5 Pregnancy Subscription Boxes That Make Great Gifts

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Getting surprise packages in the mail is so fun! I love finding new products through subscription boxes so now that I’m pregnant I started looking into subscription boxes made exclusively for those expecting babies. Here are five fun ones to check out:

Bump Boxes

Bump Boxes is a monthly subscription service that curates fun, healthy products for pregnancy and beyond. Their subscription can be started at anytime during pregnancy and continue all the way until the baby’s first birthday! Products are specific to pregnancy and once mom hits her due date the subscription transitions to both mom & baby products. The subscription is a discovery service tailored to Mom’s due date/baby’s birthday and includes a variety of different products. There are also “trimester” boxes available for ordering with specific items in each box that help with that specific trimester. Each subscription Bump Box contains 4-8 full size products, with a few fun extras sprinkled in.

You can learn more and subscribe at http://bumpboxes.com.

Mama Bird Box

Mama Bird Box is a fun, modern monthly subscription box for pregnant and new moms. Mama Bird boxes come with a mix of 4-6 pampering items. Each box has products that give attention to a pregnant or new mom’s specific needs for health, encouragement, and wellbeing.

You can learn more and subscribe at https://mamabirdbox.com/.

The Stork Bag

The Stork Bag® was created by a Mompreneur and comes each trimester of pregnancy. There is also a post-partum box available. Each subscription is sent in a reusable gift bag and filled with 8-12 useful products, ranging from full-sized to sample-sized. The Stork Bag even has their own line of branded products, including a Bellie Casting Kit and Stretch Mark butter, offered in the bags and individually on the website.

You can learn more and subscribe at https://www.thestorkbag.com.

The Ecocentric Mom Box

Expecting moms who are searching for eco-friendly products will be in love with this subscription box! Each box is guaranteed to contain 4-5 organic, natural and eco-lifestyle products with a minimum of $45 in retail value. The products- including beauty, bath, pregnancy, baby, home and snack- are all thoughtfully chosen for pregnant moms (and their little one) based on the mom’s due date or child’s birth date (up through age four).

You can learn more and subscribe at https://ecocentricmom.com.

9 to Nest

9 to Nest is a creative monthly gift subscription for expectant mothers-to-be that helps moms countdown the months until the baby arrives. The beautiful gifts are carefully selected and many are handmade exclusively for 9 to Nest. Each box comes with a special poem for the mom-to-be as well. Products are BPA free, PVC free and Phthalate free for your baby’s health and safety and all fabric items are machine washable for easy care.

Learn more and subscribe at https://www.9tonest.com.

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BONUS! Pregnant mamas will also love these FREE pregnancy gift boxes from Amazon Baby Registry and Noobie Box (just pay s&h).

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Fun Ways to Announce That You’re Expecting

(Disclosure: I am NOT pregnant…this is a guest post :) )

Announcing your pregnancy is an event in and of itself. Not only do you want to share it with your closest family and friends, but you also want to proclaim the good news to everyone via social media. Whether you just found out you are expecting your first little one, or baby number three is on the way, tell the world in a cute, creative way:

Send Cards in the Mail

Once you find out you are expecting, use the due date calculator from First Response to figure out when baby is set to arrive. Then create announcement cards to send out to family and friends. Photo cards are easy to make and can be created on many popular photo-sharing Web sites. Take a photograph of you holding up a chalkboard sign announcing your pregnancy and the baby’s due date, or pose for a picture holding a pair of baby booties in your hand for a more symbolic statement.

Photo of a couple with baby booties by thebaphotography via Flickr

Promote Your Older Child

Instead of simply stating that you have another baby on the way, make it a fun and exciting event for your first child. Create a sign together that announces your older child’s promotion to big brother or sister. Perhaps you could word the sign like this: “Michael is Being Promoted to Big Brother! He assumes his position around January 30, 2014.” Once the sign is complete, take a picture of your son holding it up. It’s the perfect photo to post on Facebook or Instag​ram, and offers a witty way to share the big news.

Photo of a big brother by bengrey via Flickr

Prepare a Slideshow for an Announcement Party

Gather your family members and favorite friends for a barbecue, but don’t tell them that there’s a special occasion. At the party, play a slideshow filled with pictures that hint at your pregnancy. One photo could be a picture of you with a jar of pickles in your hand and a bowl of ice cream on the counter. Another photo could be of your spouse reading a book about becoming a dad. Officially announce the pregnancy in the final photo on the slideshow. Hold up a sign that says, “We’re Expecting Baby #1 in January.” Everyone will get the message, and you’ll get to enjoy their reaction as they come to the realization that you’re eating for two at the event.

Take a Family Photo — And Say “We’re Pregnant!”

If you are sharing your pregnancy news at a family event, capture everyone’s reactions in the moment. Ask everyone to pose for a family photograph, and have your camera ready to snap. Instead of asking everyone to “Say Cheese,” announce your secret instead. Shout, “We’re pregnant!” and take the picture at the same moment to preserve the memory of everyone’s excitement for years to come. You’ll love looking back on the smiles, laughter, hugs and tears as your loved ones react to your announcement.

