New and expecting moms have so much on their minds that it’s impossible to think of everything themselves. While they’re busy doing the yeoman’s—Yo! That’s woman to you! — Work of growing or taking care of that newborn, you can buy them an item from this list. Each and every item is guaranteed to make her life easier.
Some parents sleep with their kids—others don’t. It’s all up to the individual family. For the latter, a crib is an essential piece of nursery furniture. This one grows with the child. It changes from an infant crib to a toddler crib to a day bed—and then to a full size first kid’s bed with footboard and headboard.
A good changing table is another essential piece of furniture for any new mom. It’s part of the daily—sometimes hourly—ritual of mommy-hood. The best ones, like this one, has plenty of built-in storage room for diapers, changes of clothes, diaper cream, and baby wipes.
New moms might think changing that baby is always going to happen up on that nice changing table. But the truth is, it’s a super awesome idea to have extra pads at several locations around the house, because the fact is that babies neither poop on schedule nor where you choose. Having extras is a lifesaver.
The changing happens out in the world, too—and if mom isn’t in a location with a convenient changing table, then you’re out of luck. Even if she is, she’s going to want to keep the little on off the public surfaces, most likely. This new mom gift will make life-on-the-go much easier.
Lots of new moms love to sleep with their baby right by their side—but every single one has the nagging fear that they’ll roll over and squish the poor little thing. This in-bed co-sleeper gives new moms the best of both worlds. Baby can be in bed with them, but protected from accidental roll-overs.
Pump up the volume! Voted the absolute best breast milk pumping system by countless baby magazines, websites, and online shopping services, the Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump has everything a new mom needs to get that milk out of her, store it, then get it in that baby’s belly.
Crunchy granola moms rejoice, Part Trois! Do something unsurpassably awesome for your cloth-diaper using new mom friend. Get her a service that comes and gets her cloth diapers, leaves fresh ones, and returns with a new set as often as she wants. We picked this company because we love the name—we’re sure you can find one in your area.
When mom leaves the house with a baby it’s like a one-person SEAL team going on a mission. She has to think of everything, and she’s going to need a bangin’ baby bag that can hold it all. The bag needs room for bottles, diapers, wipes, XANAX (j/k), and a change of clothes or three. This one has it all.
New mama can keep that papoose snuggly close with the new gold standard in baby carriers, the Baby Bjorn. It’s fully adjustable and the little one can ride facing in, for cozy nap time, or facing out, to see what’s happening in the world. The straps are padded so mom stays comfy, too.
Dr. Karp calls the first three months after birth “the fourth trimester.” His theory is that for biological reasons, babies come out at nine months because if they stayed any longer, they’d be too big to come out. This book isn’t the only approach to newborns, but it’s helped millions of moms through those first few months.
New moms don’t want to walk away, but they have to. Scratch that. Sometimes they have to walk away—the mummying can be quite stressful, after all. Now new moms can have their cake and eat it too, without a baby on their lap. This video monitor is motion activated: if something’s up with baby, mama will be the first to know.
Hoodies style, winter warmth, and breast feeding. Miracle of miracles, it can all happen at once. All mom gear doesn’t have to be frumpy and flouncy. This fleece hoodie keep mom and baby toasty while allowing easy access for feeding.
Moms just know. That’s a fact that no human in their right mind will dispute. But it can never hurt to have some scientific data to back up that intuition about a baby’s fever. Having a baby thermometer on hand can keep new moms from freaking themselves and everyone else out unnecessarily.
True: you don’t need a HUMVEE every time you want to take a walk. This stroller is light, convenient, and easy to use. When all mom is planning to do is take the baby on a short stroll through the store or around the block, it’s useful to have a simple folding stroller in addition to the jogging stroller.
Oh, the joys of projectile poop and tinkling fountains—that’s what baby can be sometimes. New moms will appreciate having as many changing pad covers on hand as possible. Because what’s almost impossible is keeping changing pads clean all the time. It’s much easier and useful to pull one off and throw a fresh one on.
New moms can get that baby warm and dry all over as soon as they come out of the tub with this hooded towel. Not only are these hoodie-towels eminently practical and extremely useful, but babies also look incredibly cute in them. This one comes with a baby-soft washcloth set.
Usually when babies are crying it’s one of three things: hunger, changing time, or discomfort. And sometimes in the back of the car they’re crying because the sun is in their eyes. Simple as that. This car seat canopy stops that from happening and keeps the harsh rays of that soft skin when mom takes the seat out of the car.
