Q. Is it customary to give a first-child delivery gift to the new mommy (my wife)? We were in a jewelry store the other day and it seems I am the only one who knew nothing of this tradition.
A. A jewelry store would want you to believe the practice is customary, but it is not. Although a lovely idea, it is by no means a new dad’s obligation. There are many ways you can honor your wife on this occasion, (you could plant a tree, or write her a poem) but it is entirely up to you how you do so.