From the exhilaration of a baby’s first steps to the exhaustion of late-night cries and feedings, the first months of motherhood are emotional affairs — so there’s probably no group on the planet more deserving of extra-special gifts than new moms. With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to start mulling over the perfect present. To make the process a cinch, we did the legwork for you with these 9 great new-mom picks.
A stylish diaper bag
No new mom should have to forgo style for utility (ick). Since she carries that good ol’ diaper bag just about everywhere, help her trade up for one that feels like an extension of her outfit.
A nursing pillow
You can’t put a price on comfort, right? Get the new mom in your life a nursing pillow with all the goods. The Boppy Original Nursing Pillow supports your newborn through their entire first year with propping, tummy time, sitting or just discovering little fingers and toes. Designed for your baby’s supervised, awake time.
Let’s face it: cleaning the house is probably the absolute last thing a new mom wants to do in her downtime. With that in mind, help her offload some of those duties by paying for housekeeping — a gift that may be especially useful around (and after) the busy holiday season. If you don’t know where to start, Care.com and AngiesList.com can help you find a well-reviewed housekeeper in your area.
A timeless necklace
No woman will ever turn down a gorgeous piece of jewelry! Whether she’s a first-time mom or you’re wrapping it up on behalf of her kiddos, a sparkly keepsake necklace is a great addition to her collection. A timeless tag in gold or sterling silver will go with anything in her closet, so it’s a fail-safe option. (tiffany.com)
Books will never go out of style, and usually tug at the heartstrings — especially when it’s one mom can write herself. Help get her started with an awesome hand-me-down memory book for a new baby, or pick one up that’s dedicated to those precious parental life lessons. Basically, you’re helping her nail a special regift down the road.
Since she’s basically soothing her new baby 24/7 in those initial weeks and months, help a brand-new mom take a load off with a glider for the nursery. Choose one with adequate cushion, preferably in a neutral to match any decor. It’s the perfect place for moms to preserve manpower… and it looks pretty slick to boot.
Nursing comes with its own set of highs and lows. One low is the complicated clothing situation — but you can turn that clothing debacle around with some cute new nursing essentials. A soft bra that’s a breeze to unhook is a total necessity, along with a cozy hoodie for cold weather that easily opens when it’s time to breastfeed.
Sure, a spa package is a wonderful gift… but sometimes a quick, at-home pick-me-up is the better solution for a new mom. Whether you opt for a luxe new eye cream to tackle dark circles and puffiness, a soothing moisturizer for tired toes, or a full facial set, there’s a million different pampering options she’ll love and appreciate (yet probably wouldn’t buy for herself.
Digital picture frame
A nice picture frame is always a gifting standard, but a digital picture frame is infinitely cooler. Like a frame and a photo album rolled into one and packaged up for the 21st-century customer, mom can re-watch all those scrolling memories while she’s catering to her new little one. Aww.
New ideas and inspirations since there’s no group on the planet more deserving of extra-special gifts any time of year!
By Jenna Birch
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