9 Ways to Help New Parents
9 Ways to Help New Parents
By Kelly Mitchem
Whether you have had kids before or not, having a newborn can be stressful and chaotic. It takes a village, which is where you come in. Below are some ideas for ways you can support new parents through the transition of life with a baby. Use them as a starting place and get as creative as you want, no gesture is too small. If you are a new parent yourself, put this list on your fridge for a friendly reminder for anyone stopping by. It always helps to have ideas ready to go.
No surprise this one is at the top of the list. Bringing food and groceries to parents with a new baby is one of the most helpful things you can do. They will be way too exhausted to think through every meal and snack. Bonus points if you drop it off in a dish they don’t need to return.
Offer to help out with anything on their to-do list. There will undoubtedly be a long list of things you can do to help around the house like washing dishes, vacuuming, walking the dog, or running errands.
Help with other kids
For parents of older kids, it can be difficult to work in a new baby to the family routine. Offer to help out by taking the other kids out for the afternoon or even for a walk around the neighborhood. Bring an activity over just for them: anything to help excite and entertain them to give Mom and Dad a break.
Help them figure things out
This applies to anything from new baby gear to tips for breastfeeding. Help them test out their new baby carrier, stroller, etc. Baby gear changes so fast that even if they have older children, things may be different than the last time around.
This seems simple, but just ask what you can do. It’s hard for anyone to ask for help when they are struggling, and it never hurts to remind them that you are there for whatever they might need.
Another simple one, but very powerful. New parents will have a lot they may want to discuss: life with their new baby, their exhaustion, their worries, etc. Make sure to let them know you are there to listen to whatever they want to talk about. It feels so good to be able to share with people who care.
Get them out
Even just a short walk around the neighborhood can do wonders for a new parent’s mood. Offer to walk with them and the baby to get some fresh air or run errands together. Anything simple and easy will help them get a change of scenery.
Pay attention to the parents,
not just the baby
The excitement over a newborn is ridiculously easy to get swept up in to. I mean, how could you not? But don’t forget to pay attention to the parents too, especially the mother. Let them know you see them and you are visiting to not only see the new baby but to see them as well.
The first few weeks after having a baby usually means a revolving door of visitors and loved ones checking in. But after the initial excitement dies down, it can feel very isolating to be a new parent. Keep checking in. Keep letting them know you are there and thinking of them. It will mean more than you know.
What else can you do to help a new parent?
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