Looking for gift ideas for a new mother that are for her instead of the baby? Awesome! She deserves some love and recognition for her accomplishment and journey. Read on and discover the best gifts for new moms in 2019.
GIFT FOR NEW MOMS IN THE HOSPITAL
Recovery baskets are fantastic gifts for providing postpartum comfort. New mothers experience a multitude of body changes during pregnancy and delivery. Gathering the products that accommodate relief is a splendid contribution to her recovery. Was the birth natural or a cesarean? Knowing her experience is relevant to caring for her postpartum needs.
NATURAL BIRTH RECOVERY BASKET
Gifts for new moms who are recovering from a natural birth should include items that alleviate her discomfort and pains.
My recommendations for essentials in this basket include:
Birchwood pads are larger than most brands and provide needed comfort. These are similar to the ones they use in the hospital.
Immediate relief is found in this can they send her home from the hospital with. Having another for her purse or additional bathrooms in her home will be appreciated.
This peri bottle is simple, portable, and designed to make her healing process easier (and cleaner).
Medline Perineal Cold Packs are as close as you can get to providing the cooling numbness she receives from the hospital’s ice-packed maxi pads directly after giving birth.
Earth Mamas sitz bath is infused with organic herbs to soothe postpartum perineal areas. Formulated by a nurse, it’s a great assistance to her recovery.
CESAREAN BIRTH RECOVERY BASKET
Gifts for new moms who are recovering from a c-section birth (cesarean) should also include gifts that alleviate her discomfort and pains.
My recommendations for essentials in this basket include:
Birth Song cesarean recovery spray is an all-natural antiseptic spray for keeping her c-section incision wound clean. It also minimizes scar appearance.
Medline tummy pads are ideal for keeping her wound dry from postpartum sweat and other bodily fluids.
These are similar to the underwear the give her in the hospital. And trust me, she will wish she had more when she gets home. Make that wish come true by adding it to her basket.
Tummie Buddy is a seatbelt cocoon to cushion her c-section on the ride home from the hospital. Warning, you’re still responsible for slowing down (or avoiding) over speed bumps! It doesn’t guard against that upset.
Cesarean mommies won’t want anything constricting around their bellies. These super stretchy full-coverage undies are lightweight and comfy.
PERSONALIZING POSTPARTUM RECOVERY BASKETS
After gathering essentials, make it more personal with her favorite chocolates, snacks, and other pleasures.
Additional ideas to make either basket more personal include:
One of the first things I wanted (besides a shower) was my own clothes! Hospital robes are uncomfortable and unflattering attire. These are great because they have an elastic waistband and adjustable drawstring. You can fold them down to avoid them being around your tummy at all. Making them ideal gifts for both new moms.
New mommies are almost immediately on their feet. Toss in a pair of memory foam slip-on slippers to soothe her aching feet.
Technically, there’s a little something for the baby in this gift. But I’m making an exception because it’s a beautiful, loose-fitting kimono style robe! And the matching swaddle and hat are precious. This is a stunning gift to make mama feel special.
Over ninety percent of new moms have thoughts that creep into her head sparking fear and concern. Ease her mind with this year’s go-to resource for assuring new moms.
FOOD SERVICE GIFTS FOR NEW MOMS
Immediately after coming home from the hospital new moms are hit with reality. All the help she’s been receiving from the nurses with her baby is gone. She’s about to reach new levels of exhaustion and alleviating the burden of what’s for dinner, will provide her saving grace.
Prepare your family’s favorite dishes and make a special delivery. Bonus sneak peeks of the baby come along with this service. Bring traditional lasagnas, casseroles, and other comfort meals in dishes that can be stored in the freezer. Take any burden away from your gift by emphasizing those dishes are hers to keep.
Collaborate with friends and family and start a meal train service. It allows you to select the dates that need and times of for drop-offs. And input the new mom’s food allergies and dislikes. Invite friends and family via social media, newsletters, or emails. The excitement a new baby brings creates an abundance of immediate support. But that wears off after about three weeks and she will still be exhausted and appreciate further assistance with meals. Go the extra mile and organize a second meal train to deliver future dinners or choose another method to guarantee that she isn’t left feeling abandoned or desperate for help in her state of blissful exhaustion.
