My very wise mama once told me that the first year after becoming a mom would be the most challenging and amazing year of my life. She was right. There were so many new things to learn and experience, and more than a handful of things to panic about, including figuring out to live with my dramatically altered body. Being a mom suddenly made every single day much more poignant and sweet. I also discovered, first hand, why thoughtful new mom gifts were so important and special. If you’ve never been a new mother, finding the right gift can be difficult, especially because moms today talk, share, prepare and hand down their most coveted and practical pieces. It can be hard not to duplicate what they’ve already got.
So I set out on a journey to find what today’s new moms most desire. And even though you and I can’t give them a full night’s sleep or a day’s less worry about their precious new baby, I did discover so many fun and interesting new mom gifts, that it was hard to stop at just ten gift ideas. Of course, there are a few timeless classics that every new mom should have. But there are also lots of new gift ideas and options that never even existed when I was in the new mom category. They range from pampering spa gift baskets to pretty clothes, baby carriers and hands-free breast pumping bras. (Who knew about those?) I found lots of awesome and funny and touching gifts for women who are just embracing motherhood and the journey that will follow.
If you’ve got a new mother on your gift list, I think you’ll find the perfect present among those I’ve chosen. And if spending hours shopping for just the right thing isn’t on your “to do” list, I even have some options to make life easier on you. These special gifts for her will make any day as a new mom extra special. And, if you’re really a dear heart, you’ll offer to babysit now and then, just to give your friend, sister or daughter a much needed break from the baby. Check out these Top 10 Best Gifts for New Moms.
1. New Mama Natural Gift Box
If you’re in search of the best gifts for new moms, this collaborative gift box sends the perfectly nurturing well wishes that a new mom and baby need. It includes Baby Salve for baby’s diaper area, plus all their other nooks and crannies; All Purpose Salve for mom, dad, and the whole family – it’s great on dry hands and feet and it soothes scrapes, sunburns and more; Postpartum-balancing organic herbal tea – formulated by midwives with organic, fair trade and kosher herbs known for their hormone balancing, mineral density, and soothing properties, along with a stainless steel tea infuser ball; plus two luxurious, healing and soothing herbal lip balms that contain no synthetic fragrance or ingredients. This is a great, green, new mom gift idea because the gift box is 100% recyclable and the adorable glass jars are reusable. If you’re trying to come up with gift basket ideas, you could also include Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Getting Started Gift Set along with something special for dad too, like The New Dad’s Survival Guide: Man-to-Man Advice for First-Time Fathers.
Price: $54.99 (7 percent off MSRP)
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2. Casual Nights Women’s Fleece Plush Robe
Everyone knows new moms get up in the night, a lot. In the long line of perfect new mother gifts, this wrap around, cozy, plush fleece robe ranks right up there. It’s lightweight, yet incredibly warm with an oversized shawl collar and fold-over cuffs. To keep her snuggled up during labor and all the days after, the matching self-tie belt and attached inner tie means her robe will stay comfortably secure while she’s preoccupied with walking, rocking or nursing the baby. It also features two pockets, great for carrying pacifiers, diaper cream and burp rags. Keep her piggies cozy too with a pair of cushy slippers. A nursing nightgown that’s pretty and functional is another great idea when it comes to gifts for new moms.
Price: $19.99 (44 percent off MSRP)
3. Hip Club Black & White Stripe Designer Diaper Bag & Matching Changing Pad
One of the most coveted new mom gifts is a fashionable diaper bag that looks more like a designer purse. Since mom packs for two wherever she goes, this Hip Club designer diaper bag is a perfect present. When she is buzzing around town on errands with her baby in tow, there’s always a lot to carry. This diaper bag easily fits all of her baby essentials. With its optional adjustable shoulder strap, short handles and stroller straps, carrying this diaper bag comfortably is a breeze! Compared to many designer diaper bags, this one has all the features without the high price tag. With seven pockets, this is one of the largest and most spacious baby diaper bags on the market. The main interior compartment, as well as two exterior side packets, have secure zipper closures. It’s big enough to feel like tote bag, comfortable enough to feel like backpack and cute enough to feel like a designer handbag. As if function and style weren’t enough, this diaper bag also comes with a super cute matching changing mat too. To maximize the ease of this gift, keep her diaper bag smelling clean and fresh with the Munchkin Arm and Hammer Diaper Bag Dispenser. The OXO Tot On-the-Go Baby Wipes Dispenser is another diaper bag essential, along with some wipes for baby’s super sensitive skin.
