As a single mommy, I know just how hard it can be bringing up a little one on your own. The hardest time for single moms is when their child is newborn, as there is just so much pressure to deal with.
Most people think that when relationships break down, it’s always almost after the baby has been born, but that isn’t always the case. I have a few single mommy friends whose relationships broke down while they were pregnant, leaving them to muddle on alone.
A few weeks ago, a friend of mine who happens to be going it alone gave birth. As any new mom would be, she was over the moon that her baby was born safely and was healthy. But what she missed out on was the celebrations that come after giving birth.
She didn’t have anyone to share her joy with because her ex-partner was absent from the birth and hasn’t been involved since. Having a baby is one of the most amazing things a woman can do, and I believe that every woman deserves to be celebrated for it.
That’s why I created this guide full of ideas for helping your single mommy friends to celebrate the birth of their child.
Surprise her with flowers and balloons
When married women, or women who are in relationships give birth, their partners tend to shower them with gifts. Flowers, balloons, chocolates – you name it, they’ll get it. It isn’t nice for a single mommy to see all the celebrations around her and have no flowers or balloons of her own. It’s hard being a single mom, and little things like this, just make it harder.
If you know that your single mom friend has just given birth, turn up at the hospital with a big bunch of flowers and congratulations balloons. It might seem silly, but trust me, the new mom will really appreciate the gesture.
Buy her a personalized gift to commemorate the birth
Having a baby is a big deal, and it should be celebrated. When you visit your friend at the hospital ask her what time her baby was born, the weight at birth, and what name she has decided on. You can then take this information and can use it to create her a personalized gift.
Personalized baby gifts are a fantastic way to celebrate the birth of a new baby, as they are not only cute but are also a great keepsake. From baby blankets and outfits to music boxes and dream catchers, there are all sorts of personalized gifts that you can choose from.
Welcome her home with a celebratory cake and lots of homemade food
The hardest thing for a new mom who is coming out of the hospital is taking her baby home on her own. You can make that a little easier for her, by delivering a celebratory cake and lots of homemade food to her house.
Don’t make the mistake of surprising her when she gets home, though, as chances are she will be exhausted. Instead leave her surprises on the kitchen counter, along with a card telling her that whatever she needs you are there for her. It might not be much, but trust me, she will really appreciate the gesture.
Having a baby is meant to be the most amazing time of your life. To ensure that your single friends enjoy their first few days of motherhood, there are lots of things that you can do to help them celebrate.