My friend is having twins in a few weeks. She already has a three-year-old so her family is going to be very busy. As a mom myself, I know that parents are often in survival mode when they have a new baby. Although I often buy shower gifts for the baby, sometimes I forget about the parents. These five survival kit gift ideas will help parents during those first very difficult, yet joyous, weeks.
Survival Snack Kit
Even with an eight-month-old, I sometimes have trouble finding time to eat. That is why I keep a lot of fruit, protein bars and veggies in the house. A snack kit should have plenty of non-perishable, high nutrient food. Nuts, dried fruit and dark chocolate are good starts. A snack kit can be put in a reusable lunch sack or a brown paper bag dressed up with a bow and a label entitled "Survival Snack Kit."
Survival Delivery Kit
Delivering a baby is not an easy feat. Although the hospital provided most of my needs, things like an aromatherapy hot sock, fuzzy socks and hair bands are all thoughtful things for a delivery kit. For dad, some instant coffee, healthy snacks, lip balm and mints are a nice gesture. These items can be placed in a diaper bag or a fabric gift bag.
Survival Pampering Kit
After having my first child, I remember having dry patches on my knees. After the arrival of a baby, it's important for parents take care of themselves. Lotion, essential oil, nursing balm and face cleansing wipes are great essentials. Body scrub, nail polish and some decadent candy are some fancier choices. For the dads, mouthwash, shaving cream, a high quality shaver and some sweets are good picks. A pampering kit is presented nicely in a basket.
Survival Dinner Kit
Who has time to cook with a new baby in the house? Before preparing this kit, you should find out if the family has any allergies and food likes/dislikes. Then, present the food in a "Tupperware tower" with a main course, side and dessert. It's also nice to provide paper plates and cups along with plastic utensils for the family. This way, there aren't any dirty dishes to clean.
Funny Survival Kit
Sleepless nights can lead to stressed out parents. Funny kits often have items with a note explaining the choices. For instance, you could enclose earplugs: for the crying. Air freshener: to help with the stinky diaper smell. Deodorant: in case you don't have time for a shower. Baby Wipes and diapers: because you can never have enough. A laundry basket or toolbox is a great way to showcase this gift.