When you find out that your friends or family are expecting, it’s only natural to ask for their registry and shower them with gifts for baby ranging from clothes to strollers. But while the baby’s needs will be well taken care of, expectant parents themselves can often be overlooked. So here are some thoughtful gift ideas that you won’t find on their registry.
1. Groceries and Meal Services
Getting dressed, fed, changed and buckled takes some serious effort with a baby. Getting groceries or meals delivered would seriously lighten the load and allow mom and dad to save their precious energy for the more exciting outings. Here’s some options to consider:
- Grocery Delivery: Walmart+ or Instacart
- Meal-Kit Delivery Service: We love Home Chef for their oven-ready meals.
If you’re willing to buy a $300 infant seat, consider this instead. Search your local area and book a newborn/family photo session. Note that it’s recommended that newborn photos are taken within the first 14 days after bringing the baby home. While it’s certainly best to coordinate this with the family, it’s also a gift that will be cherished forever. Prices will range depending on the experience level of each photographer but scope out portfolios in the area and seek out editing styles the family would enjoy. With everything new parents have to buy, paying for professional photos can easily get pushed aside.
3. A Clean House
Did you know that a common trigger for postpartum depression/anxiety is a messy living space? Sleep deprived parents don’t have the energy to clean. You can schedule a cleaning through services like Merry Maids or – it could even be you! Check with the family to make sure they’re comfortable with this before scheduling anything.
No baby product will ever compete with the invaluable gift of a well-informed parent. While there are a million different classes you can choose, breastfeeding and sleep are where most parents struggle the most so we’d recommend Lactation Link and Taking Cara Babies. I guarantee the parents-to-be are already looking for classes like this.