A new baby brings joy and excitement, and if your sister, friend, co-worker, or another loved one is having a baby, you’re probably itching to see the baby — and shower the new mom, and dad, with gifts!

While a warm and freshly prepped meal or a supply of frozen casseroles are sure to give the new mom and dad a break — send the new mom flowers too, so she has a bright and elegant gift to enjoy.

We’ll help you choose the best flowers to celebrate the birth of a new baby, and when and where to send them to the new momma.

What Flower Bouquets Are Best for New Moms?

From traditional pinks and blues based on the baby’s gender, to more flexible and modern interpretations, here’s how to find the perfect bouquet to gift to the new mom in your life.

Traditional Flowers for the New Baby

If you want to stick with tradition, the sex of the baby will inform the color and flower choices for the arrangement — pink for baby girls and blue for baby boys.

  • For the mom of a new baby boy: Look for mixes of subtle blues, greens, and whites, as blue flowers are harder to come by. This bouquet of blue hydrangeas mixed with white roses makes for a stunning mix of modern and traditional florals, perfect for a new baby boy.
  • For new baby girls: There are seemingly endless options in all shades of pink — from peonies to carnations to roses, feminine, pink choices abound. A playful mix of pink and white roses is perfect for any mom of a new baby girl, or get creative with different combinations of pink florals.
  • What if there are twins? Celebrate this unique occasion with two floral arrangements! Your double gift will be a wonderful surprise for the new mom of two. If it’s a boy and a girl, send one blue arrangement and one pink one. You could also pick two unique bouquets in complementary colors and styles, or even two smaller versions of the same bouquet. It’s twice the fun and excitement in this flower delivery, and the new family will love this surprise.

Modern Flowers for the New Mom

If the new family is not into traditional gender roles and colors, or if the sex of the baby is unknown at the time of the gift, florals in shades of yellow, white, cream, or mixed pastels are the way to go.

The new mom will appreciate the beautiful flower arrangement you choose — in any color. Get creative with your color palette and choose a mix of light pinks, yellows, purples, and greens for a gorgeous, modern new baby bouquet.

If the new mother veers a little more modern in her tastes, consider other modern floral options like calla lilies, peonies, gardenia, or orchids. Potted plants and succulents are also a trendy, popular option with more modern style, and these choices will last much longer than traditional cut flowers. Another option is to use more traditional flowers, but presented in a more modern way — such as with a sleek vase and uncluttered arrangement.

Birth Month Flowers and Their Meanings

Another way to honor a new birthday is with traditional birth month flowers. Just as with birthstones, each month is associated with a specific flower — and each has its own meanings and characteristics.

For a lovely, thoughtful gift for the new mom, gift the flowers of the new baby’s birthday in a gorgeous floral arrangement. Here are the birth month flowers for each month of the year:

  • January: Carnation and Snowdrop. Similar to roses, carnations come in a variety of colors, each color having its own meaning. The Greek name for carnation means “flower of the gods.” Carnations can symbolize admiration, love, gratitude, purity, and luck. Snowdrops generally signify hope and beauty — and are especially lovely in cold, dark, wintry January.
  • February: Violet and Primrose. Violets carry a special meaning of loyalty, watchfulness, and faithfulness. Sharing the same purple color as February’s birthstone, the amethyst, violets connote you’ll always be there. Primroses are one of the first flowers to bloom at the end of winter — a perfect choice for February.
  • March: Daffodil and Jonquil. What better flower to signify the start of spring than cheerful, sunny yellow daffodils? These pretty blooms can also convey joy and deep, unequaled love. Daffodils are also associated with rebirth, both from Greek mythology and Narcissus, as well as Christian theology where daffodils are considered a traditional Easter flower. Jonquil and daffodil are sometimes used interchangeably to mean the same flower, but jonquils are actually a type of daffodil.
  • April: Daisy and Sweetpea. Simple and pretty, daisies carry a meaning of purity, loyalty, and innocence. The daisy is also used to signify a secret kept between friends. Sweetpeas can mean blissful pleasure, or can be used to mark a goodbye. Both of these lovely, delicate flowers are the epitome of springtime and would make a beautiful bouquet together.
  • May: Lily of the Valley and Hawthorn. Sweet lily of the valley flowers mean a return to happiness, and that life is complete. Hawthorn flowers, grow on shrubs and trees, and signify hope and happiness. Both of these fragrant, delicate white blooms signifying purity and happiness would make an excellent addition to a new baby bouquet in May.
  • June: Rose and Honeysuckle. As spring turns to summer, June is host to some of the most fragrant, beautiful blooms. Roses are available in a huge variety of colors, and each color has its own special meaning. White roses represent innocence and new beginnings — a fitting flower for a new June baby. Red roses connote love, while pink roses stand for perfect happiness. Sweet-smelling — and tasting — honeysuckle flowers convey everlasting love and are beloved by hummingbirds.
  • July: Larkspur and Water Lily. Larkspur, also known as delphinium, symbolizes the strong bonds of love. They come in three color varieties, each with their own meaning: white for happiness, pink for a fickle nature, and purple for a first love. Gorgeous water lilies grow in ponds and serve to control algae growth and provide shade for fish and frogs. Water lilies stand for majesty and purity.
  • August: Gladiolus and Poppy. Tall stems of gladiolus can be found in a myriad of bright colors and make dramatic additions to floral arrangements. These flowers represent integrity, calm, and remembrance. Also sometimes called the “sword lily,” it is said that glads pierce the heart with love. Poppies generally come in three different colors, red for pleasure, yellow for success or wealth, and white for consolation.

