If one of your good friends or family members just had their first baby, you're probably thrilled for them and also wondering how you can help out. The new mom in your life is most likely filled with love for their baby, but also probably a little overwhelmed, stressed, and sleep-deprived. You want to help, but it can be hard to know how to lend a helping hand without being intrusive or in the way. Here are four thoughtful ideas:
Hire a Cleaning Service
The last thing an exhausted, sore new mom wants to do is run the vacuum or clean the bathroom. Hire a cleaning service provider to stop by and clean the house from top to bottom. A sparkling clean, fresh smelling house will cheer up the new mom in your life and eliminate any guilt she feels about chores stacking up.
Get Her a Massage
A gentle post-natal massage can ease tension and help relax her body after the strain of childbirth. Look for a trained massage therapist in your area who offers in-home massage services. Call or email them to make sure they have experience with clients who've recently given birth. Then purchase a gift card so that the new mom can schedule the massage at a time that's convenient for her.
Take Her Dog for a Walk
Dogs tend to get a little neglected when a baby is born, and most visitors won't think to help out in this way. Grab the leash and take the dog on a nice long walk. The dog will be happy, and so will the new mom since she'll have one less task to worry about.
Coordinate Meal Drop-offs
A great way to take care of a new mom and her family is to drop off pre-made lunches and dinners that can easily be warmed up and served. Rather than attempt to cook all of these meals yourself, enlist the help of mutual friends or family members. Plan a schedule so that everyone gets to help but no one is burdened with more meals than they have time to prepare. Use an online meal drop-off scheduling tool to help keep things organized.
Any of these gestures will be appreciated by your friend or family member after they have a baby. By being there for a new mom when she needs you, you'll help eliminate some of her worries and let her know you really care.
How many hours do you spend cleaning your home each week? Do you find it difficult to get to those difficult areas, like the bathrooms, as often as they need to be done? Have you considered hiring a cleaning service to come out and help you get the work done? I had never thought that I would be able to afford to hire a cleaning service, but my mother bought me a year's service for a Christmas gift. After that year, I hired the company on to come out and do just the three bathrooms and my kitchen once each week. To find out how you can schedule cleaning services to suit your personal needs, keep reading.