Price: $49.49 (29 percent off MSRP)
4. Stork Craft Custom Hoop Glider & Ottoman
I can attest to the fact that one of my very favorite new mom gifts was my rocking chair. My mother in law made it for me from a kit, and that chair has since rocked two daughters and three grandchildren. While mine was a traditional wooden rocker, this Storkcraft Hoop Glider and Ottoman is an awesome glider rocker. It will give an instant lift to the decor of any nursery, and it makes feeding time easy for both mom and baby with its sturdy, padded arms. The chevron-patterned cushions not only looks contemporary, but make this glider both comfortable and durable. With enclosed metal ball-bearings, the custom glider and ottoman allow for incredibly smooth rocking. Because it’s made with solid wood construction, this piece will rock babies long into the future. To add some personality to this perfect gift idea, add some colorful accent pillows and a cozy throw.
5. Baltic Amber Teething Necklace
Nothing is cuter than babies wearing jewelry. That’s why this Baltic Amber Teething Necklace is a perfect gift for any new mom, especially one with a teething baby. Not only is the natural amber necklace beautiful, it offers alternative medicine for babies and toddlers in the teething process. Baltic Amber offers a natural immune system boost, with both anti-inflammatory and analgesic capabilities. The natural amber beads help improve a baby’s mood and behavior, thanks to the effectiveness of the succinic acid contained naturally in the amber. Plus baby won’t suffer the secondary effects left behind by synthetic medicine or teething tablets. And these smooth amber beads also eliminate scraping of their delicate gum tissues, which can occur with traditional teething toys. Because they help restore energy, and ward off fussiness and fever from teething, they make the perfect gifts for new mothers who are already exhausted. Baltic Amber teething necklaces come in a variety of colors. And, because they’re teething, they’re also going to be drooling so a cute set of baby bibs is a must.
Price: $15.99 (67 percent off MSRP)
6. The Mommy Journal: Letters To Your Child
Any new mom will tell you there are just not enough hours in the day. By the time she has fed, clothed, and bathed the baby, she simply doesn’t have time to create an elaborate scrapbook too. That’s why The Mommy Journal is a wonderful surprise. It offers a quick way for her to record special moments and memories as her baby grows. Space for each entry is only about three inches long and undated, so there is no pressure to write lengthy narratives or to journal every day. In less than five minutes, your new mom can quickly jot down the moments they want to remember forever. Plus, unlike traditional baby books, this allows her to record memories of all her children in one place. Charming illustrations of toys, hearts, and animals grace each page of this special memory book. Every few pages contain a bit of parenting wisdom that will give her a boost too, like “The best thing you can give children next to good habits are good memories.” It also includes instructions for fun activities moms can do with their children as they grow, such as how to make edible finger paint from instant pudding. This is one of the great gifts for new mothers that will become a treasured keepsake, both for the mom who creates it and for the child who receives this precious record of their childhood. In addition to journals, new moms can also use a good laugh, so humorous books about child rearing also make a great gift for her. For a mom who is a more prolific writer, longer format letters can be memory makers that will be treasured later.
