Push presents, are gifts that you usually gift to the mom after she delivers the baby. Can I be honest to let you know that I have not heard of such a thing until I was pregnant with my first child?
My husband’s coworker asked him if he was going to get me a push present. We had to look it up.
Gift ideas such as jewelry or shoes or expensive gifts come up on the list. If your love language is giving and your spouse is receiving, these are great ideas. However, I believe that gifts do not have to be expensive to be meaningful, especially during a time like this.
In this blog post, I will share with you 8 push present ideas that are not only for moms, but also for dads or the family. Adding a member to your family is a gift in itself, but if you want to do something special or give something special, here are some ideas for you.
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Here are 8 unique push present ideas:
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1. Meal after birth
As a currently pregnant woman (with our #2 baby), there are a number of restrictions when it comes to our meals. No sushi, no raw, and other restrictions that you or your doctor might tell you to avoid for the baby’s health and development.
A great push present is to plan for a wonderful meal after giving birth.
It does not have to be a surprise, you can ask her (pregnant mom/wife) what she wants to eat after giving birth. What does she crave for?
One thing to note is that if she is planning to breastfeed, she might only be able to eat or drink that craving after she breastfeeds. Again, this depends on what the food or drink is. Consult your health care provider if you are not sure whether it is fine for the mom to have that meal.
I’ve heard that some women might be craving burger or sushi. That is totally up to her unless you have a strict diet to follow after birth.
For me, my family has these Asian traditions where I am only allowed to eat or drink certain things for the month postpartum. It is not the tastiest (in my opinion), but it helps with restoring my body with nutrients and energy to take care of the baby. So, I had a request for sushi a month after giving birth.
It was AMAZING.
So, have that meal as a push present with no guilt.
2. Newborn Photography Session
This push present can be a splurge depending on your budget. A photography session, whether for your newborn or for the family (if you have other children), is a wonderful memory for all of you.
Babies grow up so fast and we can miss the moments when they were born. Maybe, not miss the part when they wake up every few hours during the night.
Hiring a newborn photographer or a family photographer in your local area also saves you money if they do not need to travel far. Also, it is helping small business owners in your area or City.
If you are planning to hire someone for a photography session, do plan ahead of time. Do your research, call them up, and decide on one so that they can book a time slot and be prepared around the time that you are due.
3. Coupon book
Another nice push present is a coupon book for the mom or dad. This allows them to be able to claim whatever that you want to give them without feeling the guilt of asking since it is a present.
Here are some ideas of what you can include in your coupon book:
- One hour massage
- One hour alone time
- Take out of favorite food
- Romantic date (with or without babysitter)
- Breakfast in Bed
4. Baby Memory book
Along with creating memories with the photography session, another way to remember the precious moments with the baby is with a baby memory book.
A baby memory book is a book that you can fill out with different memories of the baby.
These are some examples:
- Bringing baby home experience
- The baby’s likes and dislikes
- Funny moments as a baby
- When the baby first sits up
- Crawling for the first time!
Etsy is a great place to buy these baby memory books. They have a range of styles and prompts to help encourage the parents to write down these memories.
Babies grow up pretty fast and as parents, we can forget all the little moments. So, this book is a great push present to get parents excited to write down all the beautiful moments they have with their little one.
5. Custom gown or mask
Hospital gowns are okay. They are not pajamas, but it works for what you need it to be. A push present could be a customize hospital gown and/or mask for the mom.
Yes, I have to add the option of masks since we are in the middle of a pandemic and have to wear a mask when we deliver a baby.
You can check out Etsy for the different options of hospital gowns that the pregnant mama can wear after checking in. Also, check with the hospital or health care provider if you can wear your own gown.
After wearing the gown to deliver the baby, she can also wear it at home as a nursing pajama.
You can choose her favorite color or maybe a favorite pattern (floral, stripes, etc.) that she likes to wear. There are a lot of options on Etsy so do check these gowns out here!
6. Handwritten note
The simplest and most heart warming push present can be your handwritten note.
Whether it is from dad to mom, or mom to dad, or grandma to mom, write a note of appreciation and excitement for the future.
Here are some ideas of what you can write:
- How proud you are of the person
- Appreciate what they do (carrying the baby, listening to your complaints, massaging your back)
- How you feel and end on a positive note
The most important thing is that you are doing this together and you can overcome any challenges that may come your way. Don’t worry, as parents, you may think you are prepared, but really, each child is different even within the same family. You’ll figure it out as you go.
You’ve got this!
7. Chores at home
As new parents, life with a newborn can be quite tiring. Whether it is the constant feeding, changing, burping, and figuring out what the newborn likes and does not like, it can leave little time for other things.
A push present could be to prepare meals or even freezer meals that are easy to heat up. If the spouse is able to prepare dinner, the mom does not need to worry about that part of her day. It’ll make her life a little easier.
Helping out with chores or delegating it to other children in the family can also really help the mom to focus on the newborn baby and taking care of herself.
If you are able to afford it, maybe hire a cleaning person to come once a week. You can also share the cost with a neighbor if the cleaning person charges a set fee for the whole day. They can clean both yours and your neighbor’s house if it helps lower the cost for both of you.
Every little bit helps.
8. One luxurious baby item
Last, but not least, a push present could be a splurge on a baby item.
Maybe there is an item that she would love to buy, but is a little out of the budget. You can buy it for her, or even share the cost with family members or friends who might want to buy a gift for the baby.
Everyone’s budget is different, so save up if you know that you would like to buy that item for her and try to get it when it goes on sale.
I hope that you enjoyed reading this list of push present gift ideas and found inspiration for the perfect gift. Let me know if you have more ideas to add to the list, I would love to hear from you.
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