If you know someone who has a baby on the way, you might be asking yourself what you can do to help! Say congrats with a floral arrangement while the mother is still in the hospital, then be sure to stick around once the mom gets home. Here are some top tips to help a new mom once her little bundle of joy arrives into the world.
New mothers need as much care and help as they can get from their friends and family members. Their bodies are recovering after giving birth, and those who already have children are trying to care for a whole family while still nursing around the clock. If you know a soon-to-be mom or a new mom, it is possible to help.
While this kind of help is often offered, it is always welcome. When moms don’t need to worry about making dinner for the family, it can lift a huge burden. For those of you who are looking to contribute dinners, make sure that you work with others who may be helping out and make sure they have dinner for about a month after the baby is born.
Also, for those of you who are bringing a meal, don’t stress too much about what the meal is unless the family has an allergy. Any food that you don’t have to cook is going to taste better! You can also offer frozen meals for a quick bite to eat when life gets a little hectic.
Offer to Watch Older Kids
By offering to take her older kids, you can provide a new mom with some peace and quiet while she tends to her newborn. Take them to the zoo, the park, or even just post up and have a movie night at your home. If you have kids, too, the group can hang out and spend time together. We know that one of the hardest parts of having a new baby is making sure that the older kids’ needs are being met, too!
Clean the Home
While this can be hard for the new mother to accept, usually due to pride, it is one of the top ways to help out a new family. Your new-mom friend or family member will probably not ask you for help, so you may need to volunteer. While she won’t have the energy to clean the home, it can be discouraging to try to raise her family while surrounded by mess. Let her know that you don’t care about the mess, and you totally understand everything that she has to take care of at the moment. You can:
- Wash the dishes
- Wipe down the counters and clean the kitchen
- Sweep or mop the floors
- Start a load of laundry
- Gather up the kids’ toys and put them away
Stop By with Coffee
New moms have a hard time getting everything together that they need to leave the house, so many just stay home. This can get lonely after a while. Instead of inviting the new mom out to get some coffee with you, pick up a cup and go visit. She will appreciate the change of pace and the ability to have a conversation with an adult. As cute as babies are, they aren’t great conversationalists.
Call or Text
If you can’t stop by due to your schedule or other constraints, that’s okay. Just call or text to check in! Any new mother will appreciate knowing that her friends and loved ones are concerned about her and how she is doing. The first few days with a newborn can be a little isolating, so words of encouragement are always welcome.
Grocery Shopping or Errands
While some mothers will want to get out of the house, others will dread it. You can offer to pick up groceries from the story for the new mom. With more and more stores doing a grocery pick up, this may not be much of a hassle for you! When you are heading out to run your own errands, ask the new mother if there is anything you can pick up for her while you are out. Those of you who are feeling more ambitious can ask for a list before you head out to help. She will appreciate not having to run errands with a new baby, especially if she has other kids.
Celebrate with a Floral Arrangement
While it may not seem like much, you would be surprised how much a thoughtful floral gift will mean to the new mother. A bright arrangement may be just what she needs to brighten her home and remind her that she has friends and family who are more than happy to help her with her new-mom duties. For a thoughtful arrangement she is sure to love, contact Nosegay Flowers! We proudly serve the Washington, D.C. metro area.