Having a new baby means that all of the focus is on the newborn, but it’s easy to forget that mom needs some attention as well. Newborn babies are the definition of adorable, but the new mom is on the ride of her life. Show her that you understand what she is going through by getting her one of the best gifts for new moms.
Think about it. Not only is the new mom going through physically painful experience – because labor and delivery really do hurt -, but the newly postpartum period brings a lot of different emotions. Now, she has to learn how to take care of a baby while getting little sleep, bleeding heavily, and healing.
That’s a lot!
Of course, there is a lot that you can do during this time to support a new mom, such as bringing her a nice, warm dinner, or doing her laundry. Being awesome and bringing her the perfect gift is a way to support her during the transition to her new life.
Now, you might have read some other lists of best gifts for new moms, but are they written by moms? You want a list that is written by a mother who knows what is appreciated after having a baby. New items for the baby are fantastic, but they aren’t really for the new mom.
So, take it from me, a mother of four, these are some thoughtful, meaningful gifts that she will want to have during this phase of her life.
19 Best Gifts for New Moms
1. The Gift of Coffee
We joke about how much sleep we lose when we have babies, but that’s only to stop us from crying. Parents miss days and days worth of sleep.
So, give the new mom a hand and give her the gift of coffee. You can do this in a few ways. I highly suggest that you start with a spill-proof insulated coffee mug. When you’re stuck under a nursing baby, you can’t get up to reheat your coffee for the tenth time. An Insulated mug keeps your coffee hotter for longer.
I’m a fan of this stainless steel insulated travel mug by MIRA. Then, toss in a few boxes of k-cups or a gift card to Starbucks (or your local coffee shop).
If you really want to surprise her, pay a few months of Angel’s Cup, which is a coffee subscription program. She can try hundreds of different coffee pods – that’s heaven in a cup.
2. Gift Cards Out to Eat
After you have a baby, the very last thing you want to do is cook dinner. There are a few ways you can approach helping her out here.
First, you can deliver a hand-cooked meal to her home. Everyone loves a homecooked meal, and that gives you the bonus of being able to come over and serve her. Plus, you can help be sure her kitchen is tidied up before she heads to bed for the evening.
But, we all know that sometimes our schedules don’t work out that way, and delivering a meal might not work into your schedule. If that’s the case, send her some gift cards to go out to eat. Many restaurants offer the choice to email gift cards so that you can send your distant friends gift cards. Then, she can order in and have it delivered!
3. A Subscription for Groceries
Another option for being sure your new mom is eating well is to sign her up for a grocery subscription. She doesn’t have to look up healthy recipes or do the grocery shopping because it’s delivered to her house.
These services send you proven, simple recipes, and ingredients. All you have to do is cook it. It can be a great choice once she feels better in a week or two.
Hello Fresh is one of the most popular picks!
4. An Instant Pot
Let me tell you that every mom needs an Instant Pot. This simple device has saved me so much time and money. Yes, money! If your friend doesn’t have one, be sure to pick her up one and maybe send her some groceries to get started as well.
5. Lactation Cookies
Never heard of lactation cookies? Well, they’re all the rage for breastfeeding moms. They’re cookies made with ingredients that support a nursing mother’s milk production. They contain oatmeal, almond butter, and other healthy ingredients.
If the new mom is breastfeeding, cook her a batch of these cookies as a gift and drop them off. She can snack on them and see if they help her milk supply.
If you don’t have time to bake some cookies, you can order premade lactation cookies to be delivered to her house.
6. Organic Nipple Butter
Okay, yes, it has a bit of a strange name, but breastfeeding moms swear by this jar of goodness. It’s a nipple cream that soothes and heals dry and sore nipples. This stuff was a godsend for me, and I used at least two jars for each of my kids.
It works that well! So, get your new mom friend a jar of Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter if she’s a breastfeeding mom.
7. A Basket of Snacks
Breastfeeding moms need more calories than pregnant women, and that’s why they tend to be famished all of the time. Chances are your new mom is up trying to find snacks at 3 am after a late-night nursing session because she’s starving.
Help her out and make a basket full of snacks for her. Fill it with nuts, healthy snack bars, granola, crackers, and other yummy goodies. You can also toss in a reusable water bottle because nursing moms are thirsty all of the time too.
8. Have Her Groceries Delivered
If you live in an area that has groceries delivered to homes, then deliver some groceries to her house! Ask her if she needs anything – and tell her that you want a list. Pick the items on the app and order them online. They’ll be delivered to her home. It doesn’t get easier than that.
9. A Gift Certificate for a Massage
Moms deserve to have some pampering. She might not be ready to leave the baby just yet, but giving her a certificate to get a massage is undoubtedly appreciated. You can book her for a body massage, a mani/pedi, or both.