Several meal-kit services deliver restaurant-style quality meals directly to her doorstep. Sign up for a couple of weeks (or months) of delicious dinners that are all easily and quickly preparable.
SNACK SUBSCRIPTION BOX
Having your hands full with a newborn can make finding the time to sit down and eat a meal a challenge. Give the gift of a snack box subscription so mommy can snack during or between feedings.
GIFT DINNER CARDS
If the idea of meal delivery is overwhelming but you understand the importance of this very special gift, choose dinner cards. Purchase gift cards to Grub Hub or Uber Eats and let her family pick out the foods they’re hungry for.
BE HER LUNCH DATE
Is your new mom friend home all day with only her baby? It’s likely she could use a little adult conversation to stimulate her mind and bring her out of her baby fog (temporarily of course). Whip something up and be her lunch date. She’ll appreciate the company and full belly.
DO HER GROCERY SHOPPING
Do you know her well enough to grab some household staples? If so, pick up groceries and bring them by. Not so much? That’s cool. Ask her to send you a list and do her grocery shopping for her.
GIFT GROCERY DELIVERY SERVICE
BREASTFEEDING GIFTS FOR NEW MOMS
Breastfeeding is a wonderful bonding experience and joyful time. But it’s also a huge commitment and a lot of hard work. Take away her anxiety about flow and production by providing her with these encouraging gifts for new moms who are breastfeeding.
Give her the gift of relaxation with the Pink Stork Nursing Bundle. A variety of lactation teas that help with flow and production while inducing calmness. Herbal Mint is my refreshing favorite.
Lactation cookies are a delicious way to applaud a new breastfeeding mom. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip is my favorite. But I was unaware of the Oatmeal Chocolate Rainbow Candy before! Be safe and grab her a bag of both?
Would you rather add a personal touch and bake her a batch of lactation goodies? Here is my favorite recipe:
1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened or melted
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 large eggs
4 tablespoons brewers yeast (I’ve gone up to 6 tablespoons)
2 tablespoons flax seed meal (I’ve gone up to 4 tablespoons)
2 cups all-purpose flour (see notes for gluten-free version)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup mini chocolate chips
Visit Trial and Eater, where Kelly provides step-by-step instructions on how to whip up these delicacies. And deliver a fresh batch as the perfect heartfelt gift for a new mom. Leave her with the recipe, remaining brewers yeast, and flaxseed so she can bake additional batches for future production.
My friend sent me lactation brownies from Milky Mama and I noticed an immediate increase in my milk supply. It was fun receiving a surprise in the mail. And they are a tasty treat for in between your million mom duties. Want to add TLC and make homemade lactation treats? Piece of cake. Or should I say, piece of brownie? Grab a box of brownie mix from the store and the ingredients required on its box (eggs/oil). Add 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed and a ¼ cup of Brewers Yeast and voila!
REUSABLE BREAST PADS
Breastfeeding mothers will appreciate washable-reusable nursing pads. They come in different sizes and make the uncomfortable reality of leaking milk obsolete. I loved these because they are more comfortable and don’t itch like disposable alternatives.
Nursing covers are so much more more than a way to provide privacy for baby to bond with mommy. Most nursing covers are multifunctional. Serving also as covers for car seats, strollers, and shopping carts.
BEAUTY GIFTS FOR NEW MOMS
Weight fluctuation, hair loss, and skin irritations are all common postpartum woes. Present new moms with beauty and fashion gifts to restore and reassure their esteem.
BEAUTY SUBSCRIPTION BOX
Choose from dozens of beauty subscription boxes and deliver monthly boosts of confidence to her door. Some starting as low as $10 per month. Beauty masks are one of my indulgences and I absolutely adore the FaceMask Tonight’s subscription. It’s exciting to receive treats in the mail.
