Real Moms Share the Nicest Thing Anyone Did for Them After They Had a Baby

Parents are often in a daze in the days and weeks after welcoming a new baby into their family. Parenting a newborn is exhausting and, without the love and support of those in the community, it can be an overwhelming task. Thank goodness for the family members, church members, neighbors, and even strangers who make the transition to parenthood smoother with their support and kindness. Check out what real mom’s said when they were asked, “What’s the nicest thing anyone did for you after you had your baby?”

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Sarah L.: A group of mamas in my town organized meal trains. I had hot meals delivered every night for the first month. It was amazing. I had a c-section with complications, so knowing hot meals were coming was a lifesaver. I have been happy to pay it forward when other families have had babies. 

Kelly P.: When my wife was 35 weeks pregnant with our twins their nursery was still an office. My sister-in-law and her husband drove 12 hours for our baby shower. They gutted the room and made our sweet babies a nursery while we were at work. It was the nicest thing anyone did!

Amber R.: I was due on Dec. 31st, and hubby was the only one working. We were very low income and had the bare minimum for our coming baby. We didn’t buy each other any gifts at all for Christmas. One day I heard a knock at the door, so I came downstairs. No one was there, but my entire porch was full of baby items. A swing, rock ‘n' play, outfits, diapers, all kinds of stuff. Plus, there were two wrapped presents addressed to my husband and I. We each got a gift card, a beautiful warm coat, and matching scarves. I never found out who left it all for us, but it was an incredible blessing. I have tried to repay it by doing similar things for others when I'm able. 

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Carissa S.: My son and I had severe difficulties with latching when he was born. I was getting really worried that he wasn't getting anything by the second day. Two local friends offered to give me some of their milk to get us through that rough patch. That encouraged me so much. I felt so blessed.  Since then, I have taken every chance available to pass that support and help on to other moms in whatever way I can. It makes such a huge difference!

Laurie T.: My parents live out of state. After our baby was born, they rented a furnished apartment for two months (where we live) to help us with our baby. My parents stayed up all night many nights so we could sleep. They made our meals, ran errands, bought food for us, arranged for two date nights, and were just there every day to help. It was such a blessing!

Brigitte H.: My sister sent me a cookie bouquet. It saved me when I was waking up at 3 a.m., starving from breastfeeding. Without those giant baby block shaped sugar cookies, I would have been rocking in a corner eating peanut butter out of the jar with a spoon!

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Jacquelyn B.: My friend came over to chat, listen to my birth story, and ooh and ahh over the baby. She didn’t give any advice or opinions. She was just there for me. 

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Amanda M-H.: My first born was maybe two weeks old and I was in line at Safeway when an incredible lady behind me chose to pay for my food. She said she has always wanted to help a new mother out as she did not have kids of her own. The lady absolutely insisted. It was a huge, amazingly sweet gesture since I had to be gluten, dairy, and soy-free. We were struggling so much between the new baby and my diet restrictions. I lost count of how many times I thanked the lady. This will stick with me for life. It was so kind and out of the blue in such a hard and wonderful and confusing time of my life. Really, it was the nicest thing anyone did!

Jessica A.: My friends bought diapers and didn't tell me about it. They had them sent right to my house. It happened right as I was putting my baby into his second-to-last diaper. We had no money to buy more. I was in tears because I didn't know what I was going to do. He was on his changing table when I looked out the window and saw the mail carriers truck. I picked him up and walked him to the door and there was an enormous box of Luvs. This was over two years ago and it brings tears to my eyes thinking about it. Truly, it was the nicest thing anyone did.

Claire M.: My sister made sure that she got some nice pictures of my newborn son and I together. In the hospital, there was only one picture taken of just me and my baby and I didn't think it was that flattering. I was kind of bummed because I had made sure to get a bunch of pictures of everyone else. So, once I was back home, my sister helped me get ready and did a mini photo-shoot. I still am so thankful to have those photos. 

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Kriz A.: I am a single parent. Anyone who came and cleaned, cooked, or was simply there to take my son and give me a break was an angel. One friend came by my house once a week with take-away food. This friend would cuddle my son so I could go for a walk alone. It was heaven.

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Real Moms Share the Nicest Thing Anyone Did for Them After They Had a 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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