be brilliant!

  20. Mardy Kerrie July 5, 2014 / 7:45 am

    Aww these are really great ideas. Everything just seems so much hard work when you have a newborn and although it is nice to receive material gifts, things like time, food and a clean home can be in short supply!

  21. Angela July 5, 2014 / 5:23 pm

    Thanks, I love physical gifts as much as the next person but I would kill for a full nights sleep 🙂

  22. Angela July 5, 2014 / 5:25 pm

    Thanks, I agree, wish I could take some of the gifts back and exchange for some sleep 🙂

  23. Angela July 5, 2014 / 5:27 pm

    Thanks for your comment, I'm sure they will appreciate it when the time comes x

  24. Angela July 5, 2014 / 5:28 pm

    Oh yes that's a good one too 🙂

  25. Angela July 5, 2014 / 5:46 pm

    That's a great idea Emma ! Thanks x

  26. ghostwritermummy July 6, 2014 / 4:34 am

    I can't tell you how much I LOVE the idea of having someone come to my house every now and then for the night duty. I currently have a 4 yr old and a 2 yr old and another on the way (my 9 yr old is a fab sleeper!) and would move moutains for this gift! x x

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