Photo of a family picture by Philms via Flickr

Give the Gift of a Baby Book

Present your spouse or your parents with a children’s book as a gift. Choose one that was special to you as a child, or one that you think your new baby will enjoy. On the inside of the book, write, “I can’t wait for you to read this to me this winter. Love, Baby.” This touching announcement is a subtle way to announce the baby’s impending arrival. It is sure to bring tears of joy to the recipient of the gift, whether it’s a new dad-to-be or an experienced grandma.

Photo of baby books by katerha via Flickr

About the author: Maria is devoted to contributing to her community’s art program, environmentalism, and being the best mom she can be to her twin boys. Writing is her favorite way to wind down after a hectic day.

March Updates…

Jacob and I have been sick a lot lately. I think I can count on my hands  the number of days that we both have been healthy these past two months. It’s very overwhelming being pregnant and sick and then on top of that having to deal with a sick child. It’s been very difficult for me to stay at home and not go anywhere because the days seem very long and I miss all of the social interaction I get from my mommy groups. Being sick has kept us at home a lot more and I have managed to do a few things with the limited energy and time I’ve had.

My updated March “goal” list:

JUST FOR ME

Get a haircut :) I had not had one since before Jacob was born so for at least 10 months! And I actually got a decent one instead of the cheap ones I normally get.

-Have a “me” day

-Be more positive

HEALTH

-Take my prenatal vitamin every day -so far I’ve taken it maybe 5/13 days…

LOVE

-Cook dinner at least once a week for Sinisa

-Write a letter to Sinisa

Go on a date

-Start the Love Dare book (again)

Buy Sinisa something he’s been wanting

-Do something special for Sinisa’s birthday- his birthday is Sunday and my grand plans were ruined thanks to his mother but I’m going to at least try to salvage them…

BEING A MOMMY

-Write Jacob, Lucas, and Avery each a letter

-Get Jacob’s 9 month pictures taken

Take a belly picture

-Order Jacob’s birth certificate

FAMILY

-Spend at least five days with family- think I’ve spent 2 or 3 so far…

-Email my grandma

SOCIAL

-Go on kid-free weekend trip w/ friends- scheduled for next weekend

HOUSEHOLD

-Sanitize all Jacob’s toys

-Get rid of 10 magazines in my “magazine” basket

-Organize kitchen cabinets- I did one cabinet so far…

-Make crib rail covers- material bought/washed already

Clean vent and fan-

FINANCIAL

-Stick to monthly budget- so far we are doing good…

-Pay off car- thought I paid it all off but then got a letter saying I owe more… grr…..

Become current or payed ahead on all bills

-Save a portion of each paycheck- we are on schedule to save $500-$1000 this month

-Open a savings account- want to do at the end of the month

-Get Renter’s insurance- got a rate quote online but have to check another place before deciding

Make a menu for at least one week and follow it when grocery shopping– I forgot my grocery list at home but think I ended up getting almost everything I need.

ENTERTAINMENT

-See a new movie

WRITING/READING

-Read one Nora Roberts book

CREATIVE ENDEAVORS

-Complete scrapbook pages for Jacob’s birth and time in the hospital

-Start organizing pictures

GIVING BACK

-Do a random act of kindness

-Give away 50 items

-Leave a dollar somewhere a child will find it

SPIRITUAL

-Read Bible every day (using year plan)

-Tithe each week- haven’t gone to Church because one of us has been sick each week…

FUN

-Complete 10 suduko puzzles

-Try a new restaurant or a new food

ONLINE/COMPUTER

-Empty email inbox

Print out pictures on Snapfish through 6 months

Rename blog

THINGS TO BUY

Buy crib

-Buy video camera

Buy wii we are no longer buying this…

Buy new phones

-Buy toddler carseat- it is out of stock online at Walmart which is where I found it the cheapest so I’m trying to holdout until it’s available again…

JUST BECAUSE I NEED TO

-Get oil changed

Buy and use a fireproof box for important papers- bought it but it’s still in the box

-Resign lease for apartment

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So far I think I am doing ok in working towards my month goals. With getting my tax refund back I was able to complete or at least work on a bunch of financial goals which was good.  I got a pedicure/manicure and, with the exception of this week, have kept my house pretty clean this month. I also made it to Walgreens to start my diaper stockpile while they are having this amazing sale. I figure whatever Jacob can’t use, Lucas will be able to use…

I am on an antibiotic so hopefully I will feel better in the next couple days and will have more energy to do things. The weather also should be nicer these next few days which should motivate me to get some things accomplished :)

February 15, 2009

I posted before that I was pregnant again and since then we have had the 20 week ultrasound where we found out that we are having another boy. This pregnancy I had hoped for a boy so I was excited when I saw that I was “growing a penis inside of me” (as one of my friends so eloquently put it…) As much as I would love to have a girl I know that financially we really wouldn’t be able to afford one. Having two boys means they can easily share a room, clothes and toys. Not to mention the fact that I hope they will become best friends :)