While bringing home a new baby can be an exciting and joy-filled time, it can also be an overwhelming one. The stress and exhaustion that come with caring for little ones means new moms need all the support they can get. Here are some simple, yet thoughtful ways that you can help new moms make it through those first few weeks home with their new baby.
Send Them a Hearty Meal
Items like meal gift baskets and restaurant gift cards are great options if you don’t have the time to prepare and deliver a meal yourself. Getting dinner on the table can be tough for families with infants. Providing a good meal can be a lifesaver to them!
Deliver Some Household Essentials
Sleep- deprived moms who are adjusting to a new way of life often forget about everyday things until there’s an immediate need. Pick up a few household items, like toilet paper, dishwasher tablets, trash bags and hand soap. If you want to stick with a baby theme, all-natural gas relief drops, baby wipes and infant’s fever and pain reliever can be very useful.
Plan a Low-Key Visit
Find a one-hour time slot in your day (or evening) and schedule a quick visit to help out. Be sure to pick a day and time that work best for her; all moms are different and it’s rarely a good idea to drop by unannounced. You can offer to use the time to help with practical things, like washing the dishes, folding some laundry or just sitting with the baby so mom can have a nap or take a relaxing shower.
Showing your support to a new mom doesn’t have to be complicated or extravagant. It’s often the simplest gestures that can do the most good. Above all, remember to be willing to listen, and remind the new moms in your life that they are not in this alone!