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July 27, 2023 3 min read

Welcoming a new baby is an extraordinary and life-changing event for any woman. As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child, or in this case, to provide the necessary support and care to new parents. So, how can you be a part of that village and lend a helping hand? We've compiled over 20 thoughtful and easy tasks that will earn you the title of "Friend of the Year." From delivering new mom essentials to offering personalized gifts and support, these thoughtful gestures will make a significant impact during this special time. Let's dive in, and remember, sharing this article with new moms and dads can speak volumes on your behalf.

  1. Nourish Them: Drop off delicious and nutritious meals at their doorstep. New parents are often too busy and exhausted to think about cooking, so lending a hand with food will be a huge relief for them.
  2. Organize a Meal Train: Use platforms like babylist.com to coordinate a schedule where friends and family can take turns providing meals for the new parents during those early, hectic days.
  3. Run Errands: Offer to run errands for the new mom, whether it's picking up nursing pads, diapers, or even filling up her car with gas.
  4. Run Errands Together: Some moms prefer to personally select baby products, so accompany your friend on shopping trips to offer support and help with decision-making.
  5. Be Mindful of Conversation: Understand that the new mom's focus may shift towards baby-related topics for a while. Be a good listener and show interest in her experiences.
  6. Offer Help Around the House: Ask the new mom what tasks you can assist with, such as folding laundry, cleaning, or hiring a house cleaner for her.
  7. Help with Baby Gear: Baby products can be overwhelming; offer your expertise in using items like baby slings or bouncers.
  8. Pamper the New Mom: Offer to babysit while she indulges in a massage, haircut, or a relaxing manicure/pedicure.
  9. Be Mindful of Time: Understand that long socializing sessions might not be feasible during this time. Offer your understanding and continue to show your support.
  10. Entertain Older Siblings: If the new mom has older kids, take them off her hands for a while, giving her some quality time with the newborn.
  11. Assist with Thank You Notes: Offer to help with writing and addressing thank you notes for gifts and gestures the new mom has received.
  12. Practice Hygiene: Always wash your hands before holding the baby and respect the new parents' wishes regarding physical contact.
  13. Plan a Short Outing: Organize a nearby, baby-friendly adventure for the new mom, giving her a change of scenery.
  14. Capture Family Moments: Offer to take photographs of the new family, including both parents and the baby, so they have cherished memories to look back on.
  15. Stay Calm During Crying Episodes: New babies cry, and it's normal. Instead of panicking, offer support and reassurance to the new mom.
  16. Help with To-Do Lists: Check with the mom if she needs assistance with any tasks, from buying baby supplies to scheduling appointments.
  17. Offer Night Shifts: If the new parents are comfortable, volunteer for night shifts to allow the mom some rest and sleep.
  18. Curate Entertainment: Load up their Netflix and DVR with shows and movies, as they'll likely have some downtime while feeding the baby.
  19. Bring Diapers and Wipes: You can never have enough diapers and wipes, so consider bringing these essential supplies as a thoughtful gift.
  20. Show Appreciation: Don't forget to celebrate and appreciate the new mom herself! Consider thoughtful gifts like cozy pajamas, flowers, or hosting a small gathering with her closest friends.
Supporting a new mom is a heartfelt and essential role we can all play. From providing a listening ear to delivering thoughtful new mom care packages, our gestures can make a lasting impact on her journey into motherhood. Let's be part of her village, offering love, care, and support every step of the way.