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Five Secrets for Making a New Mom Happy on Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is tough enough on men, but it's even tougher on new dads. They want to make their wives happy, but flowers, candy and other traditional Valentine's Day fare hold little interest for new moms. Here's what it really takes to warm her heart...

(PRWEB) February 1, 2005 -- When you care enough to send the very best, but she's more preoccupied with diapers than diamonds, one thing's certain: You're living with a new mom.

"Valentine's Day is tough enough on men, but it's especially tough on new dads," says Stephanie Gallagher, a.k.a. "The Shopping Mom." "They want to make their wives happy, but flowers, candy and other traditional Valentine's Day fare hold little interest for new moms."

Instead, Gallagher, author of "The Gallagher Guide to the Baby Years: The Real Moms' Survey of Top-Rated Products and Advice" ( www.gallagherguide.com ) recommends new dads give their wives what they really want: something that will make their lives easier and make them feel cherished. Here are her top 5 picks:

1. A good night's sleep.

“To a new mom, eight uninterrupted hours of sleep are worth more than anything that could come in a box from Tiffany,” says Gallagher. “Give her coupons for ten good nights of sleep (they don't have to be used consecutively), and she'll be forever grateful.”

If she's nursing, make sure she pumps breast milk in advance, so you can handle the nighttime feedings. And do whatever you can to ensure she has quiet surroundings – even suggest she move to another room if she finds it hard to sleep through nighttime crying.

2. New mom jewelry.

New moms love jewelry that features baby charms, baby shoes, moms holding babies, etc. “I recommend Lucy Ann products ( www.lucyann.com ) because they're adorable, they can be personalized, and they're reasonably priced,” Gallagher says.

3. Maid service for a month.

For the neat freak who is just too exhausted to do it all herself, this is the perfect gift. “It may not seem romantic, but she'll love the fact that you're thinking of her needs,” says
Gallagher.

4. A personal chef or a post-baby casserole shower.

“The last thing a new mom has time for is cooking, but you still have to eat something for dinner every night,” says Gallagher.

If you can afford it, hire a personal chef to cook and store two weeks' worth of meals in your freezer. Go to www.personalchef.com for referrals. If finances won't permit that luxury,ask friends or relatives to throw her a post-baby casserole shower. Each friend or relatives makes a casserole that can be frozen and re-heat as needed.

5. A memory.

“Memory-savers like scrapbooks, baby pictures and photo gifts are always a hit with new moms,” says Gallagher. If she's a digital photography fan, Shutterfly www.shutterfly.com ) offers prepaid print plans and portrait packages from $24. Or have a photo quilt made at Personal Creations ( www.personalcreations.com ) or a hand-drawn pencil sketch or watercolor done from one of your baby photos at My DaVinci ( www.mydavinci.com ).

Moms can get a free sample chapter of "The Gallagher Guide to the Baby Years" by visiting www.gallagherguide.com.

 

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