As part of my job, I get to “talk” to a lot of new grandparents. They share photos and their excitement on the arrival of a new grandchild. Often times they also ask for advice on the perfect gift for mom to celebrate this special time. (confession: I’m quite biased because MommiesFirst boxes make a great gift). So, I’ve put together some of my favorite ideas that come at little–to-no cost , but will be very special treats for a new mommy!
Come over for Nap Time. And by nap time – we mean mom’s nap time. During the early day’s of your grandbaby’s life, he or she will be sleeping A LOT, but sleep for mom – whether day or night – will be not be as frequent (in fact, more likely it will be non existent). Offer to come over and play or watch the baby sleep, so mommy can catch some much needed zzzzzz.
Take lots of pictures of mom and baby. The other day, to celebrate my son’s 5th birthday, I went through thousands of pictures (no exaggeration) and there were only a handful of pictures of my little man and I (no exaggeration here either). As a new mom, I was so eager to capture every moment of his life, and usually I was the one behind the camera. If I could go back in time, I’d ask for more pictures of the two of us. As an added treat, surprise mom on your grandbaby’s first birthday with a memory book of the two of them with all your favorite photos.
Meals for mom. Drop off or send meals for mom that can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer that are EASY TO PREPRARE. There is a big emphasis on EASY here. Moms (and dads for that matter) will want meals that require (ideally) 1 step to prepare and are easy to clean up! Remember a “gourmet” meal that requires prep work – chopping, dicing, and more than two dishes to clean need not apply!
Force mom to pamper herself. What’s great about this gift is 1) it gives mom some TLC and 2) it gives mom permission to put her first for a few moments. From the earliest days of motherhood, the dreaded mom guilt sets in, so moms feel horrible spending even one second away from her new baby. Let her know it’s okay to put her feet up and take time for mom with a manicure, pedicure, even a massage on you! I suggest actually purchasing a gift certificate to her favorite salon or spa. If you give her money to treat herself, in might go toward diapers instead!
Date night vouchers.just the two of them is nearly impossible to come by. If you live close by, offer to come over and babysit, or if you’re far away, hire a babysitter so mom and dad can have a date night. Taking a shower, putting on a little makeup, and getting outside the house is a true gift in the early days.
Perhaps the greatest gift I received was from my mother-in-law was words of reassurance. Positive reinforcement throughout my first year as a mom was the greatest gift from a very special grandma. (And it didn’t cost a penny!)
With love and care,