welcoming home a new baby


Don’t be the visitor that they don’t want to invite back for a second time by bringing the wrong gift…like these gifts to avoid.

I know you have good intentions and I will help steer you in the right direction the next time you’re visiting a family to welcome home a new baby.

(Because we can’t not visit! A new baby is like a breath of fresh air we all want to inhale and hold!)

So let’s set the bar straight so you can surprise the family with the perfect gift by avoiding THESE 3 gift ideas…

(Believe me, you’ll thank me later!)

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1) A Meal Kit

Despite what Sunflower Motherhood says, this is a terrible gift for a family welcoming home a new baby! The exception here is if you know the parent(s) want to cook themselves and need something simpler than planning it themselves. But for the majority of families, just bring them a meal ready-to-eat! 

Quite literally, new parents’ plates are full! The last thing they’ll want to do with a new baby when they’re tired and hungry is to try and focus on following instructions on how to prepare ingredients to make a meal. 

They have enough to do already; skip the meal kit and pick up a couple of frozen go-to’s, food from their favorite restaurant, or get creative and cook up something they’ll love (so they don’t have to).

For the sake of their mental health, save your money and ditch the meal kit idea. That’s certainly ONE gift to avoid!

2) A Craft Kit – definite gifts to avoid!

If you know one of the parents really, really wants to craft at this time, go for it. Otherwise, it’s another gift to avoid for a family welcoming home a new baby.

A gift that could potentially contain:

  • Craft paint
  • Small paint brushes
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Pom Poms

Is bound to just go into the attic or be repurposed for someone else.

Not that there isn’t time for family fun, but families just welcoming home a new baby probably don’t have things involving paint or a glue gun at the top of their list.

(Again, unless you know a parent that’s dying to get their hands on a craft kit, avoid this gift altogether!)

3) Babysitting service for a month

Nothing says, “Welcome Home Baby” more than buying them a babysitter for a month.

(Joking of course!)

Even if you mean well if you don’t want things to get awkward, fast, avoid this gift. Because if they aren’t ready to turn their baby over to a sitter…this gift will go to waste. Save this for when they’re ready to go out in a few months

Even if they were ready for a sitter, a lot goes into selecting one that’s the best fit for them and their baby — a decision only the family should make.

It’s not that a family welcoming home a new baby is not appreciative of the time and effort that goes toward any gift —

Because they really are…

New parents just don’t want to end up with giant storage containers (or email inbox) full of things that will never see the outside world.

Can you blame them?

If you insist on gift-giving, put your money towards a gift that is practical, non-labor intensive (and certainly not one of the 3 gifts to avoid mentioned above).

You may not know it, but the family thanks you in advance!

***Be sure to share this with someone you know who may need a gift idea for a family welcoming home a new baby!***