Baby clothes, toys, a new car seat; those are the gifts that new moms say they want. I remember when I was pregnant for the first time, registering at Babies-R-Us for every little thing under the sun.
Now, with a fourth on the way, the last thing I would ask for is a cute snugly outfit. Don’t get me wrong. I love adorable animal heads on backsides of my kid’s pjs just as much as the next mom. But if I could go back and do it again, these are the gifts I would put on my list!
The Top 5 Best Gifts for New Moms
After 23 hours of labor with my first child, I was starving! It’s the worst hunger I’ve ever experienced. Where you just can satisfy the emptiness that you feel in your stomach. No matter how much you eat, you’ll feel hungry again in 1/2 hr.
After going home, it gets worse. You have to get up and make your own food! The insanity! Unless your husband knows how to cook (lucky). After being up with you through the labor, that’s no fun for him either.
You set the days and meals that the new mom would like help with. Then, family and friends can volunteer by signing up online. Email reminders are sent out to those who sign up and the new mom. My church family did this for me after my third child, and it was one of the best gifts I’ve ever received.
Oh Sleep. How doth I loveth thee! Most new moms really struggle with the lack of sleep they’ll experience in the first couple of weeks after delivery. If baby isn’t sleeping well it makes it even worse.
You can help! Make her read my post about helping your newborn sleep. Then, stay away for the first couple weeks. It’s nice when people try to show you they care by visiting, but it really makes it harder to relax.
Make a point to visit (after 2-4 weeks) to help with the baby or just hold the baby, while she takes a nap. Don’t let her stay up and visit with you! She’ll probably try to protest, but be persistent and make her go and lay down. Sleep isn’t just want she wants, but what she really needs.
3. Maid Service Please!
How many of you want someone to come and clean your house right now? So you know that a new mom would love this gift. If a maid service is a little too pricey, you could also surprise the new parents by coming over to clean the house while they are in the hospital. How awesome would that be?
Labor is hard work. After undergoing the most brutal pain and then experiencing sleepless nights, most new moms don’t want to do anything let alone their hair or nails. After caring for baby all day and night, a new mom needs some pampering too. A gift certificate to a spa so she can choose whatever she wants, is a gift she won’t forget!
New moms might be questioning their mothering skills after the first couple of nights at home. Even after 3 newborns, it still takes me a little bit to adjust. What’s more is that every baby is different; having their own little personality right off the bat. Most new moms may second guess themselves and their abilities. Don’t let them!
While advice is nice, please don’t force your newborn parenting methods on others. If they ask, that is one thing. What new moms really need is encouragement and reassurance that everything is going to work out, they’re doing just fine, and their baby is the cutest thing ever!
Are you a new mom? What’s that best gift you’ve been given, other than your beautiful new babe?
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