Being a mom is rewarding, but it can also be tough, particularly for those navigating the waters of motherhood for the first time. If you know a new mom, you may be wondering how you can best help. There are so many ways you can give real, meaningful and practical gifts to a new mom.
Here are 9 valuable — yet inexpensive — ways to help a new mom.
1. 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.
2. Help with chores or errands
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.
3. 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
4. Provide “grown-up” conversation
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”.
5. 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!
6. Ask 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.
7. Recommend podcasts
Suggest some podcasts for her on topics that she’s interested in. As a new mom, you spend many hours sitting and feeding a newborn. 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).
8. Bake some treats
Muffins, cookies, cupcakes, or whatever you’d like. She’s sure to appreciate the sweet treats and thoughtfulness.
9. Make a DIY 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. Plus a handmade gift is so uncommon these days; it’s sure to have even more meaning.
Remember, your time and effort (not just physical 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 too)… it’s often the simple and inexpensive gestures that can mean the most to a new mom. These gifts of service can show your love and support in incredible ways.