1. I think there is a lot of good advice here, but what also needs to be remembered is that every new mother is different, and what one new mom needs verses another can be a night and day difference. The most important thing would be to ask “What can I do for you? What can I help you with?” Your first paragraph I would disagree with. I loved it when someone was willing to come over and just hold the baby when I was a new mom. My arms just got so tired of always holding the baby, it was a nice relief to have my arms (and time free) so I could do something else other than be glued to the baby. Its what I wanted as a new mother: some of my freedom back. Also, the last point, “skip the sermons”. Yes, I agree you should encourage, but getting advice, especially experienced advice was wonderful to me. I want to know what other women did with their little ones, and to hear what worked for them.

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