Showering A New Catholic Mom with Love

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"Showering a new Catholic mom with love" by Megan Swaim (CatholicMom.com)

By Personal Creations via Flickr (2014), CC BY 2.0

 

As my younger sister has been preparing for the birth of her first baby, I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for creative gift ideas for her baby shower and to spoil her once my new little niece or nephew arrives. Of course, moms need all the practical things they get at baby showers because you won’t last long without diapers and plenty of bibs, but new moms also need a lot of love and encouragement as they welcome a new baby and navigate all the joys and sorrows of motherhood.

If you have a baby shower coming up or have a friend who is expecting, here are a couple of gift ideas to show mom that she’s loved. (And I’m looking for more ideas, so if you’ve got one to share, chime in down below in the comments!)

Mary, Giver of Life Statue

This is one of my favorites because it is such a sweet little reminder of Mary’s Motherhood. She knows what it is like to be pregnant and to care for a new baby and that reminder is comforting in our most uncomfortable moments and when we feel most alone.

Portrait of St. Zelie via Portraits of Saints on Etsy. All rights reserved.

Print of a “Mom” Saint

Just like the little statue of Mary, having a visual reminder of other women who’ve shared your vocation is so encouraging, both in the moments when you are exhausted and need a little push and also in the great moments when you have a little glimpse of heaven. These are women who have done what we long to do – to let their vocation lead them to heaven. (Some awesome heavenly mom friends: Mary, Ann, Zelie, Monica, Gianna, Felicity and Perpetual, Margaret, Elizabeth, Helen and Matilda.)

CatholicMom.Com Books

I would be remiss if I failed to mention the awesome collection of books for Catholic Moms from Ave Maria Press. You’re sure to recognize many of the authors and titles from this very site. I own several of these books and am frequently loaning them out to friends. For a mom who’s just found out she’s expecting, Sarah’s “A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy” is perfect. For the first-timer, Lisa’s “The Handbook for Catholic Moms” is a must. Our copy of Patrice’s “The Catholic Baby Name Book” has gotten a lot of use and friends frequently remark on how fun it is to go through it together.

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Audible Subscription

This one will sure to be on my “wish list” the next time we are expecting. I love to read and find that it’s such a source of encouragement for me. But what new mom has two hands to hold a book, or even one hand to hold an e-reader? I found that listening to audio books was such a life-saver in those early days of long nursing sessions, or getting used to staying home and being alone, or helping those stretches of night feedings to go more quickly.

What are some of your favorite gifts to show a new mom she’s loved? Do you have any go-to add-on gifts for baby showers or visiting a new mom? Please share in the comments below!


Copyright 2017 Megan Swaim

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Megan Swaim lives in South Bend, IN, with her husband, Josh, and daughters, Lucy and Mary. Together they are navigating the beautiful (and crazy) adventure of marriage, parenting, and ministering to the young Church. Megan is a high school youth minister and was one of the administrators of the My Year of Faith blog and app for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. You can read more from Megan at www.myyearoffaith.com.

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  1. This is wonderful, Megan! I’m hoping and praying (prayers would be so appreciated) that my son and his wife soon become expectant parents. I love the ideas and will be sure to get the Catholic M!!m’s Handbook. Thank you so much and God bless you!!

  2. Hey, great gift ideas! So Mary Garden Showers (marygardenshowers.org) is a new Catholic apostolate that connects with churches to host baby showers all over for women in crisis pregnancies. We shower people with many different faith backgrounds, but still give some Catholic gifts each time. It’s a beautiful way to introduce the Catholic faith! At each shower, the mother receives a Divine Mercy canvas image (DivineMercyart.org), a picture of Mary and Jesus (one was painted for us and available for purchase on our website store), and we give them the beautiful reflection on motherhood by Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty. We have also given rosaries, lilies as a symbol of Mary (her virginity – white petals, the Christ within her – golden anther), and the Jesus Storybook Bible. Blessings to you & your sister! – Kaitlyn

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