Women and families need support now more than ever. As we embrace this new normal and allow the world to heal, we are forced to do a lot of things differently. For a new mom, it’s the absence of a warm welcome from family and friends as she brings her baby home for the very first time.
But this doesn’t mean that there is nothing we could do to support a new mom from the comfort of our own home. Three of my closest friends and family gave birth during the pandemic and these were ideas that my husband and I came up with to welcome them into parenthood.
Support her recovery. You can support a new mom emotionally by letting them know that you are just a phone call away, and by checking in with her regularly.
Deliver gift box for mom & baby. You could either get them from an online store or make your own. Fill a small (or big) box with treats for the new mama and cute little gifts for the baby.
Encourage self-care for the new mom. This is a critical time for new moms to practice self-care. Consider sending her something nice like an instant face mask, candles, lotion or anything else that makes her feel cared for.
Buy her food. In KL you could get food delivered to almost anywhere via Grabfood or Foodpanda (I’m not too sure how it works in other states, you could share them with me in the comment section below). They are so quick and efficient, and any new mom would appreciate something delicious & nutritious.
Send a card. I’m old school and have always loved getting handwritten notes. Send some love and positivity their way in the form of a nice little card.
Help purchase some essentials for the baby. This will always be a thoughtful gift. You could get the new family a month's worth of diapers and wet wipes so that the new (and exhausted) parents would not have to go out to shop for them.
Have someone mow their lawn (but be sure to let them know beforehand). New parents have so much on their plate and will almost never have the opportunity to get any house chores done. You could pitch in and help out with some of them where you can.
Sending all the love to new and expecting moms, stay well & safe!
PS/ Please remember that while the current Movement Control Order is only temporary, some families might still be uncomfortable accepting guests into their home. Don’t put them in a difficult position by still wanting to visit and see their newborn baby. Respect the decisions they have made to keep their family safe. You can always be supportive from afar.