Mother’s Day is coming up soon, and I happen to have a few friends with new bundles of joy, including my own “baby” sister. Maybe you know a new mom and are wondering ways you can help, without busting your budget. Whatever the condition of your finances, your time is worth so much to a new mom! Here are 10 simple things you can do to celebrate and bless a new mom:
- Let her sleep! During those first few weeks (or months… or years…) a new parent is lacking sleep in a major way. If you can offer to come over and watch the baby for a few hours and let momma nap, you’ll be a hero! Sleep deprivation can really wear a new mom out. For military wives here in the DC area whose husbands are deployed, you can request or be nominated to receive free overnight newborn care through Mission Sleep!
- Give her a helping hand with household chores. Schedule a time to come over and help load the dishwasher. Inevitably with a newborn, these items get neglected. Unless you are Martha Stewart or incredibly on top of things. These are practical items that a new mom needs help with but often times is afraid to ask for help.
- Make a meal. Or two. Or three… this is probably my favorite way that my own friends & family have blessed me when I had a newborn. Moms of newborn babies are strapped on time and energy. Making a meal is a huge help! It means less stress about cooking and executing a meal, plus freeing up a new mom from planning out that evening’s meal or needing to buy those ingredients at the grocery store. HUGE HELP! Can I emphasize that enough?
- Coordinate a meal calendar among her friends and family. Take the initiative and help set up a meal calendar so others can sign up to make and deliver a meal for the new mom. Some great online scheduling sites that I’ve used, that are free and easy to set up are:
Take Them A Meal
- Provide “adult” conversations. You might be surprised by how isolated many new moms feel from their other adult friends. With a new baby your days revolve around feedings, burping, diaper changes, messy cleanups and everything “baby”.
- Offer to baby-sit. Whether that means watch the baby or take older siblings out for a play date, helping watch the kids while mom gets a break (or gets to run errands without distractions) is a big help!
- Ask her how you can help. Sometimes a new mom has needs that you don’t even know about. Let her know that you are available to help whatever it is.
- Find interesting or funny podcasts for her on topics that she’s interested in. As a new mom, you spend many hours sitting and feeding a newborn. It’s nice during that time to be able to do something engaging. I was never able to concentrate enough to read a book while nursing (I’m not that coordinated and the baby would always move a lot), and watching movies or shows got old really quick. I found podcasts to be more interesting (and felt like a better use of my “down” time).
- Bake her some treats! Muffins, cookies, cupcakes, or whatever you’d like. She’s sure to appreciate the sweet treats and thoughtfulness.
- Make a fun DIY craft or new mom gift. Check out my Pinterest Board “New Momma” for some of my favorite finds. You can create some great personalized gifts on a tight budget by going the DIY route.
Remember, your time and effort (not just gifts) mean so much to a new mom! No need to spend a lot of money on expensive specialty baby gifts or spa days for a new mom (although those can be nice)… it’s often the simple and inexpensive gestures that can mean the most to a new mom. And be sure to share your own time-saving and money-saving tips with new moms; those are invaluable items and life skills that will help her out in the long-haul.
Do you have your own tips for ways to bless a new mom? Or maybe you’re a new mom and have some additions to this list? Leave a comment and share!