How fun it is to open gifts at a shower for your coming baby. Those goodies are guaranteed to elicit a parade of ooh’s and aww’s. Little sweaters and hats, adorable cuddly toys – they were made to satisfy our need for cuteness.
Most new moms are highly focused on their baby’s needs, which is a good thing. Self-care is also extremely important, yet, at this time of new, unrelenting demands, it is easy to begin what can become a mom’s lifelong habit of putting herself at the bottom of her TLC list. When an unexpected gift for her arrives, most moms are startled and deeply grateful for the nurture directed her way. Here are some mostly low-cost suggestions for showing love to the new moms in your life:
1. Home-cooked meals – Staying well-nourished is good for all of us, all the time. How much more true of a new mom, experiencing sleep deprivation, and recalibrating hormones, especially if she’s eating not only for herself, but for her nursing babe. Preparing meals in small or individual packages that can be stored in the freezer will free your new mom from the often time-consuming task of cooking. Be sure to know of any allergies and avoid heavy spices and gassy foods (beans, onions, etc.) in order to minimize any digestive upset for baby. A meal that satisfies your gut and your heart cooked by someone who cares about you – Priceless.
2. Massage – Motherhood is incredibly physical. The constant lifting, carrying, bending, not to mention the muscle tension built by continually interrupted sleep makes moms prime candidates for massage therapy. Find a great licensed practitioner at a local day spa or one who makes housecalls (obviously, baby needs to be elsewhere) to provide some relief to that hardworking body. Having shoulders that aren’t wrapped around your neck anymore – Priceless.