Wondering about what to put in a care package for new moms and dads?
You might not have kids of your own and that makes it difficult to know what would be useful!
I’m a recent new mom. My son was born in April 2020.
April 2020 was during level 5 lockdown in my country due to the pandemic. So a lot of help and support new moms typically get I didn’t have access to.
Sometimes people take for granted the small things that make their life easier. But I didn’t have that. So I can still vividly remember what support and care I would have liked.
The following is a list of things you can give or do that will support that new mom (or dad) in your life. And they will be eternally grateful to you (I know I would have been!).
#1: Someone to clean the house
I’m normally quite concerned with how clean the house is. But add a newborn to the mix and my desire for a clean house went into overdrive.
It was especially frustrating because we couldn’t have someone come help. And I was recovering from a C-section, so most of the cleaning I couldn’t do myself.
My dear husband tried, but he didn’t stand a chance to meet the high standards I was setting. My mommy instincts and hormones were all over the show.
Either go in person to help clean or organise for a professional to help. Regularly.
Unfortunately, houses do not stay clean.
But, honestly, even a once-off session would help a ton. Even if all you do is the dishes.
When you’re so tired from lack of sleep, making food can be such a chore.
We couldn’t even order take-away because of the pandemic.
So Take some food to the new parents, especially food that only needs to be heated. You will score major brownie points.
Related to the previous point, snacks are fantastic items to add to a care package.
If you’re not feeling up to cooking, or you only want a nibble, snacks are so handy to have around.
Also, I was breastfeeding, so I was constantly hungry and looking for something to munch on.
Bonus points if it’s healthy snacks.
#4: Epsom salts and lavender essential oil
It’s divine to make yourself a bath, add a cup of Epsom salts and add a few drops of essential oil.
It’s so relaxing, and honestly, it’s a great treat for the new mom.
Try to be the one to draw the bath and offer to look after the newborn while mommy is relaxing. You will have made yourself a friend for life.
#5: Breastfeeding support
Breastfeeding is not easy. It doesn’t come as “naturally” as people would have you believe.
And society puts so much pressure on new moms. When I struggles with breastfeeding I felt like such a failure.
But I found this evidence-based program that absolutely changed my breastfeeding journey around. I ended up breastfeeding my son for an entire year!
This is a link to the program. Giving this type of support to a new mom is life-changing.
I’m not exaggerating.
Get the program for her, or contribute towards it. It’s help she doesn’t even know she needs.
#6: Emotional support
I desperately wanted a shoulder to cry on. And someone to care about me, not just the baby. I wanted some validation that I was a good enough mom.
My husband tried, and he did help. But sometimes a new mom needs the support of other women.
If you can help with that, you will make a new mommy feel much less alone.
I hope this list of items to include in a care package for new parents help. You can really make a difference in someone’s life with thoughtful gifts and support.