Laundry Train

Laundry Train

I know many women’s groups offer support of a new family by providing meals for the first week or two after a baby is born.  I was challenged today to think of another way to serve families.

Laundry seems to grow fast in the first few weeks with a new baby, so one of the ways to serve a family is to help keep the laundry monster within a manageable size.  I think the specifics really vary depending on how well the families know each other, but it was suggested that there are several ways to help.

  • If the family puts in a load of laundry in the morning, the meal provider can switch the laundry to the drier or clothes line when the meal is dropped off.
  • If the family doesn’t have in-house laundry, the meal provider can stop by in the morning to pick up a load or two which will be dropped off with the meal later in the day.
  • If a close friend wants to prepare a meal at the families home, it might be easy to wash a load or two while preparing the meal.

Interesting idea, and potentially a great help to many families. I can see that some families might feel uncomfortable having someone else handle their laundry, so this won’t work for everyone. But when it can work, what a lovely gesture of support for a new family.


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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas and childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student in a nursing program learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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