Celebrating a New Baby When They're Far Away
There’s a new baby in the family and you can’t wait to welcome the new addition. If the new family lives far away, it may be months or even years before you meet the new arrival in person. Even though you can’t be present for this big event, you can show how much you care with a carefully chosen gift.
Below are some suggestions on how to bond with a new baby long-distance.
1. Stay Connected Through Video Calls
Newborns change so quickly during the first few months of life. FaceTime is a popular source for interacting with babies and the new parents. It also helps you build relationships through various activities, such as reading to the new baby.
Reading to babies is such an important bonding experience. It also helps them begin to learn the basics of language and communication. Thanks to modern technology, you don’t have to be there to read them their favourite stories. FaceTime is just one option. Others include Facebook Messenger, Zoom, Google Meet, and Skype. And if live chat isn’t possible, your phone is the next best thing.
2. Make the Distant Family Part of Regular Events
It's easy to miss family events when you're far away. What new mum doesn't want to show her beautiful baby off to the rest of their family? Think of ways to make the new baby a part of every celebration. Add the baby’s name to a Christmas tree ornament to hang alongside the rest of the family’s names. Set out pictures of the baby at events they can’t attend in person. It will help make them part of the memories shared in photos and scrapbooks. It also makes a cheerful background setting for those times you share a video call.
3. Keep up with important milestones
Most parents love sharing the details of their baby’s life with everyone they are close to. Whether it’s getting their first tooth or saying their first word, every event is important. Consider sending the parents a baby book so they can record every important moment in their baby’s life. You can even get a second book to keep your own records. A beautiful baby book makes a treasured keepsake for baby, parents, and grandparents alike.
4. Send cards for every occasion
Greeting cards make an affordable and entertaining way to keep in touch. Start by congratulating the new parents on their baby boy or girl with a heartfelt message. Any day is a good occasion for a greeting card when there’s a new baby in the family!
5. Be flexible
Things don’t always go according to plan, especially when there’s a baby involved! Even if you schedule your calls, there are times when unexpected matters come up. Don’t expect every call to go exactly as planned.
6. Find the right presents
When you’re sending presents long-distance, you need to put a lot of thought into choosing the right things. The best gifts for the newborn are functional for the parents and enjoyable for the baby.
A baby gift hamper is an ideal choice for a welcome home gift. A hamper contains a variety of items such as clothing, toys, books, and more. A hamper with a children’s book is great for years of reading enjoyment.
More ideas for celebrating a baby’s long-distance arrival
Nothing means more to new parents than receiving a thoughtful gift from a loved one. The same is true whether you are next door, in another state, or another country.
There is a lot to choose from with a baby gift hamper. If you can't find exactly what you're looking for, consider adding individual products for a custom arrangement.