Price: $11.93 (40 percent off MSRP)
7. Amazon.com Gift Card
New moms tend to talk to each other a lot. That makes finding the perfect new mom gift even tougher because they plan, buy and hand down so many things to each other. Perhaps the easiest and most appreciated gift is a gift card. They make it easy for you to shop for a new mom and even easier for her to find the perfect present for herself. That way you don’t have to worry about duplicating something she’s already got. There’s no better gift card for a new mom than an Amazon gift card. With millions of things to choose from on Amazon.com, she can choose the Mother’s Day gift that’s perfect for her. Amazon gift cards come in every size from modest to monumental, or why not give her the gift of a one year membership to Amazon Prime? With free two-day shipping on millions of items, unlimited, ad-free access to over a million songs and instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, it’s a great gift idea, especially when she’s likely to be up late at night with a fussy or wide awake baby. If your new mom is a Kindle user, get her a monthly subscription to Audible. That way she can listen to all the new best sellers, even when she doesn’t have time to sit and read. And if she doesn’t already have a Kindle Fire, that would be an awesome gift idea as well. In a few years, when her digital native baby becomes a toddler, he or she can watch their favorite movies and cartoons on the Kindle.
Price: $25 – $2,000
8. Snugabell PumpEase® Hands-Free Pumping Bra
My how things have changed since I was a new mom, and only for the better. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a new mom who’s nursing, the Snugabell Mom & Baby Gear PumpEase® Hands-Free Pumping Bra is a must-have undergarment. This is no ordinary nursing bra. According to the new moms I talked with, it’s the best hands free pumping bra you can get. (Wish they’d had these when I was having babies.) The fun, “Very Cherry” high performance fabric is both durable and comfortable. It’s soft against the skin and is breathable and quick drying, as well as wicking, an absolute must when she’s pumping her breast milk. The Snugabell will accommodate every breast pump on the market, making it easy to store extra milk and get an occasional break from baby. It can be worn over any nursing bra, camisole or dress. It would be a great idea to get your new mom an excellent electric breast pump to make outings more accessible. If she’s going back to work, she’ll also need extra bottles for storage.
9. Cuisinart Grind-and-Brew Thermal Coffee Maker
Make no mistake, every new mom needs caffeine. But she also wants delicious fresh coffee, not some pre-made coffee drink out of a can or bottle. Make every morning a great wake-up call by getting her this Cuisinart coffee maker. Since the baby is her alarm clock, once she figures out when she’s likely to be up and about, she can pre-set the timer and wake up to the rich aroma of freshly ground, just brewed coffee. This deluxe 10-cup model offers the best of Cuisinart’s expert coffee making technology to deliver unsurpassed ease of use and rich full-bodied coffee flavor. With its streamlined thermal carafe, it’s a beautiful addition to any kitchen. The coffee maker automatically grinds whole beans, right before brewing, to produce a fresh and flavorful pot of coffee. And, just in case she’s really jonesin’ for that first sip of java in the morning, the brew-pause function makes it simple to sneak a cup before the end of the brewing cycle. The cool thing that makes this one of the best coffee makers, is that smaller amounts of coffee can be brewed without any loss of flavor, thanks to the unit’s 1- to 4-cup setting. The double-wall thermal carafe (with a generous stay-cool handle) keeps coffee warm and drip-free pouring is a breeze. Don’t make her wait for that first yummy cup – deliver her some delicious dark coffee beans along with your gift. And if you really wanted to win her heart, you’d add some tasty chocolates to sweeten the deal.
Price: $116.99 (50 percent off MSRP)
10. Tua USA Exotic Bohemian Print Stretch Knit Wrap Maxi Dress
As any new mom can attest, it takes a while to get your body back to even close to its pre-pregnancy shape. Because new moms want to look beautiful on Mother’s Day, and every other day, why not get the new mom on your list a beautiful maxi dress? Maxi dresses are flowing and comfortable and will easily allow her to embrace her changed body. This beautiful long maxi dress, from popular LA Fashion District brand Tua USA, features wrap front styling and three-quarter length sleeves. It’s not too tight, and offers enough coverage for that oh-so-necessary postpartum bra, while being casual and elegant at the same time. It comes in so many pretty patterns and colors, and the wrinkle resistant fabric makes it perfect for travel. Plus sized maxi dresses aren’t always easy to find, but this lovely style comes in sizes from small to 3XL. All the new moms I talked with shared their need for more comfy and stretchy, but presentable clothes. You might consider nice yoga pants, camisoles, and casual stretchy skirts as great new mom gift giving options.
Price: $47.97 – $68.00