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Regardless of what’s going on in the world, babies are always going to be born. I don’t know about you but I’ve seen ENDLESS pregnancy announcements on social media over the last year. People having more sex during lockdown? Who knows. But there’s nothing than brings a little hope back into our lives than a beautiful new born baby!
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Throughout lockdown 1.0, my boyfriend’s cousin had a baby and had to give birth at home, without pain relief. Then in January, another of his cousins had a baby too. So there’s definitely been a bit of baby fever in the family recently! Me next? Who knows! I wouldn’t oppose the idea, though!
2020 (and 2021 so far, it would seem) has been such a stressful time in our lives. I really do take my metaphorical hat off to women who have been pregnant during this time and how they’ve coped with the COVID risk and keeping themselves, their families and unborn babies safe. As well as potentially having to go to appointments and staying in hospitals without their partners their by their side. I don’t know how they did it.
In today’s post, I want to talk about some ways in which you can support expecting mum’s during this period in lockdown and during the pandemic. Pregnancy is undoubtedly a very emotional and draining journey and with a pandemic on top of that, we really do need to look out for those around us.
Here are some ways in which you can support the expecting mum’s in your life during lockdown!
Don’t meet them unless it’s safe to do so…
Who’d have thought I’d be starting this post with the advice of DON’T VISIT THEM. Only in this decade would that advice seem totally normal. But seriously, at the time of writing this, we’re in lockdown 3.0 here in the UK and deaths and infection rates are still sky high. It’s still SO important for us to keep distant and stay at home as much as possible.
So if your friend is pregnant during this time, as much as you might want to run round to their house and give them a massive hug, please don’t. The best thing you can do is NOT see them and risk exposure. Perhaps if they’re comfortable with it you can meet outside for a walk whilst keeping a safe distance.
Send a gift from The Baby Hamper Company instead!
If you can’t see them, then sending them something so they know you’re thinking about them and celebrating their amazing news is the next best thing. A hamper from The Baby Hamper Company could be the perfect option! Their beautiful hampers are completely affordable and a perfect gift for the new baby. Let’s take a look at a few of them!
Baby Boy’s Hamper – £25.00
The baby boy hamper contains sweet little products which are both practical and super cute for the new baby boy. You’ll receive (or the expecting Mum will receive) a sleep-suit, a bodysuit and a little dinosaur soft toy in this particular hamper.
Baby Girl’s Hamper – £25.00
This one is catered more towards girls (although obviously any child could use and receive it) and again contains a sleep-suit, a bodysuit, a toy and a muslin cloth as well.
Pure White Baby Hamper – £25.00
If you’re after something more gender neutral then you might want to go for the pure white baby hamper instead. This one contains a sleep-suit, baby hat, muslin cloth and a lovely sachet of Corrine Taylor bath salts which are scented with soothing essential oils.
Make sure they know you’re available for a chat
Pregnancy can be a very draining thing at the best of times, with lots of emotions cropping up all over the place. Add lockdown and a freaking pandemic on top of that and it wouldn’t be at ALL surprising if expecting parents are feeling a bit overwhelmed during this time. Make sure your expecting friend or family member knows that you’re always available for a chat or a face time
Treat them to some self care gifts for themselves
We often think of buying gifts for the baby but don’t forget that the expecting mum needs some SERIOUS self care during this period too. So perhaps consider creating them a lovely pamper box or self care kit for them to use and indulge in and give themselves a little TLC during this time of their lives!
Arrange a virtual baby shower
And finally for the ultimate way to spoil an expecting mum during lockdown would be to organize a virtual baby shower with their close friends and family! Of course it’s never going to be the same as you all meeting up in person but it’s the next best thing and you can still make it mega fun with games and quizzes.
This is a really great post! My sister is pregnant and nearly due and what you’ve said is so important and helpful x
I’m glad! Congrats to her!
This will be such a helpful post for people expecting a baby during lockdown! It must be so difficult for them not being able to social with anyone or show their bump off, but I’m sure this post will help a lot <3 x
I can’t imagine how hard it’s been for pregnant women!
Fantastic suggestions. My sister in law is currently pregnant and we haven’t been anywhere near her since Xmas. That might sound awful, but we both work with the public and it’s just safer this way. With that being said I’ve already started planning for the arrival of my FIRST nephew!!
It doesn’t sound awful at all – it sounds very safe and sensible!
What a lovely post The Baby Hamper company sound great for distanced gifts that can be sent in the post! I also love the idea of a virtual baby shower!
I agree! I’d love to go to a virtual shower!
We did a virtual baby shower for my brother, he lives in a different country so unfortunately we couldn’t see him during the lockdown period to arrange anything! Thanks for sharing these tips x
Awh I bet that was cute!
As you know Jenny, I’m pregnant and it has been hard not having my hubby with me for appointments! I have a few people give me some gifts for baby, which is nice but to be honest, I wouldn’t mind a gift or two for myself! But honestly, the support of family and friends has been amazing and really helped through this time.
Hope you’re looking after yourself as much as possible!
Ahh these are such lovely ideas. These gifts are so cute – definitely a company I’ll keep in mind the next time I know someone who is expecting. The self-care for the mum-to-be is also such a good idea!
It really is! Mum’s need a ton of self care!
These are some wonderful gifts for pregnant mums during lockdown! A hamper would be fabulous
Mel 🌙 | Moonlight Mel
It really would, wouldn’t it?
