Baby Gift Delivery Etiquette
Last year my friend had a beautiful baby girl. While in the hospital she received many wonderful baby gifts as well as flowers, balloons and gift baskets. She was very thankful that so many of her friends and family had sent her gifts, but she was overwhelmed by the sheer volume! There wasn’t much room for her visitors to walk or sit in her hospital room. When it came time to check out, her husband had to make a few trips back and forth to the car with armloads of baby gifts including baby gift baskets for siblings. That put a bit of a damper on such a happy day. Keeping their experience in mind, I have come up with some pointers on when is the optimal time and manner to send a new Mommy a gift.
Generally, it is not a good idea to send the gift to the hospital. Aside from the inconveniences mentioned above, there are many other issues that could arise. In our business, we have spent a considerable amount of time tracking down packages and attempting to re-route them to the recipient’s home. The main cause of the trouble is the quick release of patients. Nowadays women only spend a day or two recovering in the hospital and that makes for a small window of opportunity in which the basket can be delivered. Also keep in mind that the gift would have to go through the mail room, where there can be various delays. So even if the package does get to the hospital in time, there is no guarantee that the patient will actually receive it before they are discharged. In general, it is a better idea to send the package to Mommy’s home.
Depending on the person, it might also be a good idea to wait a week or so to send your gift. It is such a hectic time for a new Mommy and it is easy for her to get overwhelmed. The last thing you want is for your gift to get lost in the shuffle.
Quite often the baby gifts are sent to Dad’s office to avoid disturbing Mother and Baby at home. While this is a good idea, you should first make sure that he will be at work. Dads often take a few days off (or even take paternity leave) and sending the gift to the office wouldn’t be a good option in that case. When we design baby gift baskets, as much care that goes into creating the gift should also go into how/when the recipient will receive their gift!