The baby has arrived! Mom is tired, but relieved not to be pregnant anymore. However, she had no idea she would still be this exhausted. Giving birth is tiring and both Mom and Baby need some pampering.
Gifts and gear
Did a good friend or relative recently have a baby? Even though baby clothes are oh-so-cute, there are other ways to show your love and support for the new mom and her baby.
Good ol' fashioned hospitality for Mom
Chances are, the new mom is not the only creature in the house besides Baby. There might be other children, pets, Dad or even relatives visiting. Here are five things you can do to help out the new mom:
The hand-me-down game, registry and thank you
Chances are the new mom had a baby shower and registered for many wonderful gifts. Chances are also good that she did not get every gift on that registry. Follow these helpful pointers on getting a delightful gift for the new mom — one she really needs.
Perfect gifts for everyone
Newsflash! Baby will probably like anything you buy. They don't care what color the "I love my mom T-shirt" is or how trendy his or her new diaper bag is; Mom is still in charge, for now. If the registry is done and you have no hand-me-downs, here are some great last minute gift ideas for both Mom and Baby.
For Mom: She still doesn't quite fit into her old clothes, so buy her the catchall one-size-fits-all Michael Stars T-shirt. The line is comfy and stretches and can be shrunk again with a little tumble in the dryer.
For Baby: Trendy babies are sporting Zutano clothing. The prints are totally adorable and the quality of the fabric is high. Try buying an outfit for 3 to 6 months or 6 to 9 months instead to help mom through the first year and not just one for the first couple of months.
For Mom and little girl: Mom is in bed and resting and might not have time to go out and get her nails painted. Buy her non-toxic, non-odor nail polish, like Piggy Paint, that she can share with her baby girl as well without causing damage to the precious one's nails.
For Mom and little boy: Babies love stuffed animals as they grow, and Baby Gund has the perfect plush presents for playtime.
For siblings: Bath time! Everyone in the family needs a bath and you can't have too many bath toys. From fun water books to the classic ducky, make bath time fun for everyone.
For Dad: The Daddy Diaper Pack is just one of the many cool gifts from DaddyScrubs that are perfect for new dads.
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