If you’re expecting or have recently had a rainbow baby, congratulations! I hope your bundle of brightness is bringing so much joy and meaning into your life. If you’re looking for ways to celebrate your new rainbow baby, we have some suggestions for ways to affirm all the happiness that your baby brings into the world.
First, what is a rainbow baby?
For those who aren’t familiar, the term “rainbow baby” is used for a baby born after a family has gone through infant loss or a miscarriage. Just like a rainbow emerging after a storm, a rainbow baby brings hope and light after a difficult time. The birth of a rainbow baby can bring a lot of mixed emotions – and if that’s what you’re experiencing, you should give yourself all the space and grace you need. If you’re looking for ways to celebrate and reflect on the joy of your new baby, we have some ideas!
Ideas for Celebrating Your Rainbow Baby:
Throw a party!
Whether it’s just for your close family or a big bash, a party can be a joyous way to announce the arrival of your new little one. You might want to create an explosion of color with rainbow-colored decorations and treats. Rainbow cupcakes? So cute! Or try making up a platter of fruits and veggies in rainbow colors. Enjoy your baby’s smile as you make them the center of attention (as if they aren’t already!). Let this celebratory moment sink in.
Have a photoshoot
Is anything more precious than a photoshoot with your new baby? Hire a photographer or do it yourself with a camera at home. Especially if you’ve been spending most of your time lately covered in some combination of baby food and who-knows-what-else, take a couple of hours to get dolled up! Maybe even go to a hair salon, or have a friend give you a new do. Then take some gorgeous pictures with your beautiful baby. These will be beautiful memories for later, too.
Keep a journal
The months after having a baby are some of the most emotional of any time in your life, so it’s a great time to reflect on your experiences in a journal. This one isn’t a baby book full of milestones (although those are great, too!) – this one’s for you. Especially when things are difficult, try writing prompts that highlight the positive:
What three things are you grateful for today?
What are three qualities you admire about yourself?
What are you looking forward to tomorrow?
What are some things you accomplished today?
I guarantee that you’re doing so much on a daily basis. A positive journal practice can help you recognize all the amazing things you’re accomplishing and experiencing.
Buy some special rainbow baby jewelry
Is there anything cuter than tiny baby jewelry? If you want a special present for your rainbow baby, you might choose a beautiful rainbow necklace or bracelet that will grow with her. You could even get a matching momma and baby set. These are a precious reminder of the special loving bond you share.
A rainbow baby is such a special gift. They – and their parents! – are worth celebrating.
If you’ve had a rainbow baby, I hope you have been able to find some time to cherish your little bundle of joy.
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