Tips for friends to help new parents
For many family and friends there is alot of excitement around a newborn baby coming into the world. From wanting to visit the little one to offering help and support to the new parents. I remember when my daughter was born, I have a large extended family my Dad is one of 11 (I know Catholic family living on the land in rural New South Wales). My husband much to my horror told people sure you can come visit but please bring morning, tea, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner with you. I was completely horrified about his request but honestly it was a blessing. I have put together a few tips for family members and friends on how they can help out the new parents.
- As mentioned above bringing meals does make life alot easier. Those early days with a newborn not much sleep, learning how to be a family of 3 or more, every day chores to be done. The last things new parents are thinking about or wanting to do is cook. If you are dropping by why not bring them something they can heat up for dinner. I know from many visitors the last thing I wanted was to be entertaining them as I usually would with morning tea, lunch etc…
- Offer to help around the home even the likes of doing some laundry, folding clothes or washing up can be a huge help to the new parents
- Why not offer to mind or watch over the newborn so Mum or Dad can have a shower and a little sleep, we all know how much we need that hot shower and sleep it will make them feel recharged
- If the family have older children offer to take them to the park or even just play with them. The kids will love the extra attention whilst providing some much-needed respite for the parents
- Offer to run some errands from picking up a few things like milk or bread or anything else they may need. Getting out of the house to do simple things when a newborn is a daunting and difficult task
- Why offer to take the new parents for a coffee or even for a walk. Getting out of the house is difficult but does the new parents a world of good. If you don’t live close by a text or phone call is a great way to let them know you are thinking out them
Any sort of help or assistance you can provide to new parents is usually welcomed.