There’s nothing quite like the intense emotional roller-coaster of becoming a mom. It’s a mess of hormones and overwhelm and feeling terrified and exhausted and being totally enamoured with your new baby. It’s probably all of the best feelings and all of the worst feelings all wrapped into one. If you have a dear friend or family member who has just welcomed their first baby, there are so many ways in which you can help out. Don’t be scared to help! And if you don’t want to show up empty-handed, here is a list of 18 gift ideas that are just for mom!
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After the baby shower and the in laws and the sweet church ladies have provided the new baby with everything he could possibly need, it’s nice to surprise mom with a gift of her own to let her know she’s not forgotten.
Motherhood can be very lonely and a little show of love from a friend can really go a long way.
1. Cozy Nursing Sweater
Mom is going to be awake at all hours of the night feeding her little one, a cozy nursing sweater might really hit the spot! Many modern nursing tops are cleverly designed to not be so obvious, so even if mama decides to go the formula route, she could still make use of the sweater.
This super cozy number is available at Hazelnut & Rose.
Moms notoriously don’t have much time to spend on themselves. An easy to wear necklace or bracelet can quickly jazz up an outfit and lift her mood! Teething jewellery has become quite stylish lately and serves a double purpose. But my personal favourite jewellery comes from Penny + Grace because it is super light and delicate and adds a touch of whimsy to your day.
Again with the midnight feedings, a fun pair of socks or cozy woolen ones would likely be appreciated! Woven Pear has the funnest socks I’ve ever seen and I want them all! I need to find a way to cleverly leave their site open on my husband’s computer…
4. Framed Photo
Locate a photo (or take one yourself) of mom with her new baby. It doesn’t have to be perfect, well-lit or particularly flattering. What matters is capturing that unexplainable connection between them. Have the photo framed so that she has a beautiful reminder of the magic that is holding her newborn.
My favourite photo of me and my first son was taken in the hospital by my mom. I was cuddling him and I looked terrible and I wasn’t wearing much. But there’s something about the picture, the emotion it captures, that is raw and beautiful. I’ve never shown the picture to anyone, it’s precious and it’s just for me. 🙂
Lots of tea, because she’ll have to make several cups before she actually gets to drink one while it’s still hot. Go to a fancy tea store to get something different, not just what you can find at the grocery store. Or try clicking here for some ideas.
Actually slippers would be a great gift for before the baby is born. That way mom has something cozy to pad around the hospital in! I’m seriously loving these foxy slippers!
7. A Massage
Book mom a massage and go with her so you can snuggle with the baby in the waiting room. That way mom won’t be stressed out about being too far away and baby can get fed immediately before or after the appointment.
8. Nursing Scarf
I so wish I had had a pretty nursing scarf when I was nursing my babies! I awkwardly used a nursing cover but my second son hated it. (I never left the house with my first, that’s a whole other story!) A nursing scarf draws no attention and also dresses up an outfit, win win!
9. Hobby Materials
Don’t let mom forget the things she loves to do. Encourage her pursuit of hobbies. If she’s a knitter, get her some fancy yarn. If she loves to bake, how about a new recipe book. It’s all too easy for moms to lose their sense of identity, so reminding her that she has interests outside of motherhood would be doing her a big favour.
10. Food Box
Showing up with a home-cooked casserole is never a bad idea. But sometimes there’s an easier way that should just be embraced. Send along a box of pre-measured ingredients for healthy meals that can be prepared at mom’s convenience. I recommend Hello Fresh to basically everyone who will stand still long enough to listen, it has made my life so much easier! Use this link to score $40 off your first box!
It’s nice for moms to have a nice fluffy towel of their own that has not yet been used to mop up baby puke. Bonus points for a fun print! I spotted some at Home Sense the other day that had a moustache print with pink edging!
One of my favourite gifts was a little lap blanket that my Grandma knit for me when my son was born. It’s just big enough to keep me cozy without being cumbersome. Perfect for draping over a mama’s shoulders during a midnight feeding!
13. Subscription Box
How about a gift that keeps on giving during the hardest months of motherhood? Who doesn’t love a surprise snail mail gift?! Both Woven Pear and Penny + Grace are a subscription service, and Beauty Box 5 is very popular as well (and shipping to Canada is only $3!)
14. Pretty Diaper Bag
I used to believe that all diaper bags were supposed to be hideous, utilitarian type luggage. Now there are so many prettier options. But they can feel like a luxury to a mom on a budget, so it would be a lovely surprise from a friend!
15. Trip to the Hair Salon
Get a gift card or book her a hair appointment. Then go with her and sit with baby in the waiting room. A fresh hair cut goes a long way to making a tired mama feel human again!
16. Flowers & Chocolate
You can’t go wrong with flowers and chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate.
17. Boxes of Healthy Snacks
It’s so hard for a new mom to find time to shower or eat, let alone eat something nutritious! Provide a selection of healthy snacks that can be eaten one-handed in a hurry!
18. Funny Mug
Because sometimes the truth is funnier if it’s written on a mug.
What else would you add to the list?