WARDROBE SUBSCRIPTION BOX
Weight fluctuates so much after birth it can really bring a new mother down. Lift her spirits and help with that unwanted cost by gifting her a temporary wardrobe. Purchase monthly or annual options and gift her with wardrobe subscription boxes.
GIFT CERTIFICATE TO SPA
Deliver her a gift certificate from a local spa. A day of nails, hair, and maybe even a massage, will all be graciously accepted. Volunteer your childcare services and squeeze some new baby snuggles in for yourself.
ENTERTAINMENT GIFTS FOR NEW MOMS
Mommies need an outlet to relieve some of the stress and fatigue that comes with feedings, colic, and other baby joys. Present new moms with endless hours of commercial-free streaming entertainment.
Amazon Prime gives you access to books, movies, and free shipping. Gift an annual membership to the new mom and provide entertainment for all those awake hours. Free shipping will make purchases of necessities like diapers and wipes easy and affordable.
Bless her with music and podcast streams commercial-free. Purchase an annual subscription to Spotify for a year of uninterrupted enjoyment. Well, as uninterrupted as listening with a newborn can be.
GIFTS FOR NEW MOMS ON AMAZON
Amazon is the easiest place to find and deliver amazing gifts for new moms all around the world.
Here are my personal Amazon recommendations:
Diffuse your favorite essential oils with the adjustable mist timer. With an auto shut-off after six hours and 14 colors of the LED lights. My favorites are lemongrass and eucalyptus from the Art Naturals collection. Diffusing essential oils are a therapeutic release for many moms. Lavender promotes healthy sleep for both mom and baby.
Love this camera and it comes with an accessory bundle. All new mothers fall victim of snapping thousands of photos. I still have around 3000 undeveloped images of my babies sleeping. I couldn’t help myself! A tabletop tripod is an awesome tool for keeping mama hands free.
You don’t have to break the bank to give one of the best gifts for new moms to her. Capturing her little ones precious moments is priceless and costs you less than sixty bucks!
I carry this little godsend around the house with me while I’m completing my chores. Amplify her ability to enjoy her favorite music, podcasts, and audiobooks with the JBL Flip 4. It’s Bluetooth and waterproof. Making it safe for kitchen chores and relaxing in baths.
Whether mommy is breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, she’s spending a lot of time looking down. I experienced severe neck pain and found relief with this deep tissue pillow massager. Is it the real thing? No, but is an optimal alternative.
I’m a huge fan of Shark brand products and this vacuum is a lifesaver. It’s wi-fi connected with voice control (with Alexa). Help her keep the floors clean and ready for once baby becomes mobile. It happens so quickly and she’ll appreciate it even more than she knows!
BOOK GIFTS FOR NEW MOMS
Help ease her mind, (and soul) with gifts of education, enlightenment, and encouragement. Invest in these book gifts for new moms.
The Fourth Trimester is a postpartum guide to healing your body, balancing your emotions, and restoring your vitality.
Save our sleep is a wonderful resource for helping new moms establish their little one’s sleep schedule. The author, Tizzie Hall, also established a Facebook community to join and ask questions.
An Amazon number one new release picked by millennial moms. I haven’t read this book but I’ve heard great things so I’m including it. Packed with motivational and inspiring stories to help young mothers on their journey.
A fantastic read and a National Parenting Publications Gold Award Winner. Heed advice from expert nurses about preparing home for baby, postpartum care, and breastfeeding.
I love this! Mom’s five-second memory journal is a fun way to track things about your first year of motherhood. With writing prompts to help you jot down mementos when you only have five minutes to spare. The perfect gift for new moms.
A powerful book on how one mom uses these four themes to follow Jesus and teach her children– intentional motherhood, genuine community, refreshing rest, and embracing chaos.
Twenty-one mothers contribute their experiences and wisdom to help mothers who delivered by c-section. Helping take the unfortunate stigma away from a cesarean birth.
That does it for this year’s list of the best gifts for new moms. Do you have anything unique to add to the list? Add it in the comments and RePin to be a friend!
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