5 Creative Ways to Help a New Mom
You may have already thought of the perfect gift to get for a new parent, but the best present of all may be giving your time. A lot of new parents are overwhelmed with sleep deprivation, nursing issues and generally getting used to the new tiny person in their house. That’s why this is the best time to offer a helping hand with the things that are left undone. Here’s a few ideas to get you started on the path to BFF all-star.
1. Offer to run errands with her. Your friend would probably love to get out of the house, even if it means going grocery shopping. But with a baby, even the simplest errands can be draining. Offer to help out not by running the errand yourself (although that can be a Godsend too), but by keeping her company while she shops for groceries, post-maternity clothes or baby supplies. She’ll really appreciate having some extra hands to take care of baby and having some much-needed adult time to share what she’s going through.
2. Babysit her older kids. Newborns are a ton of work, and any new mom would be exhausted taking care of a baby. But the most overwhelming part of having a new baby is often juggling baby’s needs with taking care of the older kiddos. If you aren’t up for babysitting a newborn or your friend is too protective of her baby to even consider it, offer to babysit your friend’s older children instead. By taking them to a movie (admit it — you want to see the new Pixar too) or putt-putt golf, or babysitting at home while mom takes her new baby out (and taking the opportunity to clean the house a bit, you awesome human, you), you’ll be giving your friend some quiet time that she can spend bonding — undistracted — with her newest little one.
3. Text before you visit. Shoot your friend a quick message to see if she is up for guests before popping over. There are a ton of reasons why it’s best to give a new mom some space when they are first getting used to caring for their baby. From shifting hormones and breastfeeding issues to finally catching a solid three hours of sleep in the middle of the afternoon, their schedule isn’t like it used to be, and it’s best to check in before you go over.
4. Create the ultimate binge-watching list. Once the new mama is settled into her new routine, life gets a little easier and sometimes a little boring. Newborns sleep a lot and it’s not always easy to sleep when the baby sleeps. Help your buddy out while she’s on maternity leave and email her a list of shows and movies to watch while she has the play and pause button handy. If she’s always been a major bookworm, deliver a few of your fave reads to her house to encourage her to discover her old self (the one before her life seemed centered around baby) for a night.
5. Help her capture the moment by taking pictures. This is the easiest way to help. Your friend likely has a phone filled with images of her little snuggle buddy, but not too many of her and her new baby together. Offer to sit with the baby while she takes a long shower and let her take her time getting prepped for a friendly photo sesh. When she’s ready to go, snap away with her phone and load all the images onto her computer when you’re done.
What were the most helpful things people did for you after your baby came home? Tweet us your stories @BritandCo!
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It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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