It may seem that a new mom isn’t that busy since a newborn sleeps most of the day, but that just isn’t true! Sure, there will be lots of napping, but there’s also frequent feedings, plenty of holding, loads of laundry and oodles of time spent trying to calm a crying little one — and that’s if the baby doesn’t have any other issues!
If you are visiting a new mom, check out our useful (and much appreciated) tips on What to Bring a New Mom when you’re stopping by for a visit:
BRING SOME FOOD
For a brand-new mom, one of the most important — and useful — things you can do is to bring mom (and dad and siblings) some food. Because trust us, mom isn’t thinking about cooking full meals right now.
1. Find out their food likes or dietary restrictions. If you need to make a call and ask — do it. Or if you already know the type of food the new mom and dad enjoy, find something they would both like. Don’t be afraid to ask about dietary restrictions or allergies. Whether mom or dad is the primary cook, both will be tired and out of their element. Crossing dinner prep off the list is a relief for new parents!
2. Order carry-out. If you’re stopping by during the day, bring mom some lunch. Otherwise, she may forget to eat: New moms often neglect their own needs while caring for a tiny newborn, but she’ll need all the strength and energy she can get while adjusting to this new phase in her life.
3. Cook a meal. Once you’ve figured out what the family likes to eat and are aware of any special dietary restrictions, find a SIMPLE meal to make. Store it in a throw-away container or something they can pop in the freezer for later, if you can. Generally, any type of casserole works best. Why? Because there’s plenty of it for leftovers and it will reheat well. A well-balanced, nutritious meal will go far in keeping them energized to care for the new baby.
4. Pizza. Not Martha Stewart in the kitchen? That’s OK — just order a pizza or equally delicious take-out for them for dinner. Even if it seems like something the new parents can do for themselves, it saves them a trip out to get it and the planning it takes to order one and find cash if they want it delivered. Any food is good food!
5. Fruit and veggie trays. We all like easy snacks right? If you can’t bring an actual meal, providing them something healthy to graze on all day is good, too — because many times a new mom will heat up her meal and start to eat only to be interrupted by a crying little one who needs to be fed, too. So those carrot sticks and chunks of watermelon will be great to grab on the go.
…AND THEN LEAVE.
A new mom has a lot on her plate (no pun intended), yet chances are she will still want to be a gracious host. When you announce you’re stopping by, she’ll try to figure out if she can manage to take a shower and make herself look presentable. There’s a good chance she’ll try to straighten up her home a bit. And then she’ll feel she has to entertain you after you’ve held her little bundle of joy.
Mom will be grateful to see you, but in those first few weeks she is in a whole different world. Give her a hug, hold the baby for a while, give her the food you brought and leave (unless you want to offer to clean her house or give her time to shower!). Save the longer conversations and visits for when she is more comfortable in her new role — because she’ll need your visits even more then!
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