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October 29, 2012

5 Best Gifts for Second-Time Around Parents

One of the nice things about having a second child (especially if they're the same gender as the first) is that you already have most of the gear. Stroller? Check. Bassinet? Check. Storage box full of teeny clothes? Check.

When we were expecting four years ago, I spent hours poring over Baby Bargains (great resource, btw!). I made and re-made lists of recommended baby gear, which we dutifully shopped around for or requested as shower gifts. Despite not having a baby registry or shower this time around, our friends and family managed to give us some of the best gifts ever. I thought I'd compile them into a top 5 list of gifts to get for second- (or third-, or fourth-!) time around parents.

1. Photography
We have ZILLIONS of pictures of Big N and I'd love to capture as many memories of Little N. I was thrilled when our friend Michelle showed up to visit with her fancy camera. We set out a blanket in the backyard and she snapped away. What a gift!

2. Meal deliveries
Any new parent will tell you what a life saver meal deliveries are! It's enough of a challenge to brush your teeth, much less cook a nutritious meal. Offer to coordinate meal deliveries or bring dinner over and your efforts will not soon be forgotten. The gorgeous dinner below is just one of many lovely meals we received.

3. Snacks for the nursing mom
I forgot how very hungry breastfeeding can make you! A few days after Little N was born, my mom accompanied us to the hospital for a breastfeeding checkup. Afterwards I was so ravenous we made a pit stop at In-n-Out for a "snack" (i.e. hamburger). Lunch was less than two hours away but I just Had. To. Eat. Bring a bag of snacks for mom and they will be gratefully devoured!

4. Babysitting
One of the biggest concerns for parents having their second is how the firstborn is going to react. Will they be crazy jealous? Feel left out? The day after Little N was born, our friends took Big N for a fun day out. Not only did this free us up, but it surrounded Big N with people who love him and gave him special attention.

5. Housecleaning
Our dear friends gave us a card saying they'd pay for a housecleaning session with their longtime cleaning lady. What!? Awesome. If you can't spring for a professional cleaning service, wash a sinkful of dishes, sweep the kitchen, or offer to take out the trash on your way out from visiting.

Veteran parents, what did I miss? I'd love to hear some of the more memorable gifts you've received.

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{Image of Baby N by Michelle Brenhaug, dishes image via Stevie's Tao, bowling image by A.S., edamame image via bites out of life}

11 comments:

  1. Those are some fabulous ideas, Charissa. It sure sounds like you're being well taken care of by friends and family!

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    1. Michele, we are spoiled and blessed.
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  2. That's such a good list! I especially like how accessible they all are as gifts - most are the gift of time, to the parents.

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    1. Anne, good point. Most of these do have to do with the gift of time...something that pretty much all parents of babies feel they don't have enough of!

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  3. I've done the photography, the cleaning, the babysitting! Your kiddos are beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much, Claudia! It sounds like your friends are lucky to have you. We've totally loved receiving each of these.

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  4. These are all great ideas, Charissa! At church, we've set up mealtrains (http://www.mealtrain.com/) for all the new momds, but the other ones were great ideas/reminders. I love how they're all fairly simple, too. :) It's nice to have a concrete way to help, too, because sometimes asking "How can I help?" can be overwhelming to the new parent/engaged person/sick person/other person you want to help out.

    And Little N looks like Big N did at his age! :)

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    1. Jessica, hi! Way to go supporting the new moms at church - I'm sure they are grateful (esp. knowing what a discerning palate you have). : )

      Good point about approaching anyone in a major life transition with a practical way to help...it's not just new parents who could use a helping hand!

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  5. I love the babysitting idea. All these will also help the new parents get some much needed sleep! The photos are beautiful. God bless you, Big N and Little N!:0D ~ Tina

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    1. Thank you, Tina! I really appreciate it.

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  6. you are loved! i thought this was a great practical post.

    i want to see the photos that were taken!

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