I was pregnant during Covid/lockdown and had my son on December 21st! These tips are very thoughtful. ❤️
Oh wow, congratulations!
Aw! I love this. A few acquaintances of mine have done pregnancy announcements and I just send some nice messages congratulating them! These are great ways to support expecting moms! Thanks for sharing x
Congrats to them! 🙂
Such great advice! Two of my friends have just had babies and one has just announced she’s pregnant, giving me all the feels haha.
Thank you for sharing Jenny X
Kate | kindlyk.co.uk
Haha right, me too!
These are some great ideas Jenny. One of my friends is expecting in May, so we haven’t been able to do any of the usual things you would do. Having a virtual baby shower is a fab idea..might just suggest this. I alsowant to make the baby something, but the whole situation going on makes me hessitant…I wouldn’t want to pass anything on to them unknowingly!
Thanks for sharing!
Perhaps make something now and keep it like “quarantined” for a couple of weeks before you send it and tell them to keep it quarantined when they receive it? I know it’s such an ordeal isn’t it!
Such a a heartwarming post to read this morning! You are right…there is nothing in the world like the birth of a brand new baby! Given the circumstances, virtual showers are such a nice thing. Showering the mom to be with something personal is also a great idea. One thing is for sure; new moms and moms to be should be celebrated…They need love and support more than ever in the midst of this global pandemic.
They definitely should be! I agree 🙂
Great post! I honestly can’t keep up with the amount of people that I know that got pregnant in lockdown!
Hahaha same! Soooo many!
There’s so many added stresses with having a baby in this pandemic, such as the hospital risks and even down to family not potentially being able to look after other kids during labour. Lots of things we have little to no control over. But these options include some stuff we CAN control and I think it’s especially important for mums-to-be to know that they’ve got the support of genuine friends and family.
Thank you. Focusing on what we can control is really important. Honestly I don’t know how mum’s have done it during the pandemic!
Great tips, I love the idea of a self-care gift or a virtual baby shower, how cute! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Anika | chaptersofmay.com
I’d love to attend a virtual shower haha!
I agree that there’s baby fever in the air. I’m currently 24 weeks and due end of May. Both my SIL and husband’s friend are due in March.
Lots of babies a-coming!
A hamper is such a good idea! It definitely feels like everyone I know is having a baby at the moment, it’s gone crazy over the last year! It’s such an uncertain time though so I know I’d probably be feeling quite stressed if it was me. These are lovely ideas to support anyone expecting xx
Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk
Oh same. Now is NOT a time I want to be having a baby personally! Too much stress!
Love this sooo much!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Thank you 🙂 x
Thank you for sharing these, you don’t often find tips like this! So helpful, especially as a couple of my friends are pregnant! I have never been pregnant and I have NO idea where to start, appreciate the tips!xx
I’ve never been pregnant either and now during a pandemic is NOT the time I’d want to be!
This is great advice for anyone who knows or who is expecting right now, it’s quite an uncertain time for expectant mothers and it’s important to be there for them (safely from home of course) x
Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk
It really is. Honestly they’re absolute heroes!
No pregnancies in our family but my sister-in-law gave birth a few weeks into the first lockdown and I was so anxious about it! She had a beautiful baby girl who we still haven’t been able to meet which is so sad (since she’s about to turn 1!) but keeping everyone safe and healthy obviously takes priority.
Oh that’s so sad! Hopefully soon. It’s such a shame family are missing out on things like that!
My husband’s best friend had a baby in 2020, and I give her SO much credit for navigating that whole disaster with the additional stress of being pregnant. To make matters worse for us, they live in Michigan while we’re in Canada. Normally that wouldn’t be an issue as we’re in a border town and can make the trip to visit them in under an hour (pending border times) regularly. However, with the borders all closed, we still haven’t met our new little nephew. We did have a virtual baby shower for her and had gifts sent directly to them to try to make the best of the situation.
Ah that’s so lovely. Honestly I don’t know how mother’s have done it during the pandemic!
Those gift sets are really lovely gifts ideas. I don’t have any pregnant friends at the moment, but Christmas was full on baby fever! I suspect we will be seeing lots of announcements come April.
I am eagerly awaiting your announcement…. No pressure 😉
Hahahah no announcement from me just yet! The stress of being pregnant during a pandemic is just not worth thinking about tbh!
Lovely post ❤️ I am sure that the support of family and friends is going to be essential
Thanks for sharing
It really will be 🙂
Great post! I think this must be such a difficult time to be pregnant as there are so many things to stress about in the current situation. However, I loved how positive this post was, and these are gorgeous ideas for supporting and treating an expectant mother 🙂 thanks for sharing x
Thank you 🙂 I tip my hat to any pregnant mother’s during this time!
This was such a great read! I have seen so many pregnant announcements too this past year. I love the idea of baby hampers, something for their self care and a virtual baby shower! It must be a total rollercoaster being pregnant right now, but I am sure that the support of friends and family it can make it easier a bit x
I know right. Mother’s really need so much support right now!
A really wonderful post. I’ve had two cousins have babies during this pandemic and haven’t been able to meet the new additions to the family but this is a lovely post with tones of helpful ways you can still support new and expectant Mums and Dads!
That’s such a shame. Hopefully soon!
This is such a lovely post and I agree that baby fever seems to be everywhere! Those hampers are absolutely gorgeous and would make such a lovely gift so thank you for sharing!
Tash – A Girl with a View
It really does. People don’t have anything else to do hahaha xD
Such a wonderful post!
Thank you 🙂