Caring for a newborn baby is one of the hardest jobs on the planet, one that I haven’t experienced, but know enough about to appreciate. Each time one of my friends has a child, I’m amazing at the strength and compassion it takes. I’m constantly blown away by the long hours of care and dedication newborns require, something that makes mothers super human in my opinion.
Catherine will have a wonderful support system in the coming weeks helping her adjust to motherhood and teaching her to care for Prince George. While staying at her family’s home in Bucklebury, I can just see Carole attending to Kate’s and the baby’s every need, while Pippa is in the kitchen whipping up nutritious comfort food for Kate. Yet, not every woman is as lucky to have a great family support system close by and able to help. This is where friends come in, and I know Kate would go to lengths in order to help hers through the amazing, yet tough time, childbearing is.
For those that might need to be helping a new mother soon, here are some tried and true methods for making her life easier:
Do Some Batch Cooking
Newborns need to be fed about every two hours, which leads to a very tired and sleep deprived mom. While she is busy caring for baby, cooking dinner will be the last thing on her mind, yet it is so important she be eating a healthy, balanced diet. Since we don’t all have an Aunt Pippa around, at a baby shower I attended recently, all the guests were put to work making Crockpot recipes and casseroles for the new mom’s freezer. She had over 50 different meals ready for her when she and the baby got home, making her life much easier.
Pass on Advice
Being a new mom can be a tiring and desperate job. Newborns are a huge adjustment, and even with unwavering love felt towards the baby, it’s easy for moms to feel they are doing it all wrong, especially if your baby has a healthy set of lung like Prince George. If you’ve had a baby, put together a book of advice to share, little tips you wished you had known, and if not, write out words of encouragement reminding her she is the best mom ever. When things get tough, these notes can help your friend pull through.
Plan a Shower
After a month with the new baby, your friend will be due for some pampering. With her approval, arrange for the baby to stay with its dad for a few hours and treat her to a “Mom Shower.” Invite close friends, giving her a way to catch up and be social, watch movies, have home spa treatments, and a delicious dinner. It’s a way for your friend to relax and feel like a real person again. Even Kate had her hair dresser pay her a visit right after giving birth at St. Mary’s hospital.
It’s so important for women to support each other during these life-changing times; it’s truly what Kate would do.