There’s nothing quite like the intense emotional roller-coaster of becoming a mom. It’s a mess of hormones and overwhelm and feeling terrified and exhausted and being totally enamoured with your new baby. It’s probably all of the best feelings and all of the worst feelings all wrapped into one. If you have a dear friend or family member who has just welcomed their first baby, there are so many ways in which you can help out. Don’t be scared to help! And if you don’t want to show up empty-handed, here is a list of 18 super thoughtful gift ideas for new moms who are in need of a little love and support!
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After the baby shower and the in laws and the sweet church ladies have provided the new baby with everything he could possibly need, it’s nice to surprise mom with a gift of her own to let her know she’s not forgotten.
Motherhood can be very lonely and a little show of love from a friend can really go a long way.
Gift Ideas for New Moms
Many modern nursing tops are cleverly designed to not be so obvious, so even if mama decides to go the formula route, she could still make use of this top. This colour blocked top has discreet zippers hidden in the seams and is long so can be worn with leggings. This shop has some really cute dresses and sweatshirts too!
Moms notoriously don’t have much time to spend on themselves. An easy to wear necklace or bracelet can quickly jazz up an outfit and lift her mood! Teething jewellery has become quite stylish lately and serves a double purpose. But my personal favourite jewellery comes from Penny + Grace because it is super light and delicate and adds a touch of whimsy to your day.
3. Fun Socks
Again with the midnight feedings, a fun pair of socks or cozy woolen ones would likely be appreciated! Woven Pear has the funnest socks I’ve ever seen and I want them all! I need to find a way to cleverly leave their site open on my husband’s computer…
4. Framed Photo
Locate a photo (or take one yourself) of mom with her new baby. It doesn’t have to be perfect, well-lit or particularly flattering. What matters is capturing that unexplainable connection between them. Have the photo framed, or mounted as shown below, so that she has a beautiful reminder of the magic that is holding her newborn. This customizable wood block photo display would be perfect for a new mom!
5. Unique Teas
Lots of tea, because she’ll have to make several cups before she actually gets to drink one while it’s still hot. Go to a fancy tea store to get something different, not just what you can find at the grocery store. Or try clicking here for some ideas.
Actually slippers would be a great gift for before the baby is born. That way mom has something cozy to pad around the hospital in! I’m seriously loving these velvety crochet slippers with furry pom pom!!
7. A Massage
Book mom a massage and go with her so you can snuggle with the baby in the waiting room. That way mom won’t be stressed out about being too far away and baby can get fed immediately before or after the appointment.
I so wish I had had a beautiful nursing scarf when I was nursing my babies! I awkwardly used a nursing cover but my second son hated it. (And, I never left the house with my first, that’s a whole other story!) A nursing scarf draws no attention and also dresses up an outfit, win win!
9. Hobby Materials
Don’t let mom forget the things she loves to do. Encourage her pursuit of hobbies. If she’s a knitter, get her some pretty yarn. If she loves to bake, how about a new recipe book. It’s all too easy for moms to lose their sense of identity, so reminding her that she has interests outside of motherhood would be doing her a big favour.
10. Food Box
Showing up with a home-cooked casserole is never a bad idea. But that doesn’t work if you don’t live in the same town. Instead you can order online and send a box of pre-measured meal ingredients for healthy dinners that can be prepared at mom’s convenience. I recommend Hello Fresh to basically everyone who will stand still long enough to listen, it has made my life so much easier! Use this link to score $40 off your first box!
It’s nice for moms to have a nice fluffy towel of their own that has not yet been used to mop up baby puke. Bonus points for a fun print! I spotted this beautiful towel with a matching bath mat on Amazon and I’m in love! The tassels!
One of my favourite gifts was a little lap blanket that my Grandma knit for me when my son was born. It’s just big enough to keep me cozy without being cumbersome. Perfect for draping over a mama’s shoulders during a midnight feeding!
If you’re crafty you could crochet or quilt a small blanket. If not, this pretty blanket is a good choice!
13. Subscription Box
How about a gift that keeps on giving during the hardest months of motherhood? Who doesn’t love a surprise snail mail gift?! Woven Pear , Hello Fresh and Penny + Grace are all subscription services. But there are literally a bajillion other subscriptions out there! Just do a quick google search and you’ll likely find loads of options. I also love the look of Confetti Collection and Home Made Luxe
I used to believe that all diaper bags were supposed to be hideous, utilitarian type luggage. Now there are so many better options. But they can feel like a luxury for a mom on a budget to buy for herself, so it would be a lovely surprise from a friend! This one is gorgeous!
15. Trip to the Hair Salon
Get a gift card and book her a hair appointment. Go with her and sit with baby in the waiting room. A fresh hair cut goes a long way to making a tired mama feel human again! It’s certainly one of those things that new moms don’t feel they have time for or can justify leaving their baby for. So it’s really important that you tag along so baby can come too and mom will avoid any of that troublesome ‘mommy guilt’.
16. Flowers & Chocolate
You can’t go wrong with flowers and chocolate. But mainly chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate.
17. Boxes of Healthy Snacks
It’s so hard for a new mom to find time to shower or eat, let alone eat something nutritious! Provide a selection of healthy snacks, pre-portioned out that can be eaten one-handed in a hurry! (This is to balance out the consumption of all that chocolate. lol!)
18. Funny Mug
Because sometimes the truth is funnier if it’s written on a mug.
What else would you add to the list?