5 Easy Ways to Encourage a New Mom

5 easy ways to encourage a new mom

As a new mother, I was on the receiving end of some really sweet encouragement.  I remember the feelings of gratitude, of wanting to pay it forward- and I remember how hard it was to do much of anything, beyond taking care of my baby at that time.  


I looked forward to the time when I would get to be the one giving encouragement.  I didn’t want to forget how much of a need there is, for new moms to be showered with God’s love, through the encouragement of friends, in those early days of motherhood.  It’s a precious time.  It’s also an emotional and difficult time.


@@If you know a new mom, and you’re looking for ways to encourage her, here are 5 easy tips!@@


1.  Listen.  Acknowledge that motherhood is really hard.  New mothers need grace.  They need a safe person who will listen without judgment more than they need advice. 


2.  Bring them a meal.  Alleviating the pressure of planning, shopping, and cooking is a great gift.  It has never been easier to arrange meals for new moms.  My favorite way to organize meals for new moms is by using the app called Take Them A Meal.


3.  Pray for them (and let them know it).  I have a friend who’s a great source of encouragement to me through her prayers.  She sends me quick text messages once a week, reminding me that she’s praying and asking if there’s anything specific that she can pray about.  She told me at the beginning of the year that she had made a commitment to pray for me each week.  What an incredible blessing she is!   


4.  Be specific in your offers of help.  When my kids were younger, my husband and I had a wonderful group of friends who would offer to watch our kids for us if we wanted.   When an offer was open-ended, though, it felt really awkward to ask.  I really loved it when someone would say, “Hey, I don’t have plans on ____.  If you need some time away, I would be happy to come over and babysit for a couple of hours.”


5.  Share words of encouragement.  Send an encouraging card.  Texting or sending messages through social media allows a new mom, whose sleep schedule is probably a little crazy, to stay in touch with friends…when it’s convenient for them.  If you’re looking for things to say to your friend, here’s a great list from Rachel Wojo.

encourage one another 1 Thessalonians 5:11

I know there are many more ways to encourage a new mom.  These suggestions I’ve shared are ones that personally meant a lot to me.  Maybe, as you read this list, you thought of something else that somebody did to encourage you as a new mom.  I would love to read about it in the comments. 

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. “ 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (ESV)