When a friend or family member has a new baby, it’s all hands on deck as everyone rushes to support her and the new life she spent months bringing into the world.
But what does a new mom actually need?
The world of baby and mommy products has completely changed in recent years, with more choices than ever to make life a little easier with a new bub. The key here with whatever you choose to give her is to make it supportive.
Whether the new mom in your life is breastfeeding or using formula, staying home or going back to work, or bedsharing or using a crib, give her the tools she needs to maintain her own mental health as she adjusts to life with a new baby.
From the trenches of motherhood, here are the top recommendations for new moms and their babies — you can’t go wrong with ANYTHING on this gift list.
FINALLY, a subscription box for crunchy moms! This monthly box is loaded with eco-friendly, natural goodies to pamper and support a new mom, and is the perfect way to give her a treat to look forward to each month.
Entirely customizable and chock full of snacks, pampering, and treats for both mom and baby, these boxes by the Ecocentric Mom Club are reasonably priced, and unlike anything else out there.
For a lot of new moms, the postpartum body is a bit of shock and can be really difficult to adjust to. Stretch marks are a natural, normal part of having children for many women, but if you know a new mom in your life is struggling to cope, this gift might help.
Users of this magic stretch mark stick are singing its praises, and with an ingredient list anyone can fall in love with, it’s a sure bet for the mom struggling with postpartum body blues.
Audiobook Subscription by Audible
Anything you can do hands-free as a new mom is a win and audiobooks are likely to become your bookworm’s new best friend. Make sure she has a great set of headphones to go with it and set her up with a subscription to a service like Audible. It’s a great way to stay on top of the housework, juggle the demands of a new baby, and still get a book in once in a while.
Breastfeeding moms struggle to get a break those first couple months (read: YEARS), and a lot of that is because so many babies aren’t crazy about the whole boob to bottle transition. Joovy makes bottles designed specifically for nursing moms, and get this — they even make them in glass!
Get her a gift set to take on a test run with the new baby, along with a promise to babysit while she sneaks out for a date night with her hubby.
There are a lot of nursing pads out there, but these pads by Bamboobies are thin enough to wear under your clothes, soft and comfy, and ridiculously absorbent for their low profile. Get her a stack along with a great, underwire-free nursing bra, and she’ll thank her heavenly stars she’s not reaching for those disposables anymore.
After childbirth, a lot of women struggle with a condition known as diastasis recti, in which the abdominal muscles have separated as a result of all that baby moving in. Before abdominal exercises are safe or effective, those muscles will need some help realigning, and binding your abdomen is a great way to do it.
There are natural ways to use long pieces of fabric to do this (read up on bengkung belly binding), but me? I went for fast and easy with a postpartum girdle from Leonisa. These are some of the most flattering, comfortable, and effective girdles on the market, and do more than slim your waistline.
Yoga is one of those exercises you can do with baby closeby, without worrying about waking her with your manic Zumba moves. It’s therapeutic, stress-relieving, and PERFECT for that postpartum recovery period.
Get her a yoga mat she can feel good about using, without nasty chemicals or a funky smell. This one by prAna is made from 100% sustainably sourced natural rubber, with a cool wood grain texture that’ll help her keep her balance post-baby.
Because seriously, there is NOTHING more useful to a new mom than an easy-to-use baby carrier. Our ring slings are available in so many styles and colors. You can find one for any mama in your life. The best part? They’re CRAZY easy to use — no complicated straps or knots to learn.
If it gets dirty, you wash it. If baby gets bigger, you adjust the fabric. And if you need a place to stash your wallet, you can use the handy zipper pouch on the tail.
We love tooting our own horns around here because we know how useful our slings are for new moms.
Give her her freedom back, and get her a ring sling.
Postpartum moms often struggle with getting enough nutritious food to eat, so make it easy for her. Whether it’s bringing by a home-cooked meal (gold star for you!) or just a custom curated basket of one-handed snacks, she’ll love you for thinking to feed her.
Some (okay, a lot of) days, new moms don’t make it beyond their pajamas. Which is what they were wearing yesterday.
If nothing else, make sure she has a beautiful, soft robe to wrap herself in every day. These organic cotton robes from Under the Canopy are simple, long enough to cover a pair of booty shorts, and easy to wash if a baby spits up on it.
YES, these exist. A comfy pair of leggings can be a girl’s best friend, but for a postpartum mom, these tummy control ones by Blanqi are nothing short of a godsend. The extra high-waisted panel smooths and supports a postpartum belly, while also offering some discreet coverage for moms when they lift their shirt to nurse.
Touted by moms all over the interwebs as one of the best inventions of all time, the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper by Fisher-Price is crazy affordable, and full of sleepy dust. Though it’s only really suitable for baby’s first few months, if the mommy in your life is struggling to get a shower in, this could be her saving grace.
Touted as some of THE best diaper bags on this planet of Earth, Ju-Ju-Be bags are coveted by moms who don’t mess around with anything but the best. Stylish? You bet. But we love them for their crumb catching compartments, mommy pockets, and convertible straps.
The best part? These chic bad boys are 100% machine washable.
There might be times when gifting someone some housekeeping services will offend them, but chances are, after bringing a new baby into the home is not one of them. Most parents, no matter how put together they are, at the very least don’t want to do the dishes, and most commonly, don’t get to them at all some days.
Give her permission to kick her feet up, if only for an afternoon, and coordinate some housekeeping to come by and give her a hand.
Regular jewelry is awesome, but post-baby, it’s a liability. These teething necklaces are cute, and keep baby from pulling on less sturdy materials, like say, the heart pendant he got you for Valentine’s Day last year.
With tons of color options, there’s plenty to choose from, and Chewbeads is a safe, trusted brand among mommies. If you can, get her a necklace that doesn’t have beads along the back of the neck (because holy hair pulling, Batman).
What’s one thing you couldn’t live without after having your last baby? Tell us what it was in the comments below!