Bringing a new life into this world is such a special experience. To celebrate, many people like to shower the new mother with gifts. That’s where these gift ideas for new moms come in!
Let’s keep it real. A baby shower is never for the mother. Even if some of us would like to think otherwise, family and friends go to a baby shower to shower the baby and not the mommy. (Keyword – baby) So the new mommy will most likely get gifts for the baby exclusively.
For that, several people prefer the idea of giving the new mother things that she can enjoy for herself. After all, she endured such a life-threatening experience that was giving birth!
New moms need some special love, attention, help, and pampering, especially during those first few exhausting weeks.
“Just as there is no warning for childbirth, there is no preparation for the sight of a first child. There should be a song for women to sing at this moment, or a prayer to recite. But perhaps there is none because there are no words strong enough to name that moment.”
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5 Gift Ideas for New Moms that are not for the Baby
Postpartum Care Basket
After giving birth, new moms have some special needs to help keep themselves a little more comfortable.
Unfortunately, some new moms can be clueless when it comes to what they will need after childbirth. That’s where the postpartum essentials basket fits in.
It also offers a more experienced mom the chance to explain what the items are and why she might need them. (Discreetly, of course!) Alternatively, one could put a note in the basket explaining the “whats” and “whys” of the items inside.
Some items you might include in the postpartum care basket could be breast pads, a nipple cream, medicated pads, a peri-bottle, Epsom salt, pain relieving spray, and a set of comfortable yet pretty nursing pajamas.
To know more about what a new mom needs postpartum, check out this very helpful article that tackles the postpartum necessities for the new mom.
Pampering for Mom
New mothers have definitely earned some pampering, but they may not feel like they can take time for themselves. Giving them a gift that encourages them to pamper themselves at home can help.
You might consider giving them a gift certificate for a trip to their favorite hair salon, a local spa for a facial or massage, or a manicure.
If you know that she is not going to be inclined to leave the house, or her baby, you can get her some gifts to pamper herself at home.
Here’s a few items that make excellent choices for a little bit of pampering at home:
Ensuring that the new mom’s family can have a delicious dinner on the table in no time is one of the best gifts a new mom can ever get!
Finding time to prepare a healthy meal in those first few weeks after a new baby has arrived can be just about impossible.
That’s why giving the gift of food is an excellent new mom gift, and there are several different ways you can do this:
Drop off a batch of meals to freeze
The most obvious is to drop off a meal for the new family to have for supper. A salad, casserole, and bread or a dessert will make sure the new family has something to eat for at least one night.
Better yet, choose to drop off a batch of meals for the new mom to freeze. Prepare a couple of different casseroles, a soup or stew, and maybe a house favorite such as a chili soup that is either already frozen or in a container that she can freeze herself.
You could also simply prepare a variety of meals (like ready-to-eat meat, vegetables, sauce, etc.) in freezer bags. She can then pull out a bag when she needs it and toss it in the slow cooker or Instant Pot for a fresh hot meal that night for dinner.
This works great if you already prepare freezer meals for your family!
NICE ADD-ON GIFT: If you think that she will need a slow cooker of her own, this 9-in-1 cooker will be a perfect gift!
Organize a meal train
Get together with some friends or family members and organize a meal train for those first couple of weeks.
Give her gift cards or food certificates
Gift cards for local restaurants or to delivery services like GrubHub are also a great gift idea for new moms. If she doesn’t feel like cooking one night she can simply order a meal and have it delivered right to her door!
Cook for the new mom
Why not stop in one day and cook lunch for the new mom?!
Generally, her partner will return to work after a week or two and she will be on her own during the day. Stop in to cook for her and offer to look after the baby while she sits down to enjoy her meal.
If she doesn’t already have one, an Amazon Prime subscription is another great gift idea for new moms.
She can use it to have new baby essentials like diapers delivered right to her door.
She can also take advantage of their video, audiobook, and music services since she will be spending a lot of time snuggled up on the couch or in the bed with her new bundle of joy.
If she already has an Amazon subscription, then a gift card to help them pay for those baby essentials will be a delightful alternative.
Another exceptional gift idea for a new mom is a gift certificate to a housekeeping service.
She can choose to use this for a deep clean of her home before her baby arrives or maybe after giving birth when her baby is home with her to keep her house clean.
Alternatively, you could always drop in for a visit, and offer to load or unload the dishwasher, fold the laundry, or give the kitchen a quick wipe down.
Most new moms will not tell you that they need these things done, so just step in and help. Small gestures like these are the ones new mom’s appreciate the most, and will remember with gratitude.
Conclusion to Gift Ideas for New Moms
The best gifts always come from the heart. It’s not the gift but the thought of giving that matters.
Bear in mind that all of the suggestions listed here are gifts that any new mom would love to receive.
A new mom gift doesn’t have to be extravagant. In fact, it can be something as simple as stopping by for a visit and watching the baby while she takes a shower.
Do you have several gift ideas for new moms?
Leave them in the comment section below. Let’s help out a fellow mama!
Talk to you soon,