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Unfortunately for me, I’m always the type to freeze when I can’t think of an obvious idea. And sometimes freezing leads to inactivity, and then I show up empty-handed, except for my camera, and I kick myself on what I could have done differently. It’s been a learning experience for me, watching both of my sisters become moms two weeks apart in February and March.
I wanted to give my younger sister a hand-me-down rocker we had loved, but I couldn’t find ours, and I imagine it was quite dirty after spending three years in our garage. So I gifted her a brand new one. I showed up on her doorstep, and I was happy to give her something I thought she’d love and need. It was more complicated with my older sister, two weeks later. Her son, Parker, was born prematurely, and that required more attention and energy than I can imagine. It resonated with me because my son, Des, was a NICU baby, and I remember juggling that along with having a near three-year-old daughter, Scarlet.
So I knew I had to set to work. My sister needed me, and I had to open my heart and mind and show her what she really needed, and maybe, what she really wanted. When I had my first baby, the generosity was astonishing. Besides all the clothing and gear from my baby shower, I got whole pound cakes, summer sausage, cheese, and donuts. I also got a tin of cookies and a whole shipment of cinnamon rolls! I got gift cards and blankets. There was so much! It helped me to know what I really wanted, and that was things that made my life a little or a lot easier. I had to do the same for my sister.
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The day before my daughter turned one, she was bitten by a dog and needed micro-stitches. She had to be put under and the stitches were on her face. It was a terrible time, full of questions and fear. Mederma® was a product we used every day, and she’s now a bright and shiny six-year-old with no memory of the event. The experience was traumatic, and it felt empowering to have a product to use specifically for scars. Two months before she had gotten the dog bite, I cut my finger open slicing an avocado. I needed stitches for the first time ever. After she had her dog bite and we bought Mederma®, I began using it on my own wound. It was my wedding ring finger and I needed it to be smaller and less prominent! It is now.
My sisters are my best friends. Putting together New Mom gift baskets for them, would set the stage for how I’d celebrate other new moms in my life too. As a mom myself, I know how important it is to get personal with your new mom/baby gifts:
1. Consider a gift card to something that will make the new mom’s (and dad’s) life so much easier. The sky is the limit. A favorite restaurant? A gas card? Grocery store? I generally do a certificate for a free newborn photography session.
2. Protein bars or any kinds of snacks. The new mom (and dad) will need this!
3. Organize a meal train on the new family’s behalf.
4. If the new mom is breastfeeding, many appreciate Mother’s Milk or an other kind of lactation tea.
5. Magazines and books.
6. Undergarments, liners or pads for bladder leakage. (trust me on this)
8. Cozy socks and a personal onesie or outfit for the baby, preferably in an bigger size. (6 – 12 months, or more)
9. Freshly baked cookies!
10. Mederma® products. Mederma® products are the premiere scar treatment and stretch mark treatment solutions.
The sky is the limit with the gifts for the new mom in your life, but the emphasis should be on personal care, which is why it’s such an inclusive list. We got our Mederma® products in the First Aid section at Walmart.