Having a new baby is a life change, especially if it is your first time as a parent. There is always a period of adjustment (it sometimes lasts 18 years I’m told, or until they move out). What any new mum needs during this time, whether they are mum of one or mum of 10, are gifts and support that make their lives easier. Find ideas for the best gifts for new mothers to help them start their motherhood journey a little big easier.
THE BEST GIFTS FOR NEW PARENTS
Sure flowers and teddy bears are a lovely thought, however they don’t really help new parents settle into a routine or get through those first sleep deprived weeks any easier. Especially when you’d love to just spend the whole day staring with love at first sight at your new baby!
So here are some of the best gifts for new mothers that they will really appreciate.
New Mum Gifts To Make Life Easier
Essential Baby Items
A first time mother is on a steep learning curve and there are many potential baby essentials that may have been overlooked in that overwhelming preparation stage. There are also certain items that you go through at record pace once your baby arrives – nappies and wipes especially! Those costs add up quickly!
If there is an essential item you had during your own new parenting experiences, particularly if they aren’t the typical things that come up on the must have baby essentials lists, these items are definitely wonderful gifts for new moms.
Of all the things, nipple cream was one of the things I appreciated most even if at the time I thought I’d never need it. The sweet relief was a gift like no other! And when our daughters experienced their first runny noses, I am so grateful for the electric snot sucking gadget we were given to cope with gag-inducing mucus!
While we did not have one, as we live in a warm place, many friends have raved about having a baby wipe warmer to keep babies comfortable during nappy changes.
Not only are you giving the new parents something that will be useful in their exciting journey. You also get a chance to give them something carefully considered that they will really appreciate.
Here are some ideas for products that will make things easier:
Sure the new parents haven’t forgotten how to cook dinner now that they have a new baby, but cooking something half decent is the last thing on their mind right now! Between feeding, rocking, micro naps and figuring out what on earth they are doing, you’d be amazed how appreciated the gift of a home cooked meal is right now.
If you’ve got the time, put together an easy meal they can reheat in the oven or microwave for dinner. Cassaroles, bakes and pasta can be great options as they all reheat well if you make ahead a day or two. And even baked treats won’t be unwelcome!
Or drop in (with warning… we don’t want to wake the sleeping baby) with some grocery essentials a couple of days after they get home, just to save them a trip to the store for bread and milk.
A meal subscription box can be one of the best gifts for new parents once they’ve had a bit of time to adjust. It helps by giving them more time to rest, bond and adapt to their new household situation. These can be a combination of fresh or frozen meals that require little to no preparation. They tend to be delivered in weekly, fortnightly or monthly bundles. Check out Marley Spoon as a great option for meal boxes.
Gifting a form of home service can give the new parents a break in that first month or two. They are extremely thoughtful gifts and likely very appreciated.
Home services may include things such as a cleaner coming to the house once a week or if they choose to go with cloth nappies, there are services in some areas that will pick up and launder the dirty nappies, bringing fresh ones with them each time. Imagine not having to deal with so much dirty washing. Bliss!
Organising for their lawns to be mowed and gardens maintained will help new dad’s to reduce their workload as well, giving them more time to spend bonding with their new baby and supporting their partner through post-birth recovery.
If you really want to spoil a new mum (hey dad… this one might be good for you too), then a robot vacuum cleaner may become her new bestie! Mine did. I got one for myself just after my first daughter was born just to reduce a bit of time with the cleaning. And it sure helped!
Sometimes it’s the little things, like not having to drag out the big heavy vacuum cleaner very often. While a robot vacuum cleaner doesn’t usually replace a proper vacuum completely, it makes a huge difference to home cleaning time.
Anything on autopilot is a sure winner when you’re on newborn hours!
If the new mother has other children already, offering to babysit them for a few hours can be a great opportunity for her to have some one on one time with her bub. She may potentially squeeze in a nap too. As they say, sleep when the baby sleeps.
Easier said than done when there are other kids in the house. Or even if they are first time parents, offering to come over and sit with the baby while mum has a rest or gets some much-needed errands done can be appreciated… however this isn’t the case for all mothers so don’t take it personally if they decline. They will still appreciate the gesture.
Related Reading – Essential Items Every New Parent Needs
New Mum Gifts to Help Her Feel Good
A whole lot of changes happen to your body after birth and it can really be a struggle to feel good. Even when physically your body has recovered. It takes a long time for our bodies to change back after pregnancy and certain parts won’t even be the same. It’s just the reality of this experience of motherhood. Sometimes this is a difficult adjustment.
