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Practical Tips for Supporting New Parents Beyond Gifts

Hello, fabulous souls! As we enter this cozy winter season, I’ve noticed something quite heartwarming in my community—expectant parents are everywhere! The anticipation of welcoming a new family member is simply palpable. Amidst this joyful time, I can’t help but reflect on the outpouring of love and support for these growing families.

Expectant parents photographed by Four Souls Photography
Family Maternity sessions Four Souls Photography
Pregnant women in front of a window

One thing I’ve observed over time is how eager friends and family members are to visit the hospital or the homes of these new parents. It’s not just to get a peek at the adorable little bundle of joy but also to indulge in those coveted baby cuddles! While it’s an exciting time for everyone, it’s also a phase that can overwhelm new parents. So let’s dive into how we can do better supporting new parents.

Fresh 48 Newborn session by Four Souls Photography
Four Souls Photography Newborn
In-home Newborn Session | Four Souls Photography
Hospital room Four Souls Photography

Today, I want to have a heart-to-heart about ways we can support our dear friends and family members during this monumental transition. Beyond the adorable onesies and baby toys, there’s a world of thoughtful gestures that can make a real difference in their lives. So, let’s delve into a few invaluable ways on supporting to new parents during these precious early days.

Provide Entertainment: Offer to help with entertainment or activities. For example, if the family has older kids, suggesting taking them out for a fun activity could be a welcomed break for everyone. Additionally, this will allow you with some one-on-one time with your newborn.

Park play time | Four Souls Photography

Coordinate a Meal Train or Homemade Meals: Organize a meal train where friends and family sign up to deliver meals on different days. This helps create a schedule of meal deliveries and ensures the family receives ongoing support. Consider cooking or bringing a ready-to-eat meal for the new parents. Having a homemade dinner or some nutritious snacks can be a lifesaver in those initial days.

Assist with Pet Care: If the family has pets, offering to walk the dog, clean the litter box, or even arrange pet daycare can relieve some of their responsibilities.

Pet friendly family photography | Four Souls Photography

Gift Certificates or Subscriptions: Consider giving gift cards or subscriptions that could be helpful to the family, such as for cleaning services, grocery delivery, or a streaming service. These can be especially handy in the early days when time is limited.

Living Room | Four Souls Photography
Bedroom | Four Souls Photography

Take Care of Household Chores: Pitch in with tasks like laundry, dishes, or tidying up the house. Even a little help can significantly reduce the workload for new parents.

In home | Four Souls Photography
Clean Kitchen | Four Souls Photography

Grocery Shopping: Run an errand to the grocery store. Stocking up on essentials or getting fresh produce is a great help, especially when parents are adjusting to the new routine.

Give Them a Chance to Rest: Suggest taking over while the parents catch a nap or enjoy a relaxing shower. Sometimes, this brief respite can feel like a blessing.

Supporting New Parents
Supporting New Parents Lifestyle | Four Souls Photography

Hydration and Nutrition: Keep them especially momma hydrated by refilling water bottles or bringing them their favorite beverages. Consider providing nutritious snacks or making sure they’re eating well amidst the busyness.

Hydration | Four Souls Photography

Offer Company and Support: Simply being there to talk, lend an empathetic ear, or share their joy and concerns can make a huge difference.

Gift of Time: Offer your time to assist with various tasks they might need help with, like organizing or decluttering, without pressure.

Supporting New Parents

So, as we wrap up these thoughtful tips, let’s remember that support comes in various forms, and it’s the simple acts of kindness that truly make a difference. Whether it’s giving a hand with chores, preparing a meal, or simply offering your time, these gestures speak volumes to new parents. Join me over on the gram.

And hey, if you’re expecting or know someone who is, and you’d like to capture those tender, authentic moments with your new little one, consider booking a Fresh 48 or an in-home lifestyle session. Remember, these precious early days will fly by in the blink of an eye, and preserving these memories is priceless. Feel free to reach out and inquire about our baby plans too!

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Hi beautiful soul! I’m so happy to have you here. I’m Stacy the owner of Four Souls Photography, celebrating all stages of life—be it the excitement of maternity, the tender beginnings of newborns, the vibrant energy of families, the milestones of high school seniors, or the empowering journeys of female small business entrepreneurs. I’m dedicated to crafting timeless portraits that narrate your unique journey. I hope you enjoyed this post on “Practical Tips for Supporting New Parents Beyond Gifts”. If you are eager for more information let’s connect. Not quite ready… stay up-to-date and get the scoop on when the calendar opens up. Get on the VIP newsletter list for sneak peeks, special offers, and insider info on upcoming sessions.




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  1. Alison Bell says:

    Stacy, these are beautiful images! I love how you make mundane daily tasks pretty!

  2. Your photos are beautiful! I love your note on bringing new parents some home cooked meals. Great ideas!

  3. Charis says:

    This list is awesome! So many thoughtful things to do for new parents!

  4. Great tips for supporting mom, we have to remember sometimes it take a village and accepting support is key.

  5. These are all such thoughtful ways to support new parents. Love that you are thinking outside the box with ways to show support that go beyond just buying stuff for them.

  6. Jeni says:

    These are all so good! The pet care one is definitely something I’ve never thought of.

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