I've been provided some pretty amazing opportunities as a member of the Pampers Baby Board, but none was more special or personally rewarding than this project. As part of the #BetterforBaby campaign, Pampers tasked me, and other Baby Board members, to do something to make my community "better for babies." I knew almost immediately what I wanted to do.
As a high-paced fighter jet base, deployments are a fact of life for our little military community in Japan. This year has been no different and, thankfully, a few weeks ago a huge group of heroes returned home safely. We were all grateful and proud, but none more so than the new moms.
There were a number of moms who delivered babies during the deployment - without a husband to physically comfort and support during the final months of pregnancy, delivery or the first few sleepless newborn months. There were also women who were pregnant for the duration of the nearly 7 month deployment and delivered a baby shortly after their husbands returned. They spent the final weeks of deployment hoping the baby would wait for dad to come home. For my Better for Baby project, I wanted to do something for these amazing moms.
New Mom Deployment Care Packages
Early on I made the choice to go with quality over quantity and focused on putting together really generous packages for 5 moms. I brainstormed with my military mom friends about how best to support new moms whose husbands are deployed. And, frankly, I couldn't provide the thing they wanted and needed most - their husband home. Second best option (a live-in nanny/cook/housekeeper/friend) was also not realistic. So we talked and worked through gift ideas that would support make their every day a little bit easier and brighter.
The result was a really, really special care package full of hand-picked and hand-made items for baby and mom.
Of course, I gave each mom an assortment of Pampers diapers and wipes - a new baby essential. A must have for moms who are holding down the fort solo is a baby carrier. The Boba Wrap was one of my favorites with Max and will hopefully give these moms a few hands-free moments.
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Each mom received a diaper bag stuffed full of goodies, including 3 books: Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman, a gift certificate to personalize Daddy's Deployed, and a signed copy of The Fringe Hours by Jessica N. Turner. The Fringe Hours is all about making and finding time to care for yourself and I can't think of a more important message to share with these women who are, no doubt, feeling stretched to their limits.
One of my favorite things in the care packages is the onesie and burp cloth my friend Erin from Dazzlin Dresses created. I asked her to make a onesie with the Better for Baby theme and love what she made!
Finally, each care package included some really practical gift cards to redeem on base at BX, commissary and Force Support facilities on base. And, of course, a little plane paraphernalia, a wooden teether from Bannor Toys.
It was an honor to give to deserving moms in my community. Huge, huge thanks to Pampers who made it possible for me to gift amazing care packages to even more amazing women.
More Better for Baby Projects
Here are just a few of the other amazing Better for Baby projects completed by the Pampers Baby Board. I think you'll enjoy them as much as I do!
- Tiff from Babes and Kid Review Paid it Forward at Babies R Us
- Emilie at Baby Loving Mama created NICU parent and sibling care packages
- Lauren from A Mommy In the City pampered moms at a Ronald McDonald House
This is not a sponsored post. Pampers provided a grant to create the care packages. As always, opinions are my own.