Things new moms need for themselves:
In the excitement of a new little one joining the world, moms can be forgotten sometimes. Here are some of our favorite and most useful ideas to encourage your mama friends during this difficult and exciting season.
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Things New Moms Need For Themselves AFTER The Baby Is Born
Seriously though, the short answer is:
Food. Caffeine. Time.
But, you can find the long answer below. Keep those words in mind as you scroll through these encouraging gift ideas for the new mama!
Food is a necessity! Especially when the mama already has little ones around. The last thing she wants to think about during recovery with a newborn and littles running around is what to put on the table for dinner. But what about hubby? There are a lot of lucky gals like me who have husbands that are willing and fully capable of handling that themselves; but honestly, it’s nice for hubby to have a breather and soak in the newborn time as well.
- Homemade meal
- Meal delivery
- Gift card
Include paper items!! Eliminate the need for dishes for the new family. Include cups, silverware, bowls, and plates. And if you can afford it and go the extra step, get nice brands. There’s nothing more frustrating than having a 4-year-old walk across the kitchen with a paper plate, only to have it collapse and spill their dinner everywhere!
DIY Postpartum Recovery Kit
Postpartum can be a difficult time. I had relatively easy births and recoveries and the postpartum season still rocked my world. Here are some of my favorite “must-haves” for recovery that I know moms will appreciate.
- Belly Band (This BY FAR was my most valuable postpartum item after having my third. I can’t believe I didn’t discover using one for my second birth. Afterpains get increasingly worse after each birth. These belly bands not only help with afterbirth cramping but they also help shrink your uterous back to an appropriate size and help wiith postpartum baby weight. It’s literally a life saver.)
- Perineal Spray
- Organic Perineal Balm
- Tumbler with straw
- Organic Herbal sitz bath
- Organic postpartum tea
- Organic skin and scar balm
Being willing to come over and hold a baby or entertain the other kids for an hour or so while mama naps can be a huge blessing. Postpartum can be a difficult recovery process and sleep is an essential part of healing!
I tend to spend the first week or so in my bed with my new little one. Being able to reach over and grab self-care items is such a relief to me as a mom. I had a sweet friend drop off a basket full of these items and I loved using them! This basket is a perfect gift to set on a new mom’s bedside table for all of her personal care needs!
- Head bands
- Hand sanitizer
- Face wipes
- Dry shampoo
- Coffee tumbler
- Snacks (granola bars, chocolate, etc.)
- Her favorite drink
- Extra long cell phone charging cord
- Words of encouragement
- Heating pad
- Fuzzy blanket
- Memory journal
- Epsom salt
- Healing bath bombs
Help With Chores
I STRUGGLE when my house is falling apart. And, let me tell you when there is a new baby, my house falls apart. It’s hard not to when there are 4 toddlers against 2 exhausted parents. Seriously, if somebody came in and cleaned my stove for me my love tank would instantly fill up. I attended a friend’s birth last week and while she labored I organized her baby clothes. Anything to remove something off of a mama’s plate is a blessing. For a new mama you could:
- Clean a bathroom
- Get laundry started
- Fold laundry
- Organize baby clothes
- Clean up the kitchen
- Clean up the kids toys
For more tips on organizing baby clothes you can check out:
If the new mama is like me, storage baskets are EVERYTHING. Pick up a pack of these sweet nursery baskets to be used around the house to organize all of the new items such as diapers and wipes!
I always say that the one thing they don’t properly warn you about is how difficult breastfeeding can be. With my first, I was in tears every day. Breastfeeding can be a daunting task and you want to encourage as much as you can during this time! A few gifts to encourage new moms are:
- Poppy pillows
- Nipple cream (this organic nipple cream was a life saver with my first. I bled and cracked until this came on the scene.)
- Favorite drink
- Nursing bras
- Nursing tanks
- Nursing pads
- Lactation tea
- Lactation cookies
“It takes a village.” Community is super important, and when a mama brings a new life into this world they NEED their community. Birth is the time to rally around a woman. Birthing a small human can become a lonely process when it doesn’t need to be. MOPS is an amazing group for new moms. I have had the privilege of being a part of a few and those friendships carried me through some significant life milestones.
When my last was born we were in the middle of adoption and my MOPS group showed up to bring us meals every day. It was such a blessing!
You can look for your own MOPS groups in your area by checking this out!
Comfortable Postpartum Clothing
Comfortable clothing is where it’s at after labor! Your clothes don’t fit, you’re achy and you’re dealing with raw recovery wounds and nursing. Having comfortable postpartum clothing is such a gift during that season!
Word of advice for new moms
- This season is sweet, treasure it as it passes.
Luke 2:19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.
- Get rid of the mom guilt. It’s not worth it! Your child will remember all the sweet memories you created, not what they didn’t have.
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
- All moms struggle. You are not alone! Find your tribe and get plugged in. Don’t walk this road alone.
Ecclesiastes4:9-10 Two are better than one, because they have good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!
- Be gracious towards yourself and your spouse. Your hubby is walking through this process too. Lots of grace!
Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
- They grow up fast! They grow up so quickly. You have 18 summers with your little one. Cherish each and every one of them.
Psalm 127:3-4 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of ones youth.
- Your body has changed and that is okay, mama! It carried and birthed a human being. Nourish it well.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
- You’re going to make mistakes. We are all human.
Romans 3:23-24 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and we are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemtion that is in Christ Jesus,
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