As a considerate mom friend, you know the importance of postpartum care. Whether you finally have a niece to nuzzle or your bff just sent a text that she's headed to the hospital, help the new mama in your life make a comeback with a thoughtful care package filled with all the things you know she needs.
Are you and your gal pals in the middle of baby season? If you’ve already added to your brood (congrats!), you can attest to the postbaby period being a bit of a fog. Chances are a brand-new mom will prepare well for baby, but she’ll forget to give herself some TLC. To ensure she has comfort and relief within reach, deliver these simple, yet oh-so helpful goodies to the lady you love—and keep them in mind for when baby gets a sibling.
Snacks on snacks on snacks
Eating can be tricky terrain after giving birth, but it’s important for mom to nourish her healing body. Tackle her hunger by offering protein-packed bars she can eat while feeding her wee one; quick picks filled with healthy lactation ingredients like oats, fruit and nuts are also plus for those breastfeeding. It may be the only thing she consumes until 3 p.m., so don’t be afraid to stock her cabinets.
An encouraging read
There isn’t much down time once home from the hospital, but breastfeeding, pumping and long sessions in the rocking chair can sometimes call for a little entertainment. She’ll be reaching for her phone often (Hello, online shopping!), but an influential book on motherhood may provide a relaxing way to help pass the time, lull her to sleep or keep her motivated to accomplish her next task.
A cooling companion
It’s anything but glamorous, but her nether-regions are going to need some serious attention. Add Tucks medicated cooling pads to the mix; they relieve itching and discomfort after labor and delivery, and she will be more than thankful to heal her poor lady bits. Add an extra pack for good measure!
A mini spa day
It may seem simple, but candles create a calm atmosphere new moms need. Apart from the warmth and dim lighting, the therapeutic scents of lavender, chamomile and rose can soothe and aid in her ability to relax. If she’s not keen on artificial smells, essential oils do the trick, too! Add in a brightening facial mask (she needs it), and she’ll be in heaven for at least 5 minutes.
A protective balm
Breastfeeding is wonderful for bonding with her newborn, but with it comes dry, chapped and irritated nipples. Give her something to moisturize and soften nursing nipples, like an organic coconut balm that keeps her feeling fine, so she can better focus on those precious moments.
A warm hug
Don’t underestimate the power of a good blanket. Everyone likes them; you can’t get enough of them. Include one in her gift set to top it all off and let her know you’re really thinking about her in this special stage of life as a new mom.
This post was made in partnership with Tucks, the medicated cooling pads every new mama needs.