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I’ve done the whole awkward postpartum thing 3xs now and just want to say this: don’t visit your friend/sister/relative/coworker at her home to see her new baby empty handed. I’m super fortunate to have very generous people in my life who have spoiled me after the births of each of my babies and I wanted to share the 8 things new moms really want.
Grocery Delivery or Pickup
You can either actually do her shopping for her or grab her a gift card to a grocery delivery service. Walmart also has free grocery pickup – they even load your car for you. Seriously a new mom’s dream to not have to haul a sleeping baby out of the car.
Hire a cleaning lady for a session or two – she will love you forever as she looks around her clean house from the couch where she’s snuggling her new babe. OR you could go in on something like this for her.
An Automated Helper
I have both an Amazon Alexa and a Google Home and it’s so great to have a device to ask questions to, order diapers from, play music, add things to a list, set reminders, use alarms and timers, even play relaxing sounds.
A Nap or An Overnighter
With a baby in the house, sleep is at a premium. I’ll never forget going for a walk one morning with my kids and seeing our neighbor/friend’s mom leaving their house early in the AM. She had just given the new parents the gift of a full night of sleep by taking the “overnight shift” with their new baby girl. So sweet and such a game-changer. Go hold that baby while the new mom sleeps!
If she’s got older kids, a babysitter for her ‘bigs’ is one of the nicest gifts you can give. Bonus if you take them for the whole night and let her relax with her new snuggly babe.
Whether you order them something in, make something yourself, pick something up, frozen, fresh, whatever – if it’s food and she doesn’t have to cook, it’s appreciated. I seriously remember every meal people have brought us over the last 3 babies – some of our favorites have been chicken enchiladas, mac & cheese, baked mostaccioli, and mini meatloaves.
We spend 1/3 of our lives sleeping and more time at home than usual after a new baby is born. Postpartum can be a really weird time of transition, both physically and emotionally, and anything to make the new mom feel more like herself will be well-received. Buy her a great pair of comfy, nursing-friendly (ie button-up) pjs and she’ll feel a tad more put-together than if she was wearing her husband’s boxers and a t-shirt from 1999. Not that I would know ;).
If she’s nursing, she’s gonna be
hungry ravenous. Snacks are a new mom’s love language. One of my favorite snacks for nursing are Yoplait Mix-Ins – they taste like a dessert (seriously SO good) and they pack in protein and probiotics. Bonus if you hold her baby while you give her a couple minutes to eat said snacks.