Not every baby responds well to being wrapped up all tight, but for some, it’s the answer. Really: the answer. Experts say it reminds them of being back in the womb, snug and warm. These swaddling blankets have extra flaps and Velcro to keep the swaddle in place.
Like diapers and wipes, new moms are going to need an endless supply of these. They magically disappear even when mom sees exactly where they fell down. We think they go to the same place that Tupperware lids and left socks go—but truly, it’s a mystery.
Babies are ready to try solid-ish foods around four to six months. When that time comes, it’s incredibly useful to new moms (they don’t feel new at that point, but in the grand scheme, they really are) to have a set of lock-lid glass food containers in the kitchen. Especially if they like to make their own baby food.
Keep that noggin warm! We’re not talking doll, here, we’re talking uber-cute cap for cold weather. New moms are going to need these on hand, because babies need fresh air to grow and thrive. And mom needs to get out of the house and not worry about those cute baby ears freezing right off.
How cool is this? Very cool, we say. Very cool. A fashionable winter coat that’s designed to be worn over a baby carrier. Your new mom friend will be the hippest mom around with this coat. She’ll thank you over and over again for giving her back a modicum of style, without sacrificing full mamahood.
Swaddle, feed, rock, sing lullaby. Place in vibrating bouncer and simmer for thirty minutes. Remove sleeping baby and place in crib. It’s that easy! Yeah, and we have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn. Jokes aside, though, some babies respond like magic to these vibrating bouncy chairs. It’s definitely worth a try for any new mom.
Babies are soooo lucky. They get to wear things like this: full body fleece rompers with cuffs that fold over the feet and hands. This one would make the perfect “coming home from the hospital” outfit. It’s also great as go-to all-purpose apparel for the little munchkin.
Another thing that’s extremely useful for new moms: an endless supply of onesies. It’s a proven fact that no matter where the bib is places, a baby will find a way to get food, drool, or other unnamed effluvia all over the outfit underneath. New moms need tons of onesies. Fact.
Little babies—even newborns—can have long, sharp fingernails. And they can actually scratch themselves and hurt their eyes. That’s where these scratch mitts come in. New moms can put them on babies’ hands to keep their treasure from scratching their faces.
Footie pajamas are definitely one of the best things about being a kid. This one can make a new mom feel socially responsible and conscious while giving her baby a wonderfully cozy set of pajamas. It’s organic, eco-friendly, and a portion of each sale goes to the Jane Goodall Foundation.
A new mom committed to nursing is going to need more than one of these. She’s going to need at least a year’s supply. You can make it easy on her at the beginning by buying her a few. Then you can re-up her as needed. That can be your new role in her life: bra supplier!
New moms most definitely need diaper cream for baby and nipple cream for the post-feeding tenderness. Mom and baby also need lip balm for those dry winter days. This natural gift adds one more awesome ingredient: a hormone balancing herbal tea for those moments when everything is out of whack.
Does mama wanna rock, or does mama wanna gliiiiiide? If the new mama in your life is a glider, then this one is perfect. Nap time, story time, sitting and cooing at baby time are all easier when you can just slide back and forth with your feet up. Mama can feed the kiddo and then take a nap herself.
The first gift box on this new moms list was all about the healing—this one is all about cleaning and moisturizing. All-natural Aveeno products will keep mama and baby squeaky clean and the skin soft to the touch. It comes in an all-natural canvas tote bag.
The most natural thing on earth—a mama breastfeeding a baby—can also be one of the trickiest things to pull off. Even when mom is lying down, comfortable as can be, there are days when it’s a challenge to get that baby in the right position. Enter the nursing pillow, designed to make it as perfect as it can be every time.
Don’t forget: if the parents aren’t filled up with good food, then it’s hard for them to be good parents to the newborn. This clever book is filled with recipes for new moms. Mom can expect awesomeness like nap-time recipes, and our favorite: one handed recipes. Oh yes they did!
This gift kit for first time moms has her covered with everything she didn’t think she was going to need. It’s got breast pads, cooling gels, and gel packs to keep in the fridge or freezer. This all-in-one pack is the perfect size to bring along to the hospital, so mom can have what she needs right away.
They will disappear, but new moms can fight the good fight by using pacifier clips. These babies attach the pacifier to a lanyard that attaches to the baby’s clothes. They’ll keep the pacifier attached, until the little genius figures out how to detach the clip itself and destroy it like a pro.
