Your friend just had a baby and you don’t know what to do for her – well, I’ve got you covered! I put together a comprehensive list of how to help a new mom.
And there are so many things you can do for a new mama and some don’t cost a thing!
New moms need their friends. So, don’t believe them if they say they don’t need help! BUT – it’s important to give them some space, too. Don’t bug them day and night!
The best help I ever got were the friends who would swoop in and do something and never overstay their welcome!
DON’T ask – “How can I help?” Instead, just HELP! Most women don’t like asking for help and often they are so overwhelmed they don’t know how to answer. So just do something!
Drop off some everyday items she may need – diapers, wipes or ready to eat snacks are a great option!
Bring her a meal. Something easy to heat up. A friend brought me a pasta spinach bake when I had my second child and it was always my go to with friends! I would add in a loaf of crusty bread and a salad in a bag. Plus I always brought homemade banana bread or muffins for breakfast! Make sure you ask about allergies before dropping something off! Not a chef? Give her an Uber Eats or Door Dash gift card!
Set-up a time to stop by and help! Pick-up toys, do laundry, empty the dishwasher. She’ll probably say she doesn’t need help – but good friends know better!
Drop off a spa basket for mom. Bath bombs, cozy slippers, body lotion, oils and a diffuser or a candle. Something just for her!
If there are older siblings – offer to take the kids for a few hours! Or drop off a bag of activities for them – sticker or coloring books, puzzles, sidewalk chalk – you get the idea!
A gift certificate for a service. This is something you could go in on with friends! Ideas include a house cleaning service, a facial or massage, or a mani-pedi. And if it’s a service she can’t take the baby to – offer to babysit!
Basic pantry items. As I mentioned before, ready to eat snacks, canned soups, spaghetti sauce and pasta and snacks for the kids! A fruit basket is always a treat, too!
Take her for coffee or a walk. Something easy to get her out of the house for a short amount of time. A change of scenery can be uplifting!
Call her. Text her. And listen. New moms sometimes need to vent or cry. Let her.
Another amazing group gift is a newborn session! I’ve had a number of people give them as shower gifts. And mamas are ALWAYS very appreciative! Recently, I’ve had several dads-to-be purchase a session as a push present. Super sweet!
I’d love to send you some info on my newborn sessions and gift options.