There are moments in life where no matter how badly you want to help someone, their inability to reach out, or your own fear of hurting their pride might get in the way of your good intentions. Situations like having a newborn might not be considered dangerous or that needs immediate help; but can still benefit from a little support. Here’s how you can support a new family, in a subtle manner.
The food and the diapers
It’s no secret that in most parts of the world, diapers and newborn food, especially formula, tends to be on the pricy side. This is especially true when it comes to the imported, high quality items. If your newborn’s family is struggling to meet this expense, subtly slip it in with a few other groceries for the home; which you can deliver with the excuse of visiting the newborn. Be warned that even though you might be used to one brand (for example, Blackmores baby formula ) your new mama might not prefer it for her newborn. So always find out the brand beforehand.
Baby necessities – bottles, car seats, strollers
Say the family you want to support can afford to buy their own Bellamys infant formula, or they will be offended with such a gift. Then it’s best avoiding this sort of support. Instead, think of giving them a gift card from a baby store that sells quality baby products like milk bottles, pacifiers, teething aids, bath products and even quality towels/blankets. Alternatively, if you own newborn has just grow out of car seats or strollers, consider giving them as hand-downs. Be sure to do so only if they are still in good condition.
The increasing need for clothes
anyone with kids will agree that new parents spend a fortune on clothing for their newborn. After all, babies grow up fairly fast, and also manage to dirty themselves quite a lot despite being quite stationary for the first few months. In this case, opt out of giving hand-me-downs of your own kids. Instead, be that baby-adoring-neighbor who spoils the kid with clothes whenever they come along to see the newborn.
The gas involvement
Apart from clothes, your new newborn’s family will also be spending quite a bit on gas. Prior to the baby, they would have done only the unavoidable or long distant trips through their car; especially if they wanted to save gas money. But most new parents are afraid to and reluctant to take their newborn out using public transport. So everything including shopping for baby room things, groceries and even doctor’s visits will be done through their own vehicle. If they don’t have their own vehicle, offer to be their chauffeur until they think it’s safe to take their baby out using public transport; especially for doctor’s appointments.