  • September: Aster and Morning Glory. As late summer starts into fall, September’s flowers offer a lovely burst of color. Asters symbolize positivity and powerful love. Morning glories, opening in early morning and closing up in the evening, are also a symbol of affection. Both flowers mirror the sparkling blues of September’s birthstone: the sapphire.
  • October: Marigold and Cosmos. With changing leaves in fall, it’s no wonder the marigold was selected to represent October. Bright, cheery orange and yellow marigolds symbolize the warmth, positivity, and optimism of the sun. Pretty pink cosmos symbolize order and harmony in the world. The placement of their petals and leaves evoke a sense of grace and harmony in their symmetry.
  • November: Chrysanthemum. Often nicknamed “mums,” chrysanthemums reflect the golden colors of fall in their blooms of yellow, orange, red, and pink. Important in Chinese and Japanese culture, these flowers symbolize meditation, longevity, and happiness.
  • December: Narcissus and Holly. The narcissus, or paperwhite, is a winter-growing, delicate white flower and represents love and hope. Although technically an evergreen and not a flower, holly leaves and berries make a lovely winter arrangement and can signify hope and domestic happiness.

Any of these birth month flowers would make for a beautiful, meaningful bouquet for a new mom, either on their own, or mixed in with other blooms.

Where and When to Send Flowers to a New Mom

When a new baby is on the way, and you’d like to send flowers to congratulate the new mom, should you send the flowers right away or wait a little while? If it is a hospital birth, should you send the flowers to the new mom in the hospital, or to the new family’s home?

The arrival of a new baby is an exciting time, and you may be tempted to send your bouquet immediately. However for the new mom — and new dad, for that matter — this is an overwhelming time. A mom is busy healing her own body and taking care of a new, very demanding little person. Depending on how close you are to the new mom, it may be best to wait a while, and send flowers to the home, after the first couple of weeks have passed and the family has settled in.

Take into account how long or short the hospital stay may be, and if there may be other loved ones also sending flowers. While a room full of beautiful flowers is a lovely gesture and a sign of loving family and friends, it can also be overwhelming and one more thing to take care of and haul home from the hospital. Alternatively, a simple bouquet might be just what a new mom needs right away as a show of support and congratulations.

Modern manners say to wait to send flowers until they can be properly enjoyed and cared for — generally about two weeks after giving birth. At this time, a new mom is likely to be more settled in with her baby, and will be more ready and receptive to flowers, gifts, and visits. This is the perfect time to surprise her with a meaningful bouquet of flowers. Be sure to include a vase to make things easiest on the new mom. She’ll still be busy with baby and this will ensure she doesn’t have to go searching for vases to put her flowers in.

For a surprise later on, consider sending flowers to a new mom on her first Mother’s Day or on the baby’s first birthday. On either of these special occasions, flowers would be a touching, unexpected gesture, celebrating the new mother.

How to Make a Bouquet Even More Special

You’ve already decided on which flowers to send, and when and where to send them. Now, how can you make your gift even more unique?

Add a special note, expressing your love and congratulations to the new family. Ode à la Rose will print your personal message and include it on a gift card with your floral arrangement. You can also choose to upload a photo and Ode à la Rose will print your photo along with your card.

To take your floral gift to the next level, and include more luxury, you can add on a special gift, such as a beautiful gift pack of delicious macarons, or a delightfully scented French candle. These added touches will let the new mom feel pampered and loved.

What Should You Say in the Card?

If you struggle to know just what to write in a card, you’re not alone. Know that a short, heartfelt message is usually best. A quick “so happy for you!” or “warmest congratulations!” is perfect. Add on a quick personalized message, about how much you love the new baby’s name, or her big blue eyes, or note how excited you are to see the baby, be parents at the same time, etc. Also, feel free to write directly to the baby, as in “welcome to the world!” Just write naturally and say whatever you genuinely feel. It can be more formal, heartfelt, or even humorous.

If you’re still at a loss for words, look for an appropriate quote to include in your message. Think about favorite songs, poetry, or famous children’s literature. Whatever you decide on, your personal message will be sent along with your flowers to the new mom in your life.

How Ode á la Rose Can Help You Send Flowers to a New Mom

When you’re ready to gift a new mom with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, order from Ode à la Rose for the ultimate in luxurious, chic French style. We have many signature bouquets fitting of the joy of new life and motherhood. We are happy to help you select the perfect blooms, and personalize them with your unique message and add-ons. We provide quick delivery services in Manhattan and Chicago, and throughout the Northeast.

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