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10 Things To Do For New Parents
After I had Beck and received so much help from friends, I resolved that I would offer that type of support to anyone else who had a baby. I know twenty women giving birth this year so I’ve got some work to do and here are some ideas I have on my list.
Watch the baby while the mom naps (or takes a shower)
Just an hour break can be heaven sent.
Bring a bagful of snacks that can be eaten with one hand
I didn’t leave my room until at least noon for the first couple of weeks. I needed bedside snacks to sustain me.
Hire a cleaning service
I would say do it yourself but you don’t want to make them feel awkward by deep cleaning their fridge. Hire a service to come in and do it. You can usually find good deals on coupon sites like Groupon.
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If they have an older child, schedule a play date
The parents will appreciate some one-on-one time with the little babe without having to yell, “Be gentle!” every two seconds.
Mow their lawn
Yard work is not on their priority list so chip in.
Invite them out to lunch (or a short outing)
After a few weeks, they’ll appreciate the adult interaction and like an opportunity to get out of the house. That is if it’s short and doable.
image: Anne Parker
Gift a subscription to Netflix
Feedings are long and frequent at first, give mom a bit of a distraction.
Tell them their baby is cute and awesome
That’s what they really want to hear. Confirmation that they’re baby is as cute as they think they are.
Tell the mom she looks radiant
She most likely feels frumpy and out of sorts. She’ll need the little compliment boost.
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After a tiring day, they’re not so excited to spend an hour in the kitchen. Bring a meal and they’ll love you forever.
image: The Pioneer Woman