Helping A Mom With A New Baby

If your friend has just had a new baby then you have a wonderful opportunity to show what a great friend you can be. Here are some ideas as to how you can help her get through the next few months.

Do Some Cooking. It's time to prepare some lasagna, shepherd's pie or other foods in big batches and stow this food in her refrigerator for her. You could also do this as a group event by inviting some friends along.

Gather Take Out Menus. Get together a batch of take out menus from local healthy restaurants so she has them at her fingertips when she
wants to order out.

Serve Her Breakfast in Bed. Show up with a picnic basket full of bread, coffee, fruit salad and cheese to help nourish her during those sometimes-difficult first nursing attempts. Make sure that you phone first and arrange a convenient time. If mom is sleeping just leave it outside her door. She will be sure to find it.

Send Her Internet Links About Motherhood. Find great sites for mothers online and then add them to the bookmark section of her browser.

Do a Little Cleaning. Clean her bathroom and kitchen for her. When you have just had a new baby it is difficult to keep up with chores.

Give Her a Trip to the Spa. Give her a gift certificate for an afternoon at her favorite spa and offer to look after the kid.

Do Her Laundry. Every time you visit toss in a new load of laundry and fold whatever is there. You don't have to put it away. Just make sure it is neat and ready for her to use.

Take Any Older Children Out. If the new baby has any siblings it is always nice to just take those kids out of the house. Take them to a movie or to the park so mom and the new baby can have so time to focus on each other. You can also come over later at night and help get those kids to bed by bathing them or reading them a story.

Rent Her Some Movies. Rent her some light-hearted movies she can watch while nursing. Some new moms find watching television very relaxing. Movies like Raising Arizona or Sex in the City are good choices.

Some Great Green Things

You have heard of green bath mats that are made out natural fibers like hemp and bulrushes but how about a mat that is also an aromatherapy dispersment device. This is now possible thanks to the fact that a bathmat is now being made out of a combination of vetiver and cotton fibers that have been twisted together.


Vetiver is a very old plant that is native to India. All parts of the plant are used to make quality fragrances and in fact vetiver is used in many different types of designer perfumes. To release the scent of this mat all you really have to do is simply have a shower. Heat and moisture release the scent that lies dormant in the fibers.


These objects also smell great in humid climates and could be used to perfume a house that tends to smell dank on hot days. Vetiver is also used to keep away moths!


Green manufacturers are getting better and better at making gorgeous paints from vegetable and mineral bases. A good example is the paints that are being made by Green Planet Paints.


The base of these paints are petroleum free and they have a soft sensual finish because technically this is a clay paint. It is applied like conventional paint with brushes or rollers.


These are the same paints that were used by Mayan Indians over one thousand years. There are many warm reds, deep greens, lush violets and caramel colored tones in the Green Planet Paints.


The Mexican palette of colors is great. You will absolutely love the adobe browns, greenish grays and tomato reds that this paint company makes.Green Planet Paints are also made by hand which means that there is no big plant behind the company's operating polluting the air or water and if your kid eats the paint the kid is not going to get sick!


If you want to give your child a fantastic green gift then consider buying them an organic pearl mushroom growing kit. You can get these for about twenty five dollars at Green Living Now. Chefs will enjoy this nifty way to participate in an organic gardening project and so will kids or anyone interested in maintaining nifty little gardens.


This is a bag that is moist that is filled with pasteurized straw that is impregnated with the mushroom organism known as mycelium. All you have to do is place the bag in a place with low light and cut a few slices into the plastic bag. Sometimes when you order the bag you can already see the oyster mushrooms trying to poke through the plastic.


After the indoor kit stops producing mushrooms you can use what's left in the bag to spawn new fresh mushroom growth in your garden.