5 Ways to Welcome Home Mom and Baby

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Bringing a baby home from the hospital is a special moment. The new parents have probably prepared a nursery, cleaned and nested, and done everything they can to prepare. But you, as a support person, have the power to make it an even more magical moment. Whether your partner, sister, family member, or best friend is the one bringing a new baby home, check out the easy ideas below to make mom and baby feel special as they walk through the door. 

1. Fold the laundry, do the dishes, take out the trash, and clean up 

Even if the new parents were cleaning and nesting before the baby arrived, labor is often unpredictable and it’s not unlikely that there was laundry running, dishes in the sink, and loose items scattered across the house. Make sure the parents have the ability to focus on their new baby when they get home by taking care of all the little chores that need to be done to keep a home feeling neat and clean.

2. Have a favorite meal cooking

Nothing says “home” like the smell of a home cooked meal on the stove or in the oven. Before the new parents arrive home, get cooking! Make enough for leftovers and don’t forget to clean the kitchen before you go.

3. Make a welcome home banner

Whether you tie balloons to the mailbox, make a sign for the door, or hang a “Welcome Home” diaper garland inside, help the new family feel special by decorating for their arrival. Whatever you do plan to keep it simple enough that the new mom won’t have any trouble cleaning it up.

4. Document the moment

Be ready to snap a few pictures of the special moment as the new parents walk through the door. Coming home from the hospital is exciting but can also feel a little overwhelming. Likely, the new parents haven’t thought about the fact that they might want pictures of this special moment to look back on. Play photographer and send the new parents any great picture you take.

5. Keep checking in

During the first week or two, new parents often feel very supported. As time goes on, however, many people may stop checking in as they assume the new parents are doing okay. Though how you support the new parents may change over the first few weeks or months of their baby’s life, sticking around can be very meaningful. The best way to figure out what a new parent may need as their baby grows is to ask. So get curious, stick around, and know that the new parents in your life are lucky to have you!

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5 Ways to Welcome Home Mom and Baby

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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