You always read about what not to say, so I thought I’d flip the script and share 10 things to say to a new mom. Just saying something nice and simple can go a long way in brightening a mom’s day, especially since that day has been more than likely quite hectic. If you say any of these things, or if you hear any of these things, someone’s doing something right.
1. “You look great!”
Because I probably feel anything but great, what with my questionable state of hygiene, unkempt hair, uptake of caffeine and severe lack of sleep. A compliment on my appearance is the sweetest thing I can hear. Except for my baby’s coos, of course.
2. “Your baby is so well-behaved!”
Nobody wants their baby to start screaming bloody murder in the middle of a meal out or in a crowded grocery store, yet it is a common fear all of us new moms carry with us. Letting me know that my baby is pleasant and not bothering you in the slightest is a welcome comment and one that probably isn’t said enough.
3. “Can I bring dinner over sometime?”
Because, food. It is always needed, always a good idea and a huge help. Bring the food and everybody’s happy.
4. “I’ll babysit!”
As a brand new mom, I may not want to leave my baby yet, but even just an offer to come watch the baby while I get things done around the house, take a bubble bath or clock in a nice long nap will be a huge help and much needed break!
5. “What a cute baby!”
I never ever get sick of hearing it.
Well, I obviously know this to be true already, but I never ever get sick of hearing it. Ever. I mean, I did make him, after all, and he’s kind of my biggest accomplishment. To hear that I did a great job will make me beam like no other…
What would you add?
p.s. I also wrote a not-to-be-taken seriously article, “9 Things NOT to Say to a New Mom” if you want to check that out! ;)