5 Ways to Helping a New Mom

If I tell you that being a new mom is HARD, I’m sure you won’t be surprised. Taking care of a newborn is one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. New mom presents can be wonderful when it’s time to spoil a new mother, but they must be considerate. While flowers are always welcome, going above and beyond to properly pamper and assist a new mother would be greatly appreciated.

5 Ways to Helping a New Mom:


Take a break from her. Time for herself is one of the nicest presents you can give a new mother. A handwritten certificate for your babysitting services during those hectic first few weeks is a nice new parent gift. She doesn’t even have to get out of her house! However, by being present, you allow her to take a long shower or perhaps a long snooze. Both are extremely rare for a new mother and will make her feel like she’s in heaven.


Present her with a gift for herself. Many new mom gifts are actually baby presents, which is good because new parents need a lot of baby products and are grateful for gifts like baby clothes, baby items, or even diapers or a diaper service. However, during the first few months, moms are typically too preoccupied with caring for the infant to remember to look after themselves. Giving the new mom a self-indulgent present, such as a spa package, would make her very happy.


A cleaning service or meal delivery certificate, similar to a babysitting certificate, is one of the nicest gifts you can give a new mom during the first few weeks. You can also volunteer to help her with duties such as cleaning, cooking, laundry, and running errands if you’re close pals.


Pay attention to her. Listening is sometimes the finest thing you can do for a new mother. Being a new mother is overwhelming, exhausting, and, sadly, sometimes a solitary experience. Being there for the new mom and actually listening to her is an incredible gift. Try to engage in active listening, which is paying attention to what she’s saying rather than your own thoughts (which is more difficult than it seems!) and refraining from offering advise unless she directly requests it.


Establish a support system. Not all new mothers are fortunate enough to have a strong support system of other mothers. If you’re in a position to do so, assisting the new mom in forming such a group of moms would be tremendously beneficial to her. If at all possible, schedule face-to-face meetings in your area. Otherwise, encourage her to check out new mom blogs and forums on the internet. While they cannot replace real-life connections, they can be quite beneficial.

For the first time, becoming a mother is an intense and consuming experience. Being there for a new mom, understanding her needs, and sincerely supporting her is the best thing you can do as a friend.

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