You likely know someone in your life who is either pregnant or has had a baby recently. If you’ve had a baby yourself, you know how hard the first few weeks and months can be. And if you haven’t had a baby yourself, you’ve likely heard stories about new parents struggling to keep things together. Knowing these things, it can be incredibly helpful for new parents to feel love and support for those they know and care about.
If you’re wanting to be there for your friend but aren’t quite sure how, here are three ways to show support to a friend who’s just had a baby.
Let Them Know That You’re There For Them
Although your friend will likely be much busier and more tired than ever before, it can still be nice for you to reach out to them on occasion.
For many people who have kids, their relationship with their friends who don’t have kids can suffer simply because they can’t relate as well to each other anymore. But if you love your friend and want to show them support during this challenging time, calling or texting is still a nice gesture. As a good rule of thumb, try to reach out to say that you’d love to chat sometime when they have a few minutes. This will give you a much better chance of actually getting to speak with your friend since their schedule will likely be out of whack for a while.
Offer To Help In Specific Ways
If you’re wanting to lend a hand in a more concrete way, offering to help your friend with specific things is the best way to go about this.
Rather than just telling your friend to call you if and when they need something, offer to help them with something specific. For example, offer to come do some light cleaning for them or watch their baby while they take a luxurious bath. By offering them something specific, you take the pressure off of them to come up with something for you to do and then reach out to ask for it.
Understand That Your Relationship Will Likely Change
Having a baby is a big life change. Especially during the beginning times, your friend’s life and time will likely be occupied almost completely by their new baby. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t remain close friends. But to keep this friendship, it’s good to understand that your relationship will likely change slightly. Luckily, this doesn’t have to be a bad thing and can even strengthen your friendship, too.
If you have a friend who’s just had a baby that you want to be there and support, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you see how this can best be done.