Gift ideas for the new mom

newbornYour friend recently had a baby and, not surprisingly, is exhausted. As much as she may want to be “super mom,” especially during the holidays, no woman can be everything to everyone. So do her a huge favor and offer a gift of help.  It won’t cost a dime and could mean the world to her.
     • Help with household chores. You can do the dishes, do a load of laundry, do her grocery shopping, or simply hold the baby while your friend takes a shower.
     • Offer to babysit at different times. Instead of going out, your friend may want to stay in the comfort of her own home and take a much needed nap. She may sleep longer and deeper knowing a trusted friend is taking care of the baby.
     • Prepare a few meals. It’s hard enough to take care of feeding a baby every couple of hours, let alone feeding yourself and your partner. Connect with some mutual friends or family members and make a series of meals that can be put in the freezer. Then they can be popped into the oven or microwave whenever needed.

Caring for a new baby can be a wonderful time in a woman’s life. But when you’re feeling overwhelmed and exhausted it’s hard to remember that the newborn days won’t last all that long. Helping your friend get through the first few weeks at home will make her better able to manage her time and energy and enjoy these first precious moments in her child’s life.

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