I can’t tell you how many times I have wished for just one of these things to happen right after I had my babies. If you know someone who has just had a baby and you’re looking for something special to do for them, forget the card or the stuffed animals, why not give one of these instead? Motherhood is an extremely exciting and wonderful time, but it’s also very hard and challenging.
If you are looking for something special to do for a new mother then consider these 6 things below.
1. Make some meals for her OR stock her pantry up with quick and easy meals
I remember when I had my first baby. All I wanted to do was lounge around and cozy up with my little one and rest. Big, homemade meals weren’t on the menu for quite some time. Easy lunch meals and snacks are great, consider sending a gift basket with things that your new mom likes. I love the quick and easy meals. Some of my favorites for lunch were soups, tuna sandwiches, fruits, cheese and sunbutter and jam on crackers. I also had a friend prepare home-cooked dinners and then froze them for me. It was the best. If you look on Pinterest for Freezer Meals you will find so many amazing recipes! Another great gift idea is the Instapot. You can read how the Instapot has changed our family meal plan here.
2. Gift the gift of massage
Becoming a new mother has all sorts of challenges. Not only is your body physically undergoing changes but mentally you are also adjusting. Your new mom might be stressing a little, have feelings of being overwhelmed, maybe some anxiety or stress. Having a baby is life changing and a huge adjustment. Your new mom might want to be homebound for the next few weeks but that shouldn’t stop her from enjoying an amazing massage.
I have this Deep Kneading Massager and it’s absolutely amazing. (see below for a giveaway)
This massager has 4 different controls, 8 kneading heads that can be heated, three speeds and goes in different directions. It contours to your feet, neck, back and legs and my favorite part of it all is that it has arm straps so that you can control the amount of pressure you need just by pushing down in the straps. It comes with a car adapter so you better believe I have taken it with me to run errands. True story. 😀
3. Stock Her up on Paper or Plastics
Using a lot of dishes now will mean lots of dishes to clean later. After learning with our first, one of the things we did with our second was stock up on paper plates, cups and utensils right before our second baby was born and it helped tremendously. We didn’t have to worry about dishes stacking up in the sink while we fought dozing off due to lack of sleep.
4. Clean her home or hire a housekeeper
I can’t say how HUGE this one is for me. The last thing a new mom wants to do is feel overwhelmed because the laundry or dishes are piling up. My mom was able to come over to help clean the house a couple of times and you don’t know how much of a relief this was for me. It’s almost like you’re hitting the refresh button, even if it’s just one time. The last few weeks of pregnancy are hard. Mom is tired and exhausted, probably hurting and most likely there wasn’t a lot of cleaning done then. So after baby, the last thing you want is for mom to feel like there’s no end to the mess. Even if you clean the house just once, it’s like hitting the refresh button allowing mom to play catch up. If you can’t physically clean her home then consider hiring a housekeeper for her for the first month or even someone to come once a month for the first few months.
5. Offer to Babysit
Offer to babysit any older children if there are any. I know first hand how hard it is trying to nurse a newborn while a 15-month old trying is also using you as a human jungle gym. If your new mom has other children, offer to help out by taking the older children out for a little while, or just come over to help watch them. The first few weeks with a newborn is an extremely important bonding time for mom and baby.
Over Mother’s Day this past year I came across an article titled New Research Shows What Moms Really Want for Mother’s Day and it said that most new millennial moms would like to receive the acknowledgement from family and friends that they’re doing a good job, rather than flowers. So why not send mom some encouraging words of support during the first few weeks, even a simple text that she’s doing a great job could go along way.