Today, Carole‘s asked us to share ideas for helping out a new mom. I asked Katie to share a few ideas (I figured that might also be a great way to get ideas for October!) and she graciously replied with nine… wonder if y’all can guess which one I added to make ten!
|see #7 below|
1. Send an email or text that you are thinking of her and sending love – and be sure to include “no need to reply!”
2. Bring lunch or dinner or help set up a meal train for the first few weeks.
3. Drop off a “nursing” or “late night” gift basket – easy-to-eat snacks (cheese & crackers, snack mix, nuts), chocolates, fruit, fresh juice or herbal tea.
4. Gift or lend her your favorite books about motherhood – one of Katie’s favorites is Great with Child (it’s beautiful!)
5. Offer to run some errands for her – send a quick text when you are planning to run to Target or the grocery store and offer to pick up a few things she might need.
6. Don’t drop in unannounced…and never if you’re feeling even the slightest inkling of a cold, cough, etc.
7. Help with the older siblings – when you visit, offer to take them out for a bike ride or babysit for the morning. It would be also be thoughtful to bring a craft or activity for them…something that doesn’t require too much adult supervision. Charlie’s latest favorite tabletop activity is Mess Free Coloring. Who knew such a thing even existed?!
8. When you visit, offer to hold the baby if she wants to make lunch (or you can make lunch for her!) or take a shower.
9. Don’t stay too long when you visit. Keep your visit under 45 minutes unless it seems like she needs/wants help and the baby is awake. If the baby is asleep, there’s a good chance she might want to catch up on sleep too!
10. Tell her that she looks wonderful and is doing an amazing job!