Welcoming a new baby into the so-called village is an incredibly happy and unforgettably joyous time. Childbirth is also one of the most intense experiences a woman will ever go through. So, what can the villagers do to pitch in and lend mom a hand? By gifting a new mom with the luxury of a little free time to take care of herself, you’ll help her adjust to her beautiful new reality and get back to feeling a little bit more like herself.
Why Is Self-Care So Important for New Moms?
According to a survey by HealthyWomen.org, 78% of moms said they put off taking care of themselves or making their own healthcare appointments made because they are too busy taking care of their loved ones. So, how are moms supposed to be the wonder women that they are expected to be when they fail to meet their own basic needs? The answer is, they can’t. Moms need to practice self-care to nurture themselves the same way they nurture their children.
How To Make It Happen
So, how can you help make sure that the new mom in your life gets a few hours away to recharge so she can get back to the business of taking care of baby (and everyone else)? Here are a few ideas:
The less time a new mom has to spend preparing meals, the more time she can spend focusing on herself. Or help by mastering meal prep for the week.
Help with Housework
Notice a sink full of dishes or a basket of laundry? Do mom a huge favor and go above and beyond to help her out.
Run Errands for Her
Does she need diapers or wipes? Run to the drug store. Does her car need gas? Fill ‘er up. If you just happen to be in the neighborhood, send a quick text to see what she needs.
Do Her To-Do List
Writing those baby shower thank you cards? No problem. Finding the best lactation consultant in town? You’ve got it. Everyone has a to-do list. Ask if you can help with hers.
Offer to babysit while mom takes a nap, takes a walk, takes a warm bubble bath, or treats herself to a well-deserved massage.
Help with Pets
Taking pets out for a long walk or running them at the park can be a tremendous help. During the newborn phase, pets can feel a bit neglected. Help mom feel a little less guilty and give her fur kids the special treatment they deserve.
Make Yourself Handy
Baby gear can be complicated. Take the pressure off mom and put the baby swing or bouncer together for her.
No one knows better than a new mom what she needs, so ask her. Can you take out the trash? Wipe down the kitchen counter? Change the linens? If you’re not into cleaning or don’t have the time, think about offering to pay for a cleaning service.
Keep It Up
Being a mom always brings new challenges, and you should still offer help, even after the newborn phase is over.
Remember, anything you can do to give a new mom some “me time” back will go a long, long way. Mom will feel more centered, energized, and present after taking time to engage in self-care, making her a more engaged parent, spouse, and friend.