These carriers are a close cousin of the Baby Bjorn but many mothers prefer them because they’re softer. They give a real papoose-like feel to the carrying experience. Unlike the Bjorn, there are no straps and buckles. The precious package can ride virtually hidden under a jacket or cardigan.
Yes, please! Drool bibs, and lots of them. Babies are experts at producing liquids from everywhere liquid can possibly be produced. There’s the obvious, taken care of by diapers. Then there’s the nose and mouth. Moms want these, because they get drenched in no time flat, and need to be replaced STAT.
What’s harder to clean than a juicer? A baby bottle, of course. The rubbery ends are a catch-all for caked up milk, formula, and fruity juices when the baby gets a few months old. And new moms can’t let that stuff hang around—it’s no good for baby. She needs a brush to get it healthy-clean, every time.
We gave you the HUMVEE of baby strollers, and here we present the Ferrari of little baby home swings. You can leave your child home alone with this thing for hours—Joke! And Illegal! But really: this awesome gizmo swings back and forth, side to side, plus it’s loaded with sixteen classic lullabies and extra nature sounds.
New mom survival you say? You’d think that would mean bottles, formula, nursery items, bibs—but that’s where you’d be wrong, dead wrong. The emphasis here is on Mom. Which means this survival kit includes three bottles of Belgian Dark chocolate, in doctor-recommended doses.
What new moms want more than anything is to love on that baby. And rest when they can. They don’t want to take care of anything but that sweet bundle of love they carried around for nine months in their belly. One stellar way to make that possible is this: have three meals a day delivered to them for a month.
Rub it in—the right way. When new moms do get away from their babies for an hour here or a half an hour there, they should make it count. Give them the relief of a deep tissue massage for their break from mommy time with a gift card from massage envy. Even if she thinks she doesn’t need it, make her do it: she’ll thank you afterward.
10 DIY Gifts for New Moms
There’s an old Scandinavian saying: leave them out in the cold air for an hour, and when you come back, they’ll be beautiful. That’s not to say leave your baby unattended, and by all means, bundle them up—with a crochet hooded cowl like in this excellent DIY.
Booty, booty, booty, booty, rockin’ everywhere! Baby booties are an essential part of any newborn’s wardrobe. This DIY shows you how to take an old sweater and turn it into a pair of baby booties. Give these as a gift to a new mom and she can keep that youngsters toeses all toasty.
A new mom needs a waterproof baby bib just like a duck needs a water-tight…you get the idea. While you’re at it, make her more than one. This seven-step tutorial gets you started, and once you make one, making the next should be just like—you guessed it—water off a duck’s back!
You’ll need some crocheting skill to pull these off, but if you’ve got those skills, these little pants are to die for. The pants have a cute “bum-flap” in back that stays in place with two big buttons. These pants are beyond cute—and you can make them in any color you choose.
Personalized that baby’s wardrobe with these one-of-a-kind knee patch tights. If it’s a newborn, they patches with be for show—if the baby’s crawling already, they’ll make the tights last longer. All you’ll need is freezer paper, fabric paint, a pen, scissors, and a foam brush.
You can be the one to make your friend’s baby the blanket that sticks around for life. The one that gets carefully saved and preserved through the years and then handed down to the next generation. A new mom wants a special blanket for her baby, and you want to make it for her. We know you do!
This car seat canopy is designed to keep a newborn safe from the elements of a real winter. As in Chicago real—not some Southern California sixty-degrees is chilly type nonsense. This DIY shows you how to make a fleece lined, PUL (waterproof polyurethane laminate) covered canopy with a handy viewing window. You win the friend contest!
This DIY sippy cup is so easy to make that we can’t resist saying it: badda-bing, badda-bam, and badda-boom— instant sippy cup. You’ll just need two items, and about one minute to make it come out right. A plastic water bottle and a thumb tack. Add baby and you’re in business.
You’re driving in your car and you hear this come over the radio: News flash—baby bandit robs store and gets away in motorized jogging stroller. Police are on the lookout for a baby wearing a grey bandana with black polka dots. You’ll know your gift was well received. Well used? Perhaps not!
Here’s one last new mom gift for the crunchy granola set: a recipe for homemade baby formula. You know your new mom friend doesn’t have time to do this for herself, so you really should do it for her. This recipe is as healthy as it gets.
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