4 Ways New Parents Can Ask for Help (and not feel ashamed)

If you’re reading this blog then it’s safe to say congratulations are in order! After nine months of antipication, your newborn has arrived and you couldn’t be more filled with love. Mama Llama is here to tell you though…although you love that new baby of yours to the moon and back, taking care of a baby can be hard when you’re trying to juggle it all. That being said, it is totally okay to ask friends or family members for help! Here are 4 ways new parents can ask for help (and not feel ashamed):

Ask Someone to Do Your Shopping OR Order Online

Being a parent to a newborn is a full-time job. So much so that you may be hesitant to pack the baby up and head for your normal grocery store run. Chances are you may even be too exhausted to even think about it. There is no shame in asking a friend or family member to grab you a few things while they’re doing their weekly shopping run. If you don’t want to go that route, we now have the luxury of buying groceries and other necessities online that can get delivered to your door in a matter of hours. If there is ever a time to take advantage of online shopping and/or grocery store delivery, it’s when you’re a new parent!

Have a Meal Planning Get Together

Instead of happy hour, which you can’t partake in when you’re pregnant anyways, ask your friends to come over and whip up a few freezable dishes with you prior to having your baby! Meal planning doesn’t have to be boring. Think of it as your last hoorah before your life changes forever – make it a party! The perk is that at the end of if you’ve had much needed time with your friends and should have a few meals stocked up for after your precious baby is born.

Secure a Babysitter Early On

Do you want to have the option for date nights or spontaneous errand trips once your newborn comes? If yes, then it’s a good idea to vet and secure a trusted babysitter early on, even before your baby is born. There are babysitters who have made babysitting a career which means they’ve been around the block and know a thing or two about taking care of newborns. If you secure one early on, they’ll be more readily available and understand your expectations – giving you peace of mind whenever you and your significant other do want to step out for the night.

Seek Out Resources in Your Area

Many new parents don’t realize how much help is out there and oftentimes, it’s right around the corner. Between parenting classes, support groups, and playgroups in your community, you’re bound to find somewhere your new family meshes. A circle you can bounce around parenting ideas or struggles with. Just having someone, or even a group, to talk to will remind you that you aren’t alone and that you can do this!

Being a new parent isn’t easy. It’s both one of the hardest jobs and most rewarding jobs there is. Everyone experiences tough times as a parent so remember, you are not alone in this. There is no shame in asking for help and getting support as you need it. You are literally raising a new life! Hopefully these 4 ways new parents can ask for help (and not feel ashamed) from Mama Llama have helped you out and also given you peace of mind that support is out there and you don’t have to do this alone. If you’re looking for something else to ease some “new parent” burdens, we suggest checking out the Mama Llama Chase Pillow for all your feeding needs!

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