Not sure what to bring when you visit a new mum and dad? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! These simple, thoughtful goodies will make you a rockstar among visitors.
Got Milk? If you’re a new parent, probably not. There are so many people dropping around to see the baby and they all want tea, so milk is at a premium. Super easy, super thoughtful.
2. Lactation Cookies
If you’re bringing milk, it just feels right to bring cookies. Lactation cookies are meant to boost milk supply and were most definitely invented by a very clever woman because new mums can eat as many as they like for the good of the baby. The best ones are choc chip and the beauty of them is that dad is scared to eat them in case his pecs start making milk. Delicious choc chip cookies that mum has to eat for the baby and dad won’t touch? Genius.
Every parent of a newborn underestimates the amount of nappies that babies need, simply because no one can actually believe something that small can create so much disgusting stuff. Save the day, bring nappies.
Do I need to explain this one? To a hormonal, emotional, sleep deprived mum chocolate is life.
She may not have had coffee for the last 9 months. She may not sleep for the next 9 months. She needs a caffeine IV in her arm but that will keep the baby awake so just a normal coffee will do. Dad could probably do with one too.
6. A Keep Cup
Hot beverage while breastfeeding – winner. Drinking hot liquid over a newborn baby? Not a great idea. At night a delicious hot chocolate while breastfeeding is amazing. A bit of sugar, a bit of warmth, a lot of comfort. Problem is the potential to spill on the baby. A good keep cup solves the problem. Even so, probably best for mum to drink to the side!
7. Ice blocks
In summer there is nothing better than a cold ice block while mum and her baby are literally stuck together feeding in the humidity. Ice blocks also serve another post birth function. If you don’t know what I’m talking about best not to ask. It might put you off having kids of your own.
News of the outside world is usually welcome by mums whose whole life revolves around milk, sleep (or lack thereof) and bodily fluids. Come armed with current affairs or just the local goss, whatever mum and dad are into, anything non-baby is awesome.
9. DVD series
You’d never think anyone could get through the entire Netflix catalogue until you have to spend hours and hours and hours breastfeeding. Series are great because mum can watch one episode a boob/feed. Dig out your old Buffy, Friends – anything familiar and light-hearted – and prepare to make mum’s day.
10. Just you
If you’re running late and you’ve lost your wallet and the dog ate your DVD’s, just bring you. It’s full on being a new parent and when mum and dad are ready, it’s great to pass the time with good friends.