I’m due with our second set of twins in just a few short weeks and several of my friends have had babies this year or are currently pregnant. I’m surrounded by pregnant women and babies and so unique and meaningful gifts for new moms has frequently been on my mind.
If you are looking for something meaningful and helpful for a new mom (or scoping out things to add to your own baby registry) here is a list of things I’ve found to be helpful as well as input from all you wonderful gals over on Facebook. Thanks for your input!
This time around, in creating my registry, I’m excited to be trying out Amazon’s baby registry. We have friends and family literally around the country and not everyone has access to a Target or Baby’s R Us (Plus I find Baby’s R Us to just be unnecessarily expensive). Everyone shops on Amazon – so creating a registry – and the ability to simply send Amazon gift cards as presents – has been so simple. Plus, they have everything! Which makes it handy when registering for twins.
I think for the new mama, a gift for her, can be just as helpful, if not more, than a gift for the baby! Having a new baby can be rough and mom deserves a little something extra as well! Here are my favorite suggestions for mama and baby:
Unique & Creative Gifts for the New Mom
A Massage for the New Mama
Spring for the new mama to have a relaxing and wonderful message. Give her the opportunity to get away for a relaxing hour or two. Check out Groupon for great deals on messages – I see them for our area all the time!
Hire a Cleaning Lady
This might be my absolute favorite suggestion and something I definitely want to gift to someone in the future. If it’s someone you are really close to (your daughter, best friend, etc.) consider giving her 3 – 6 months of a cleaning lady every other week. Or pull your money together with a group of friends. Help is still needed far past the first week or two of bringing your newborn home but often help dries up after that. Check out Groupon for great deals on cleaning services and maids – I see them all the time for our area!
Make Freezer Meals
This is of course a common suggestion, but so helpful!! Having healthy, home cooked meals ready to pull out and heat up are some of the most helpful day to day things you can do for a new mama. I recently shared my postpartum freezer cooking meal and 36+ perfect freezer friendly meals for a new baby.
Paper Plates, Bowls, and Plastic Silverware
When you drop off some meals for the new mama, include some paper plates and silverware so she doesn’t even have to deal with dishes! Of course these can be an added expense for a family with a new baby, so gift them with the freedom of not having to do dishes for at least a little while.
Do her grocery shopping for her
Or if you know her well enough, just show up at her door with groceries. Or you can call her hubby the day before and find out what she desperately needs. Another option, is to come over to babysit and let her go grocery shopping by herself. Depending on her personality, she might appreciate that more (I know I would)!
Fresh Fruit & Veggies Ready to Eat
I love this suggestion – especially if she already has other little kids. Bring over a tray of fresh fruits and veggies, already cut up and ready to eat. What a blessing when most people will think to bring over a dessert (which is always so thoughtful but maybe not the most helpful).
Gift Cards for Restaurants or Fast Food
When unexpected things come up, or the new mama has a long sleepless night, sometimes it just easier to ask hubby to stop and pick up Chipotle on the way home. Give them a little freedom with a gift card or two to their favorite place to eat out! Then they can use it when they really need it.
Come Over Ready to Help!
Here’s what one reader said that I think is brilliant: “Sit with the baby or babies on your lap for HOURS & let the mom sleep. I mean spend the entire day with her & insist she take a good, long nap. And don’t dress up to visit, just wear pajamas so she feels comfortable.”
When you come over, let mom know you are there for literally as long as you need. It can be hard when someone comes over for just an hour to actually get a good nap in. So let her know she can go take a nap, don’t set an alarm, and get as much sleep as she needs!
A Beautiful Journal for Her
Give her a beautiful journal that she can use for herself, to take notes on baby, or record those beautiful moments that you tend to forget. What a thoughtful gift! I love this journal which comes in several colors.
Clean BEFORE the Baby Comes
Head over to your pregnant friend’s house a few weeks or days before she’s due and give her house a good scrub! It can be so hard to clean by the end of pregnancy but every mom wants to come home from the hospital to a clean and tidy home. Give her this blessing and peace of mind before baby is born.
Make a New Mama Basket
Get a cute basket and fill it with all kinds of goodies for mom. You can add some things to pamper mom, her favorite chocolates, a new lotion, an encouraging book, ect. I love this New Mama Basket idea that The Humbled Homemaker put together:
New Parents Date Night Package
Help remind the new parents how important it is to stay connected with one another and give them the tools they need to create a cozy and romantic date night in together with these free printables from The Dating Divas.
Unique & Creative Gifts for Baby
Baby Essentials Gift Basket
We have been using Honest Company products now for almost a year and I love their products! I am really picky with the personal care products that my family uses – especially when it comes to little kids – and I have always been trilled with their commitment to non-toxic products and they don’t compromise or cut corners to save money.
You can buy their products at Target now (YAY!) but they also offer bundles from their website that end up being cheaper per product (about $5-7 per item which isn’t bad). If you place your first order through this link, you can even get $10 OFF your first order.
I have a friend in another state who just had a baby and I wasn’t sure exactly what she needed or used often, so I sent her a Honest Company bundle with my favorite baby and kid products. She has older kids too so I knew like the bubble bath and conditioner would work well for the older kids. I sent her:
When you order one of their bundles (you get to pick any 5 items from the hundreds they have) it’s only $35.95 (which makes it $7.19 per item). Then if you get $10 OFF your first order, you will get 5 items for $24.95 (which makes it just $4.99 an item for high quality, non-toxic, organic products)!!
A Nursing Cover
I was given two beautiful nursing covers with my first set of twins and I loved them! It was nice have two in case I couldn’t find one, it needed washed, etc. Amazon has a selection of some really cute ones and if you know how to sew, you could create one really easily. They also have these new nursing cover scarves in like a hundred colors that double as a cute scarf and a nursing cover.
Portable Diaper Caddy
I think I need to add this to my registry. It would be so handy to leave this out in the living room stocked with all the essentials. Bless a new mama with an adorable caddy like this and fill it up with all the diapering essentials.
A Baby Carrier
There is not comparison to a high quality baby carrier. It’s really not even worth buying a cheap one, you won’t want to ever use it. But the high quality ones also come with a higher price tag. So bless a new mama with her favorite carrier. Keep an eye out for sales and you can snag one for a great price. I just recently bought this Ergo baby carrier for only $60 from Zulily! So keep an eye out – Zulily often has great deals on different brands of baby carriers, you just have to pop in frequently to check (or sign up for their email alerts).
A newborn photography session
I love, love, love this suggestion! Every new mom wants pictures of her adorable new baby. So bless her with a newborn photography session so she can cherish those memories forever!
Nosefrida Baby Nasal Aspirator
Several people responded that the Nosefrida was the best gift they got as a new mama! It’s a relatively new baby product that eliminates the need for the gross moldy bulbs moms used to use for their little one’s noses. The Nosefrida is also going on my baby registry this time around!
A Boppy pillow
I agree, a boppy pillow is a must have! I used it all the time with nursing my twins, or propping one up while I held the other. It’s so universal and just a great tool to have. Plus, they come in a ton of cute prints!
Aden & Anais Swaddle Blankets
My boys literally lived in these swaddle blankets the first several months of their lives. I got a couple packs as presents and didn’t realize that these are not cheap blankets but rather high quality swaddle blankets. I didn’t even know to register for this kind and I’m so glad that my friends were looking out for me because these are all I use now! They sell these at Target and on Amazon in a ton of adorable prints!