Not only that, many women will be so focused on nourishing their precious new baby, they forget the importance of self care for themselves! A little reminder to take care of herself may be exactly what this new mama needs to feel good in her skin again.
Massage or Pamper Session
Once the initial adjustment period settles, having an opportunity for some mum pamper time can mean the world of difference after sleepless nights and feeling at times incompetent.
A voucher for pamper time may be just the thing to revive and refresh a new mother again. While it may take a few weeks or more before a new mother is able to be away from her baby for an hour or physically up for a spa session, this will be a really nice way to feel good about themselves again and enjoy a chance to relax completely.
Related Reading – Tips For Getting Through Pregnancy
Take The Spa To Her
If the new mamma is taking a bit longer to recover or having a difficult start to her new journey, getting to a day spa may be out of the question. So why not take it to her instead!
Pop over with a basket of pampering goodies to treat herself with. You could even volunteer to hold the baby while she goes and puts on her face mask! A joint pamper session and catch up may be exactly what she needs to feel fresh again.
Here are some great products to include in your pamper basket:
New Mum Gifts To Fill Time Between Feeds
While new mum’s don’t have a lot of free time on their hands in those first several months, the theory of sleep when the baby sleeps isn’t often realistic. Instead with her changed routine, she may be looking for quiet activities to do while she nurses or baby, or while the baby naps.
This may especially be the case if she previously worked full time, as she may struggle with not feeling like her time is as productive as she hoped.
These days there’s some fantastic tech options that make it easier to enjoy a book on the go, even while nursing a baby to sleep. Audiobooks can be enjoyed with her earphones in so it does not disturb the baby.
Or read a favourite new book on her device with a Kindle subscription. She can do this from her phone, tablet or laptop from anywhere in the house.
Books For New Mums
If the new mum is a bit of a traditional book lover and you know a digital version just won’t cut it, why not get her a popular new release you think she will love. Or get her a book that will help her on her new journey. This may be a newborn guide or something to help her adjust to her changed lifestyle.
The book I was most grateful for and referred to often was What to Expect The First Year, which was a follow up to the popular What To Expect When You’re Expecting. Both of these books were a huge source of comfort through that period in life, always seeming to have the answers to the most common experiences and concerns.
Or for some motivational ‘You’re a kick-ass mum, no matter what” sort of vibe, a bit of Rachel Hollis would have given me a nice boost as a new mother.
While not everyone loves a magazine, it can be a lot easier for a new mother to find 5 or 10 minutes here and there to flick through a magazine than it is to read a book. So if there is a magazine she loves or one you think she would enjoy, a subscription can be one of the best gifts for new mothers. It gives her an excuse for a little me time here and there, which we all need.
Adult Colouring Books
Colouring in is a great mindfulness activity for everyone, no matter the age. It is also an easy activity to do between feeds, or during!
There are some absolutely stunning adult colouring books available now and paired with some good quality pencils, it makes a really thoughtful new mum gift idea – These pencils are beautiful quality and lovely to colour with.
Here are some great colouring book options:
Sentimental Gifts For New Mothers
Sentimental gifts are the kind that help the new mother celebrate this special time in her life, either through recording memories or cherishing those early days. The newborn stage goes so fast. Anything that helps her to honour that time will be appreciated.
The milestone cards were not such a tradition when I had my first born, but these days it’s quite the fun trend. They are an inexpensive and fun photo prop for taking photos at home.
I think these wooden ones are super cute.
Most new parents are eager to capture the early days with their new family member, but sometimes time or money prevent it and it isn’t always achievable. Gifting them with a family portrait session, including prints would be a gift that every new parent would adore.
Or if you are a bit of a camera pro yourself, maybe this is something you could do for them as a special gift using your talents.
A piece of jewellery with the new baby’s birthstone is a really sweet gift idea and a way to make the new mother feel special. It could be a necklace, a ring or a pair of earrings. Anything really.
This is a wonderful keepsake item that she can wear for special occasions.
Ideas From Our Community
“Pre cooked meals and coffee.” – Lisa
“I’d have to agree with the meals! I would have also liked a cleaning lady and someone to come and give me a neck and shoulder massage.” – Linda
So often the new mother is forgotten when it comes to gifts following the birth of a baby, with most people so caught up in the fun of buying all those cute little baby clothes and accessories to shower them with.
Motherhood… and fatherhood, for that matter, are massive transitions from the life you had before. Making sure to remember the mother will have her feeling extra special and supported during this amazing time of her life.
If you do need newborn baby gift ideas, there are plenty of unique ideas that both mum and baby will love!
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