Accepting Help from Friends and Family

In the early weeks and months with a newborn, help shouldn’t be another task you have to manage. Get a friend or family member to organize it for you. Here are 3 tips for help that can really make a difference:

 

  • Meals for you and your family – Have your organizing person accept meal offers and schedule them to show up when you need them. Remember, an offer to drop off dinner does not mean you need to entertain those delivering the meals, but it can be nice to have someone hold or occupy the baby while you and your partner have dinner together.
     
  • Baby breaks for you – A break can occur while you stay at home, take a little walk, go shopping, or exercise. Having someone else watch the baby allows you to focus on your own needs for a little while.
     
  • Errand runs – It’s not easy to take care of all your errands with baby in tow, so don’t hesitate to ask someone to pick up what you need.

If you don’t have family and friends nearby during these early weeks, seek out new parent groups in your community. You might find a neighbor or experienced parent you can call on for help and encouragement.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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