It's no secret that the arrival of a new baby means major transitions. Never fear! You can give Mommy a little “Zen” by helping her feel supported and well-rested. If someone you know and love just welcomed a new bundle of joy, here are a few tips to consider before you head out for the first visit.
Even if you’ve already given a baby shower gift, don’t show up empty-handed. Check Mommy’s registry for lingering purchases or better yet, simply ask her what she needs. Chances are a few things were left off the original list. When in doubt, buying Mommy’s preferred brand of diapers may be a safe bet. Passing by her favorite cupcake shop enroute to the house? A sweet treat can bring instant joy – even if you have to indulge in secret.
Sometimes all new Mommy needs is a helping hand, literally. Yes, your amazing friend could possibly handle everything herself, but she will likely welcome your assistance with typical household tasks. Properly loading the dishwasher might gain you brownie points for life.
Older siblings around? Consider entertaining them to grant Mommy and new baby special one-on-one time. Even if Mommy rejected your cupcakes, her kiddos will likely relish venturing out for a scoop of ice cream.
The transition into motherhood can be overwhelming at times. The good news is you’re ready and willing offer relief. When the time is right, offer to take her out for the chance to connect and spend adult time. Perhaps time out for coffee, lunch, or a guilt-free pedicure. Be sure to use the time to connect and ask about how SHE’s doing.
With a new baby comes major transitions especially in when it comes to sleep routines. According to a survey by Colgate Kids, the nation’s oldest manufacturer of crib mattresses, more than half of new moms report they just want a little more sleep! Try giving her a temporary respite from tending to baby while she’s enjoying a midday nap.
While little one sleeps (under your watchful care), Mommy will have time to do whatever she chooses. Taking a long hot shower, watching the latest episode of her favorite TV show, or even taking a peaceful yoga class. Colgate offers caregivers the following advice for baby’s safe sleep:
Whether it's nap time or at night, always place babies on their backs for sleeping.
This includes adult beds, couches, or comforters. The safest surface for baby is a firm and flat crib mattress.
Make sure baby doesn’t get too warm during sleep and use lightweight sleep clothing.
With a new baby comes major transitions, and the rules of new baby etiquette can be exhaustive. However, with the right support – from great friends like you – every Mommy and new baby can experience tranquility and a little Zen!
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