The mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship isn’t always the easiest. Even women lucky enough to have a generally great relationship with their MIL have probably butted heads a time or two. But regardless of whether your relationship with your MIL has been good from the get-go or could use a little work, the heightened emotions of having a baby can strain things. Throw some holiday stress in there on top of everything else, and there's definitely some potential for disaster. If you’re expecting, you might want to leave this list of things the best mothers-in-law do for postpartum daughters-in-law somewhere your MIL can see it. (And if you already had the baby, make sure that "somewhere" is fairly obvious, so she can pull her act together fast.)
The postpartum period is draining on every level — physically, mentally, and emotionally (and to be honest, you could probably say the same thing about the holidays). I cried like clockwork every night for two weeks after having my first child, and on top of that I was sore and achy in every place it’s possible to be sore and achy. My daughter was born just after Christmas, so I can't imagine what it would have been like to go through all that while also getting dressed up for family dinners and finishing last minute gift shopping. When you’re feeling that low, you need all the help you can get just to get through the day, let alone the holidays.
Here are 10 things only the very best mother-in-law will do to make her daughter-in-law’s life a little less hectic after bringing home baby during the holiday season.