New Mums: 4 Great Ways To Relax04/04/2014
by Kira Walton
So your friend has just had a baby. Everyone is giving the baby loads of cute gifts. But what about Mum? What’s the best thing to get for her?
First-time Mums-to-be love to get advice from Mums who’ve been there before. Mums-to-be read books, articles and gather all the advice they can on how to manage and even enjoy pregnancy! Pregnancy massages and facials are a must! Yoga – tick! Moisturising regularly – tick! A healthy diet and plenty of exercise is essential, but what happens when the baby comes? All that good routine goes out the window!
It’s difficult to find a minute to yourself once a baby arrives. Sometimes our friends, sisters, Aunties and cousins need a little encouragement to actually sit down and relax. We all need to sometimes! Especially Mums running around 24/7, being woken during the night and on their feet all day. Time to relax, time to get some peace and quiet, and time to sooth away those aches and pains is absolutely essential.
So how can we encourage Mums to put their feet up and cherish those precious moments of relaxation? Here are 4 great tips to help every new mum relax.
1. Have her house cleaned
One of Mum’s biggest concerns is the house being a clean, tidy and a safe environment for baby. So, why not treat your friend in question to a clean house? There’s no better way to pamper Mum than to allow her to walk into a clean home and simply do nothing but admire the work she didn’t have to do. It’s the perfect gift: practical and priceless. Mum may feel bad about you having to clean so explain to her that you want to help and play your part. They shouldn’t feel bad about this. Relatives especially want to help but often don’t know how to. Or if Mum just can’t imagine you scrubbing her floors, hire someone to do it for her. Ask for referrals, and then allow Mum to sit back and do nothing.
2. Join a baby group
First-time Mums especially need a strong support network. Not only that, but they need other Mums with similar interests to talk to and share ideas, recipes and tips with. Mums can all learn from each other and help each other out. It’s also a chance to make some new friends, not only for you, but for baby too! Every week agree to bring a new wonder baby product and swap ideas. The Clevamama Clevafeed from Smyth’s Toys is sure to impress them and only costs €6.99.
3. Take a hot bath
Mums sometimes feel a little nervous the first time they hire a baby-sitter. To start off, why not offer to mind your godchild, niece or nephew at their home while Mum enjoys a hot bath…with candles! Lots of them! Turn on the hot tap, dim the lights, light some candles and tell Mum not to come out until her hands are thoroughly wrinkled! How about giving her the gift of relaxation that also helps improve her post-baby skin? VOYA provides a wonderful detoxifying and anti-ageing (Hallelujah!) seaweed bath-in-a-box, Lazy Days – the perfect gift for Mum. The great thing is, she can use it again the next night! The seaweed lasts 3 consecutive days and can be used as a garden fertiliser afterwards. But let’s leave the garden for another day!
4. Treat Mum to a beauty treatment
A beauty treatment is something that Mum is unlikely to buy for herself. Hair, nails and facials are likely to be way down on her to-do-list. The ‘Hydrotherm massage for nursing mother’s’ at Aghadoe Heights, Killarney is the perfect way for Mum to switch off and get some me time. Even Pippa O’Connor admits to enjoying some ‘Me Time’ when baby Ollie’s tucked up and asleep! But, if Mum isn’t keen to be away from baby too long, you could treat her to an Express VOYA facial which lasts just 45minutes, €55 at The Dawson Spa, Dublin 2.