Yes, baby showers are such a great way to spoil a new parent but… How much of what they receive is actually for them?
The time leading up to labour can be really exciting. Lots of nursery decorating, onesie admiring, belly loving and birth planning. However, not as much time is always spent by families focusing on the postpartum period and asking questions like, “What can I do to increase my milk supply if I feel like I’m not making enough?” or “What will be the best one-hand snacks for when I’m trying to feed baby and feed myself?” or even “What will my self-care look like once baby’s here?”
Welcome the Postpartum Care Package. A love-filled, slightly unglamorous but totally useful package of goodness for post-birth recovery.
If you’re making one yourself, it’s easy to customize it based on what the person likes, what they are like and your budget. Be mindful that there are certain elements of the basket they may have to be prepared after the baby is actually born so if this is a gift you’re giving at the baby shower, you can find a creative way to present the basket to them but drop the finished basket off after the baby is born. Oh, and if you do that, the best of friends (or family) will drop the basket, ring the doorbell and leave. Give the new family some time and space and often that act of kindness brings you to the top of the list when guests are welcome.
So what do they include?
Sitz bath herb bundle + perineal spray OR a gentle healing balm. Include something healing for the perineal area or cesarean scar post-birth. This is one of those things that require you to wait until after the baby is born to prepare.
Hot/Cold pack. These are often something that a family swears they have but maybe can’t find when they need it. You can pop in a few of these just in case. Cold is great for aches or pain from where baby was born, and warm is great for soothing sore muscles.
Sports/nursing bra. It can be really nice to throw on something new after a shower in the weeks following childbirth. This goes both in the practicality section and self-care. (And this is also super easy to snoop for! Ask them if they’ve been looking at nursing bras and they’ll give you the low-down on what they’ve bought, what they’ve liked and what they don’t.)
A battery operated fan. Hormones are all over the map and with a baby stuck to you, it always isn’t easy to self-regulate temperature. They can keep it either bedside or at their nursing station and is just one less thing they ever have to worry about but will be grateful to have.
Snacks. You know what your friend will like so pack in a few of their favourite things. Nut blends are great, proteins bars are awesome, homemade cookies are even better. One-hand foods always get extra bonus points especially if they’re not crumbly or fumbly.
A gift certificate to get their nails done. For when they are ready to leave home. Give them something to look forward to that comes with zero strings attached, no pressure, and will be less than a two-hour event especially if they’ll be leaving baby behind when they go.
Self-care. What does your friend love? New pajamas? Baths? Smoothies? Magazines? Candles? This is the time to give them something that they will look forward to use themselves that is meant only for themselves.
I totally believe in the power of these gift baskets. I get to make them all the time for friends of friends and the messages after always confirm how loved they are. Tell me all about your friend and let’s put one together for her today!