Being a new mom can be really tough--in addition to physically recovering from giving birth, there are sleepless nights, hormonal fluctuations, and a sweet little baby who needs attention around the clock. While most new moms adore their newborn, women with a new baby can benefit from help and assistance from friends and loved ones. Use the following tips to help a new mom in your life:
In the days and weeks after bringing a new baby home, moms are often sleep-deprived and exhausted, and the last thing they want to do is cook or prepare any type of meal. One of the best things you can do for a new mom is to provide food! If you like to cook, consider bringing over a hot meal, or gifting several freezer meals that the parents can heat up as needed. If you don't have the time or inclination to prepare meals, order a meal from the parents' favorite restaurant and deliver it to them. Many restaurants now offer online food ordering, so you can place an order on your computer or smartphone, and swing by to quickly pick it up before dropping it off.
If you want to help out a loved one who is a new mom but doesn't live near you, consider searching for restaurant delivery services that allow you to order food online, pay for the meal, and have the food delivered right to the door of the new family. A delivered meal is sure to be much appreciated, even if you can't visit yourself.
Few new months have the time or energy to keep up with household chores, so if you want to help out, offer to do some cleaning. Washing the dishes, doing some laundry, and cleaning the bathrooms can be incredibly helpful and allow a new mom to nap while the baby sleeps and get some rest instead of trying to keep the house clean.
Help with Child Care
If your friend or family member has other young children, think about offering to help with child care and keeping them happy and entertained so the new mom can focus on healing and caring for her new baby. Even spending a morning or afternoon with the older siblings will give a new mom time to take a nap, have some time to relax a bit, or take a nice shower while the newborn is sleeping.