Being a new mom is such a wonderful experience, but it can also be an overwhelming and exhausting time for parents. There may be a mix of crazy emotions and feelings, including being terrified, once the baby comes home and everyone gets settled in.
Luckily, there are a few ways to support a new mom (or a mom that just had a new baby) that can help take some of the weight off her shoulders and let her enjoy this special time with the baby.
Bring Food or Make Them Dinner
Between taking care of the baby and working on other household duties throughout the day, it can be hard for moms to find the time to cook. One of the best ways to help support a mom is by bringing them some homemade meals or fixing them a dinner.
Snacks can also be a great way to brighten up their day. Baked goods are also great. If they have a favorite coffee or snack, grab it on the go and stop by to surprise them with it.
Offer to Run Errands
Once the new baby arrives, running errands can be a tricky process for mom. Before baby, it was an in-and-out trip. After baby, it now involves a lot more packing, preparing, and time. One way to support a new mom is to offer to run any errands for them. This may include dropping off mail, going grocery shopping for them, walking the dog, or picking up the other kids from school or daycare.
Offer Help with Household Chores
Household chores are probably one of the first things that fall by the wayside when you have just brought a newborn home. Laundry especially. One thing you can do is to offer to help mom with doing some of the household chores. Offer to take out the trash, give their pets some much-needed attention, or wash the dishes. Even the smallest of things can help in a big way and will be truly appreciated.
Listen and Check in On Them
Another great way to support a new mom is just to be there for them. Checking in on them to make sure they are ok is important. Sometimes, the first few months after bringing the baby home can be isolating. If you check-in and they are frustrated or just having a rough day, lend her an ear or do something nice for her to help her feel better. Knowing that they have someone who cares can also be encouraging and can put them into better spirits if they are feeling overwhelmed.
Tell Her She’s Doing Great
Being supportive is also important. Tell her she is doing an amazing job, that she is a great mom, and that she is beautiful.
She may not feel that way but by her hearing it from friends or family, can give her a boost to her confidence and make her feel special.
Even if you are far away, there are a lot of ways to help. Sending care packages or food and calling to check-in can be a great way to support mom when you don’t live close.