Our ideas for how to give a new mom support is sponsored by Mirum Shopper on behalf of Parent’s Choice® Infant Formula but all opinions belong to us! And I have some opinions about this topic, I promise! But they are all about being positive when offering new mom support to the other moms in your life!
How to Give a New Mom Support
Now that I’ve had two babies, it’s interesting to see my friends become moms for the first time. They’re just like I was — all about the plans and how they think it will be to have a baby and become a mom. That journey is what inspired me to start this blog so many years ago! I had so many plans but not all of them worked out the way I thought they would!
We all have the best of intentions when we offer new mom support to our friends, but there are definitely some ways that are easy without putting any pressure on the new parents!
This is the number one for me. My advice to all of my mom friends is to trust your gut. We all parent in different ways and make different choices based on what works for our families. As long as parents are doing their best and everyone’s needs are being met, parenting is happening.
So be supportive of the decisions your friends make when it comes to their children. Things like sleep schedules, diapering, and feeding come to mind. There are so many approaches and we all have our own thoughts on what might be best. But sometimes you need to keep those to yourself and just remind your new mom friend that you know she’s doing her best and that she is rocking at this parenting thing!
New parents are usually overwhelmed. Whether it’s baby number one or baby number three, those newborn days are challenging for anyone. So if you want to give a new mom support, be specific in what you’re offering. I’ve learned they’re much more likely to accept help if they don’t have to think about it.
So instead of just asking if they need help, offer to come over and do something specific. Try one of these ideas for some practical support:
- Do a load of laundry
- Hold the baby so mom and dad can eat (or shower or spend time with other kids)
- Mop the floor
- Walk the dogs
- Take other kids out to the park or to play in the backyard
- Empty the dishwasher then load the next load
- Spend time with mom so she doesn’t feel so alone
Instead of asking what your friend needs help with, just offer to come and do something! If you remember those newborn days, help is needed with pretty much anything you can think of!
One of the best ways to help out parents during those crazy newborn days is to bring a meal over. Freezer meals are great but still require the tired parents to do some prep work. So treat them to a take out meal where everything comes ready to just be eaten! Add in items like paper plates, plastic forks, and napkins so the clean up is minimal too!
Don’t forget your new mom friend once the first few weeks go by. That’s when a lot of the support drops off. So bring by an unexpected meal once baby is a month or two old. Or send a gift card for a restaurant that offers takeout or delivery!
Learn about what your friends are using in terms of diapers, wipes, bottles, baby formula, and other supplies. Every families needs will be different and if your friend is not a first-time mom, they may not have gotten quite as many new supplies for the new baby. So consider picking up some extra supplies and bringing them over a few weeks or months into life with the new baby.
Walmart is a great place to get everything you might need for baby whether you’re a new mom or giving a new mom support. When my kids were young, we often picked up what we needed at Walmart and saved on it, including baby formula. Parent’s Choice® baby and toddler products are available exclusively at Walmart.
Besides saving money, there are some great features of Parent’s Choice® Infant Formula that made me feel very confident including:
- Nutritionally comparable to more expensive national brand infant formulas, including Enfamil®, Similac®, and Gerber®.
- Compliant with FDA nutritional standards and the recommendations of the AAP – the American Academy of Pediatrics.
- Clinically proven to support growth and development.
- Easy to digest and has been well tolerated by millions of babies.
- Clinically proven to be as well tolerated by infants as national brand formulas
What’s been great for us, is that the Parent’s Choice® products go beyond the infant formula we used as part of our combination feeding approach! You can also pick up these great products at your local Walmart:
- Baby and Toddler Foods [Yogurt Bites, Cereals, Cereal Bars, Little Puffs®, Little Fruits®, Little Munchers™, and Little Wheels™]
- Toddler Formula for Older Infants
- Ready-to-Drink Pediatric Nutritional Beverages
- Pediatric Electrolyte Rehydration Solution and Powder Sticks
All while saving money! So pick up some extra supplies for your friends with the new baby and they will appreciate it! One less trip for a tired mom or dad to make! Maybe they can even get a little rest instead of having to go out shopping!
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