Is there a new mom in your life? Maybe it’s your sister…your daughter…a friend…a neighbor! Becoming a new mom (even if it’s for the second or sixth time) is so exciting, but it can also come with the need for a little encouragement!
This post includes 3 Ways to Encourage a New Mom, and I know the new mom in your life will love you forever if you give one (or all three!) of these ideas a try:
3 Ways to Encourage a New Mom
Deliver a survival kit! Some moms may be all about having visitors, but some may prefer you simply surprise them by leaving a basket of goodies on her porch and then shooting her a quick text to check outside when she gets a second! Want to know what to include in your delivery? Check out these ideas:
Deliver a meal to her and her family! Once again, be sensitive as to whether or not the new mom is interested in having visitors and then plan accordingly. Would she like you to bring lunch for her and her little ones – while her hubby is away at work? Would she like you leave a home-cooked meal in a cooler on the porch for her and her family to enjoy for dinner that evening? Would she appreciate a restaurant gift certificate that her family could use at their convenience?
Want to REALLY encourage a mama? Consider taking her a meal long after the baby has arrived? Sometimes a mom will be all set immediately following the birth of her new addition. Maybe she’s prepared freezer meals or have other family and friends who are bombarding her with food deliveries, and if this is the case, you may want to consider dropping a meal off when that sweet baby is 3 months old…or 6 months old! Especially if the young mom has other kiddos, she may really appreciate you thinking of her a bit down the road when the honeymoon stage has passed a bit and she finds herself in the throws of reality….a beautiful reality, but one that can also be exhausting and overwhelming at times.
Curious about what meals might work best? Consider these from my Ultimate Freezer Meal Post:
Do something small, but powerful! Here are a few ideas:
- If you see a young mom in line behind you at Starbucks, pay for her coffee! This is especially fun to do in a drive-thru situation! If you spot a minivan in your rear view mirror, pay for that mama’s order – yes, even if you’re at Dunkin’ Donuts and her kids have ordered three boxes of donut holes. I promise this type of things goes a long way toward making someone’s day…yes, even if that someone is a total stranger! (It will make you feel pretty good, too!)
- In the middle of the day, drop off a hot cup of coffee (or tea!) for her! Once again, make sure it’s a good time for her, and if you’re not sure if this is a good idea for the new mom you have in mind, maybe consider one of these ideas from The Thinking Closet. I love the creative ideas she shares for how to show others you are thinking of them, and her “This Drink is on Me” idea could be used lots of different ways!
- If you know a young mama who would appreciate coupons to assist her in buying those much-needed baby supplies, pass any of your extras along to her!
- Depending on how well you know the new mom, offer to babysit her other kiddos one morning…offer to pick up some groceries or have them delivered…offer to stop by and clean her bathrooms for her. She may or may not take you up on these offers, but let her know you are dead serious and that you are happy to be called upon if there’s anything she needs!
- Send her a text…or an e-mail…or a DM…or a hand-written note that says, “You are doing a great job!” Um….this is probably the most powerful thing on this list! New moms can sometimes feel overwhelmed with unsolicited advice coming at them from all directions (Yes, oftentimes even from well-meaning relatives!), so a note full of nothing but encouragement would be the perfect thing to put the wind back in a new mom’s sails! What a breath of fresh air something like this can be!
When you have welcomed a new addition in to your family, what has been the most encouraging thing someone has done for you? What gesture has stood out to you as being the most meaningful?
If you are a full-time mom yourself, you may also want to hop over and check out 3 Ways to Thrive as a Full-Time Mom.