Being a new mom can be so tough, even though the newborn stage is a beautiful time. Here are some ideas for how you can bless a new mother with a heartfelt prayer for her, and also by helping her out in other ways.
I have had four babies so far. I remember being caught off guard by just how hard it was the first time for us to adjust to being new parents. She had trouble going to sleep, and it exhausted me to have so many sleepless nights.
I wondered how others do it with more children. But everyone said that it gets easier with practice. That is often true. I found that none of the others were such a big adjustment. I had already learned to do a lot of the baby care stuff automatically.
However, each time there was some adjusting to do.
I have been blessed with kind people who helped me to get through the adjustment stage. So far my mom has come each time to help out the first days, and then I have a neighbor lady to do my cleaning for me for a while. Other family members around me helped out too.
That all said, I think newborn babies are a great joy. I love the newborn stage for the most part. But there are some hard days. Sometimes new moms just need a bit of help with their changing hormones, balancing other children, colicky babies, and lack of sleep.
Prayer for a New Mom
One simple way to bless a new mom is to let her know you are praying for her. Sometimes we just need to know someone else is thinking about us. After all, we can’t do this without God’s help either. Ask her if she has a specific prayer request. Here is a simple prayer you can pray for a new mom, or you can pray it for yourself if you are a new mom.
Bless this new mom with Your gentle presence in these days of adjustment to having the new baby around. Please help her to be able to rest in You. Heal her body from the changes that come with birth. If she struggles with emotions and hormones that are out of whack, help her to trust in You and find strength in You. May Your Holy Spirit guide her as she tries to be the mother You want her to be.
Bless the baby with good health and a good sleeping pattern, and bless Mama on the days things just don’t go as planned or it is hard to cope. May this precious baby grow up to serve You wholeheartedly all their life. May the baby also be a blessing to all who come near. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Other Ways to Bless a New Mother
There are so many simple ways to bless a new mother. These are some of the ways I love to be cared for when I have a new little life to care for.
Notice Mom Too
Everyone is always excited to meet the new babies, and that is all good and fine. However, mom is the one who did the actual hard work, and it can be a special touch if you take the time to really notice her and how she is doing.
Greet her with a smile and ask specifically how she is doing or how you can help her. It could mean a lot to her.
Get Her a Personal Gift
It is often the practice to get a baby gift when a new child is born. How about instead getting a gift for mom, especially if she has enough baby stuff? Maybe she would be blest with some new slippers or a housecoat. Again, it can mean a lot to have someone simply care intentionally.
I also find that now after having several babies and having enough baby clothes etc., a package of pampers or some practical gift is often appreciated just as much as a new baby outfit. Sometimes giving her the gift of rest by helping out a bit is the best thing you can do.
Bring Baby Meals
For me getting a meal brought in by someone else is really special. (Tip: check if there are any foods mom avoids because of a colicky baby.)
Along with that, remember to respect a mother’s wishes when it comes to company. I know women who just want food dropped off but no visitors, while others want you to stay for supper. It all depends on the culture and personality of the mother and visitors.
I live in an area where I don’t have the option of getting many baby meals brought in. Instead, my mom has sometimes asked others to send me a freezer meal beforehand. Other times she has helped me prepare freezer meals myself before the baby comes.
It has really helped to have meals and baked goods that I can pull out of the freezer and heat. On busy days or when I simply want to relax a bit more I don’t have to make meals from scratch.
Help Out With the Other Children
Sometimes a newborn baby leaves the other little children feeling very much that mom is suddenly so tied up and can’t do “fun things” with them anymore. Maybe the new baby’s siblings simply need an adult who can give them some attention.
You can offer to take them out if mom wishes, or even just come over and keep them entertained so mom can rest and enjoy her baby without feeling like the other young children are getting neglected. Offer to babysit if mom needs to go to a doctor’s appointment. Again, check and see if that is what the new mother wants, or how she would like for you to help out with the older children.
Do Some Cleaning or Dishwashing.
Maybe you think it is a help if you come to hold the little baby, and it can be sometimes. But many mothers want to just be able to hold their babies and enjoy this new life. Maybe offer to do something else instead so Mom can rest.
Ask mom what she wants and respect her wishes. Look around for something you can do without being asked. Often washing a sink full of dishes or sweeping the floor will be a sure way to bless the new mother and cheer her up on a long day. May God bless you for blessing a new mother.
It Takes a Village
They say it takes a village to raise a child. Most moms really appreciate some help and support, whether from another family member or a friend, because we can’t do it all in our own strength. Just a bit can go a long way to making motherhood enjoyable and precious, as it should be.
If you are a new mother:
What are your favorite ways to be supported as a new mom, and for what do you need prayer in that stage? Let me know in the comments. I am learning too and not every mother is the same.
Be a praying mom.
If you want to learn more about the powerful prayers of a mother, check out my study of praying mothers in the Bible. Also, start your day with prayer, and include your husband, children, and other moms going through hard times in your daily prayers.
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Another Prayer for New Parents
Dear God,Thank You for the blessing of this precious child and the gift of life. Bless their dear father and mother as they enter this stage. Help them to model the unconditional love of our dear heavenly Father to their children each step of the way. Give them from the well of Your grace for the hard days and nights. May Your name be glorified in this child’s life. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen