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Give the gift of dinner & dish duty for a new mom

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While flowers, new outfits and stuffed animals are cute and appreciated, here are a few ways to give her what she really needs.

Blessing a new mom and baby with gifts is such a delight! Offer help without being asked. Many moms will say no even when they mean yes. It can be hard for many women to ask for help after they deliver or even during their pregnancy but it is appreciated when someone just steps in and provides the additional help.

Give the gift of food. Find out about any allergies or food preferences before you take dinner.
Organizing meals with Meal Train and CareCalendar before the baby arrives make it easier to coordinate with others for the new family. [The family can pick out how often they’d like to receive food, the times it should dropped off, food preferences, etc.]

In addition to bringing over a meal, consider packing up a bag of your friend’s favorite snacks or some freezer-friendly meals.
If she’s nursing, she’ll be famished, and it’s nice to have a bowl of snacks close by to munch on.
Using disposable containers means the new mom will not have to worry about getting your dishes back to you.

Do the dishes. Ask your friend to tell her birth story, and while she’s chatting, just start doing the dishes. Don’t ask if there’s anything you can do (she’ll say no), just do it. And do not stay for dinner! It can be overwhelming for a new mom to think she needs to “host” everyone that drops off a meal.

If there are older children at home, offer to take them to a nearby park. She’ll appreciate the time alone with the new baby, and they’ll appreciate the extra attention.

Gift certificate for house cleaning. The last thing a new mom wants to think about is the state of her kitchen floors. Go in with some other friends and buy her a gift certificate for house cleaning.

A listening ear. Even if you’ve been-there-done-that-wiped-that, resist the temptation to give unasked for advice, and instead respond with, “i hear you!”

Remind moms that they do not need you to send a thank you note. This is a gift in itself. Even though new moms are so grateful, they are also exhausted so one less thing on the to-do list is a gift!

SHARE YOUR NEW MOM GIFT IDEAS below or SHARE YOUR FAVORITE MEALS TO DELIVER TO A NEW FAMILY….

[AUTHOR: Becca Eliasen]

September 7, 2014

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