Then, make sure that you tell her you are available to watch the baby for this massage. You’ll come to her house (which is always easier than bringing baby somewhere else), so she can enjoy herself for a relaxing massage.
10. A Basket of Pampering
If you don’t think she will feel comfortable leaving her baby for a massage, bring the pampering to her. Get her a basket with new candles, body lotions, new slippers, a robe, bath bombs, shower gels, and a bottle of wine. The wine is a total necessity if she is of age and a wine drinker.
11. An Amazon Gift Card
Everyone loves gift cards. They’re one of those things that everyone can use, and who doesn’t love Amazon? She might be sticking close to home with her new baby, especially if it’s cold and flu season.
So, giving her an Amazon gift card means that she can pick what she wants, whether she wants some new nursing bras or a new book. Amazon has it all.
12. New Leggings
The postpartum season is rough on a woman’s body. You’re starting to feel better and more like yourself, but there is no guarantee your body will go back to its pre-pregnancy self.
That’s why new leggings are a must-have for postpartum life. They make you feel put together and comfortable while supporting your postnatal body and all of its glory. A pair of leggings and a cute tunic is the perfect postpartum outfit. Leggings Depot sells affordable, comfortable leggings in several colors and sizes.
13. New Pajamas
New moms spend a lot of time in their pajamas, despite the lack of sleep. So, why not get her some new pajamas? She can feel comfortable and pleasant in her new jammies while rocking the lack of sleep look.
You can try a set by Sleepyheads Women’s Knit Long Sleeve Tunic and Leggings. It’s an affordable set that comes with a long sleeve top and leggings. Another adorable choice is the Amiery Women’s Comfy Pajama Pants. They are wide-legged, drawstring lounge pans that come in several different prints and colors, as well as sizes.
14. Birthstone Necklace
If you want a really lovely present for the new mom, consider purchasing her a birthstone necklace with the birthstone of her new baby. If she has other children, you can add those as well.
These types of gifts are perfect for sentimental moms and those who love jewelry. If she isn’t either one of those, then skip this present idea. However, most moms love anything related to the birth of their child!
15. Robot Vacum
Aside from paying for a cleaning service to come to her home and clean everything, the next best idea is to buy her a robot vacuum. A postpartum mom doesn’t want to run the vacuum, nor does she have the energy to do so.
Right now, the most popular and best-selling robot vacuum is the Eufy BoostIQ RoboVac. It has all of the features that moms could want, and it works for hardwood floors to medium-pile carpet. Plus, it’s engineered to be the slimmest and quietest on the market with increased suction power at 1300Pa.
You’ll be her favorite person with this gift!
16. Ora’s Amazing Herbal New Mama Gift Set
If you’re looking for a gift set meant of new moms, give the Ora’s Herbal New Mama Gift Set a try. The box is 100% recyclable. It contains:
- Ultra Healing Body Butter
- All-Purpose Salve
- Newborn Salve
- Lip Balms
- Organic Postpartum Herbal Tea
17. A Kimono Robe
We live for comfort for those first few weeks, and nothing screams comfort quite like a robe. You can nurse easily with a robe; open the top! It works if you have guests around or are all by yourself. You can even walk outside to get the mail in a robe.
Take a look at this beautiful long kimono robe by Old Shanghai Kim+ONO. The fabric is gorgeous. You also can find a similar robe in a shorter design. The patterns make them stand out!
Another choice is the Maxmoda Women Kimono Cotton Lightweight Long Robe. These robes are 95% cotton and 5% spandex, and they come in mostly solid colors. They work well for vacations, spa days, labor, and delivery, or postpartum days.
18. Audible Gift Card
New moms spend a lot of time sitting in recliners, holding their babies or breastfeeding. She can spend some of that time listening to audiobooks. So, give her the gift of an Audible gift card. It’s a useful present that can help her relax and zone out while taking care of her new baby. If she happens to have some time by herself and the baby is sleeping, an audiobook is excellent during a hot bath.
19. Postpartum Sitz Bath Bag
Sitz baths are helpful for postpartum care and hemorrhoid treatment. Pure Body Naturals sells a sitz bath soak with Epsom salt, Dead Sea salt, and essential oils. They used grapefruit and lavender essential oils, both help with your spirits and inflammation.
It doesn’t end there. Pure Body Naturals added aloe vera for hydrating and repairing skin, yarrow for the female reproductive system, rosemary leaf to reduce swelling, and nettle leaf to reduce bleeding.
Finding the best gifts for new moms means you have to think about what she’s experiencing right now. Buying cute outfits for the baby is fun, but don’t forget that the new mom deserves something as well. That might be a gift card for an audiobook, a comfy new set of pajamas, or a homecooked meal. Make sure that you don’t forget her!