Here’s what’s on every new mom’s Christmas list!
It’s the time of year when you start seeing gift guides for every person in your life. For a new mom, these guides might suggest pampering products like body cream, makeup, or bath lotion.Are you kidding me? Forget all that! A new mom barely has time to shower every other day, much less relax in a luxurious bath! I’ve had four newborn babies now, half of them during deployments. You want to know what a new mom really wants for Christmas? Well here it is. Here's what is secretly on every new mom's Christmas list! #newmom #baby #Christmas #momof4 #justneedsleep Click To Tweet
A good night’s sleepA newborn eats every three to four hours. Then there is a diaper change and lots of rocking or walking to soothe the baby back to sleep. Add that all up, and a new mom never really sleeps. She naps or dozes throughout the night, with one ear constantly listening to the baby monitor. It’s no wonder that most new moms are walking zombies for the first few weeks! Want to give her an incredible gift? Come over and give baby a bottle for the midnight feeding. Or get up with baby at 5 AM and let mom sleep in for a glorious hour.
A home-cooked mealNo new mom has time to cook, especially if she has multiple children or is going through a deployment. Some moms prepare in advance with freezer meals they can thaw and reheat. But fresh fruit, salad, or baked goods are impossible treats for a while. Set up a meal train and give a new mom homemade dinners for her first week home from the hospital.
An extra pair of handsI’m not sure why we don’t grow extra hands with each new baby. Juggling a newborn and a toddler is daunting. Just getting into the car can be an ordeal! If you see a mom struggling at the grocery store or doctor’s office, offer to help. Hold the toddler’s hand while she holds the baby. . . or load the groceries into the car while she buckles in the kids. That is a gift that will truly make her day.
“Give a new mom an extra pair of hands. Whether it’s for a few moments or an hour, it will truly make her day!” ~The Seasoned SpouseA laundry fairy How does one tiny person create so much extra laundry? When I had young babies, I had to change their clothes at least twice a day, and I often had to change mine after a burping session too. The laundry piles up without end. Every new mom could use a true friend who would spend some time in the laundry room washing and folding clothes.