I have nieces and nephews and love being an 'aunt'. If you've recently become an aunty or uncle congratulations! The chances are that you’re super excited about the birth or your new niece or nephew, and can’t wait to celebrate with the proud new parents. The good news is that there are plenty of ways that you can help the new parents celebrate, it’s just a case of choosing the right one. (Don’t forget to include the new dad in the celebrations, as often, dads can feel a little left out.)
Whether you choose to give the new parents a gift or opt to host them a little party, it’s up to you. Think about their likes and dislikes, and how they would enjoy celebrating. Would they prefer a family meal, a gift or a small party with their closest friends? Remember, it’s about them and their little one, and that’s all that matters.
To help you celebrate the arrival of your niece or nephew, I thought that I would share a few ideas with you. Hopefully, one of these will be perfect for celebrating the arrival of your newest family member.
Celebrate in style
First things first, wet the baby’s head. This is a must; every baby needs to be toasted with a bottle of bubbly. There are so many options when it comes to marking the arrival of your newest family member. However, what you do depends on how the parents fancy celebrating.
If they like to party, why not host a little get-together for all their nearest and dearest? This could be a few drinks at a local pub or dinner at their favourite child-friendly restaurant. Do whatever the new mum and dad fancy. If they already have other children, don’t forget to include them as well.
Or, if they prefer quieter and more intimate celebrations, why not host a family meal. Invite all of your closest family over to your home and cook a meal to celebrate the arrival of your niece or nephew. This will give everyone a chance to see the new addition, and will give the new parents a bit of a break from baby duty.
If the new parents don’t want any fuss, why not make up a little box of treats for them and pop it through their door? Add a homemade cake, some snacks and some lovely homemade food to keep them going. Oh, and don’t forget a bottle of bubbly.
Pick a present that’s personal
If you don’t have the time (or money) to organise any big event, that’s okay. A beautiful gift will be just as appreciated by the new parents, especially if it’s something that they need or that is a keepsake.
Think of an original gift that the new parents can keep for many years to come. Perhaps something homemade could be ideal? How about making your new niece or nephew a patchwork quilt or a personalised baby blanket? Or what about a DIY teddy bear? Sometimes, homemade gifts are the best ones.
If you’re not the DIY type, have a look online at baby gift sites like Bubbalove to find the perfect gift. By shopping around on various sites, you can get an idea of what’s available and what would make a good gift. Even if you opt to buy the gift, instead of making it, you can still get something personal. It’s just a case of being smart about what you buy.
Make memories as a family
Those first few weeks after a little one is born will fly by, and he or she will grow quickly. While the parents might have arranged a newborn photo shoot for their new arrival, why not organise a family shoot? Get the whole family together for a big family photo to mark the birth of your niece or nephew. As well as having a whole family picture, you could also get the photographer to get some other photos. How about all the cousins together? Or what about the grandparents and the new baby?
When it comes to picking a baby photographer, make sure to do your research first. Ask for recommendations from other new parents or book the photographer that you used for your own baby’s pictures. Don’t book the shoot for a set date, allow the new parents to set the perfect time themselves.
Put one of these ideas into practice, and you can show the new parents just how excited you are about the new addition.