The safe arrival of your new ‘bundle of joy’ is a time for celebration! After all, this is a life-changing event. You have become a parent and welcomed a new little person into the world!
But how can you celebrate this super-exciting time in a way that isn’t exhausting for an already-tired mum and dad with a brand-new baby? Well, here are my recommendations!
Five ways to celebrate the birth of your baby
1. Have some alone time with you and the baby
Yes, everyone including grandma Joan, Auntie Carol, cousin Sarah and even the neighbours will be desperate to meet the new member of the family.
But remember that in the immediate aftermath of the birth, you shouldn’t feel guilty about having some uninterrupted bonding time with your new baby.
Get as much skin-to-skin time as you can in those early hours and days. Spend some quality time with you and your baby. It will be time well spent.
Celebrate the birth of your baby with cuddles, kisses and snuggles. Take it all in! Their smell, the softness of their skin, stroke their hair, and let them clasp their hand around your finger.
Enjoy all those deliciously special moments that you experience as a new parent and savour them.
Then, when you’re ready (and only when you’re ready), announce the exciting news and let your friends and family in on the celebrations!
2. Hold a small and informal baby shower event
Typically, a baby shower is an event held before the arrival of the baby. But there is no reason why you can’t have a small informal gathering after baby arrives.
Perhaps even get a ‘birth-day’ cake made, personalised with their name and birth date?
Here’s how an event like this could work.
- You invite a small crowd of friends and family, and together toast the birth of your baby.
- No need to put on food (guests will understand that you have better things to worry about than catering)
- Just have refreshments on hand – perhaps Prosecco for a celebratory toast?
This kind of one-off event is a great idea because you can control the visiting hours – make it clear that invited guests are all welcome, but only within set hours (perhaps even limit the entire event to one hour in total). Then, when that hour is up, everyone leaves!
Guests will likely have gifts to pass on and will love the chance to take a peek and perhaps have a quick cuddle with your new baby.
But the bonus for you is that if they attend the group event, they will be less likely to visit individually over the coming days. Leaving you and your new baby in peace, so you can relax and get to know each other without regular interruptions from individual visitors.
3. Plant a tree
This is a lovely way to celebrate the birth of your baby.
The seedling or small tree can be planted in your garden at home, perhaps alongside a plaque with your baby’s name and birth date. And you’ll have the joy of watching it grow over the years, as your baby will!
4. Hire a newborn photographer to take professional portraits
Hiring a professional newborn baby photographer, like me, and having photographs taken of your baby in their very first days of life is another great way to celebrate the birth of your baby.
Newborn portraits are typically done when the baby is approximately two weeks old or younger. That way, I can create you a series of portraits which are a permanent record of the adorable newborn stage – when your baby is curled up as they were in the womb, sleeping and peaceful.
Babies change so quickly and in a matter of weeks, your baby will have altered dramatically! I tell my clients, you only have one chance to capture beautiful newborn portraits. Don’t miss out!
And I would urge anyone planning to have a newborn photoshoot to book it well in advance, otherwise, you risk there not being a slot available on the dates you need.
Professional baby portraits by Bundles of Joy Photography are a great way to celebrate the birth of your new baby, and are an investment that my clients tell me they have never regretted! The photographs will be something you look back on in years to come.
5. Keepsake jewellery and baby castings
As well as newborn photography, there are other lovely ways to capture the newborn phase and to celebrate the birth of your baby. Have you heard of keepsake jewellery?
Keepsake jewellery are beautiful items of jewellery that are unique and personal to you, with great sentimental value. They can feature your baby’s name and perhaps even their birth date and weight, or their birthstone, or even their footprint?
Similarly, you could get your baby’s hands and feet cast. The casts can be turned into charms for a bracelet or necklace, or they can be mounted and framed. As with professional newborn photographs, the cast becomes a permanent momento of your baby as a newborn.
This is a lovely way of celebrating your baby’s arrival – something you could buy yourself or for your partner. Or if you’re a family member or friend of the new mum, either buy them a casting session with a local maker or contribute vouchers towards to the total cost of the finished product – they’ll love you for it!
If you are already a parent, how did you celebrate the birth of your baby? Do please let me know in the comments below.
And if you’d like to enquire or book a newborn photoshoot with me, please contact me as soon as possible on 07973 939 522, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or complete this contact form to secure your slot.
Thanks for reading,