If it takes a village to raise a child then we can agree that those first few weeks of having a newborn are a great opportunity for us to help new parents. As overjoyed as they are, there’s a good chance your friends are also a little overwhelmed and could really use a hand here and there around the house. Here are a few ways you can take some weight off their shoulders:
- Prep Meals
Making dinner with a newborn is not an easy task. Providing meals to the new parents fulfills their most basic need. There are a ton of healthy, organic recipes out there that you can make ahead of time and pop in the freezer for the hungry parents to reheat later in the week. Pinterest is the Holy Grail of weekly meal prep recipes: see some great ideas here.
- Be the Chauffeur
After the birth, mothers often have a lot of appointments and unexpected baby supplies to buy. Why not offer your time to drive them to those appointments or stores so that they have one less thing to worry about. And while you are driving them you can take the opportunity to be a sympathetic ear!
- Housework and Yardwork
In addition to feeding your friends, you could help clean up after them as well. Stop in occasionally and offer to do the dishes, mow the lawn, fold laundry, vacuum – whatever needs done. Even the smallest chores will make a huge difference in their hectic lives. And if you know of a reliable cleaning company, another great idea is to gift the new parents a few months of house cleaning.
The easiest way to offer your help? Just ask the new parents what they need. Run errands? Take pictures? Give them some space? Would one or both of them like to get out of the house for a little? Just make yourself a resource for your friends and they will be eternally grateful.
While helping one another is always a great idea, providing support has an even greater importance when it’s for a new mother that could be experiencing postpartum depression. Emotional and practical support can be a way for us to walk alongside the 10% of women that experience depression during pregnancy. See here for more resources.
Through our big or small actions, we can play a part in helping new parents through the challenges and rewards of parenthood.
Do you have any more ideas? Let us know in the comments!