If you are trying to buy a present for a new mom in your life, you might not be sure what to get her, asking yourself these questions –
- What can I DO for a new mom?
- What do new moms NEED for themselves?
- Should you just buy something for the baby instead?
- Just what IS a good gift for new moms?!
If you have never been a mom, these are great questions. If you have been a mom, I imagine you are rattling off a list of things you either received and loved or wish you had received right after you had your baby! 😉
I have been itching to create a list of the best, useful non-baby gifts that you can give to a new mom after she comes home from the hospital, so here goes!
What Are The Best Gifts For New Moms?
I remember when my first baby was born, I came home from the hospital and it was like I didn’t know how to get anything done anymore.
Before I had my baby, I was able to shower, work all day, clean, make dinner and clean up and more.
After I brought my first baby home, I was lucky to make my bed and shower each day (and sometimes even that didn’t happen).
I desperately wanted to not have to worry about cooking or cleaning or anything other than just the basics.
THE BEST GIFTS FOR MOMS THAT AREN’T FOR THE BABY
When an expecting mom is pregnant, the fuss is all about her (and the coming baby), right?
Once that baby is born, though, the fuss becomes all about the new baby.
For example, she likely received a bunch of gifts in the hospital, but most of them probably were for the baby in one way or another.
For a first time mom learning to adjust to this major focal change in her life, it can be overwhelming as well as possibly upsetting to make her feel like all anyone cares about is the baby.
One of the most thoughtful things you can do for a new mom is to give her something that’s just for her. I’m talking about some kind of gift that she would find not only useful, but also meaningful.
The best part is, these gifts can be from anyone.
Husbands, siblings, in-laws, friends, and co-workers can all get in on these and make the new mom in their lives feel special and important.
THE ABSOLUTE BEST GIFTS FOR NEW MOMS
These gift ideas are all about mama!
First-time moms are exhausted from lack of sleep and taking care of a tiny human all day and night. And we can’t forget about the emotional and physical toll of childbirth!
These new mom gift ideas are meant to help the new mom in your life to work a little less and be able to enjoy her baby a little more.
1. MEAL DELIVERY SERVICE
The last thing a first time mom has actual time for is cooking. And yet, taking care of a baby (and possibly nursing a baby) all day is hard work!
Moms get hungry!
Order the gift of a meal delivery service for that new mom in your life so that she has one less thing to worry about in her day.
Cue the happy tears for any new mom you purchase a meal delivery service for! There are lots of options out there now, but I recommend something with options for everyone like Hello Fresh or similar.
A great alternative for this could be setting up a meal train for the family!
The gift of not having to cook can also be homemade, and with a meal train the cost can be spread among many people.
2. HOUSE CLEANING SERVICE
Between cleaning her baby all day and barely (if at all) getting to clean herself, what new mom has time to clean her house?
I remember a friend of mine received the gift of house cleaning every 2 weeks for 6 months after her baby was born.
She was so grateful to receive such a helpful and meaningful gift!
3. VOUCHER FOR FREE BABYSITTING
First-time moms can naturally be nervous to leave their babies with a new nanny or babysitter.
However, these exhausted, hard-working moms need a break once in a while to recharge!
Give her one of the best gifts you can possibly give to a new mom: free babysitting!
Not only will she be leaving her precious newborn with someone she trusts, but she will be able to take a much-needed break and also not have to worry about the cost (having a baby is expensive!)
4. GIFT CARDS TO RESTAURANTS
This idea goes back to what I mentioned earlier about new moms struggling to make food.
You know something else that new parents don’t get often?
A hot meal…
…because as soon as they finally sit down to eat, the baby starts crying or the phone rings…or they fall asleep 🙂
A super thoughtful non-baby gifts for new parents could be a gift card to their favorite restaurant, allowing them to get out of the house and eat a delicious hot meal that someone else made for them.
5. DIAPER DELIVERY SERVICE
Is that new mom in your life trying to save money and help the environment by using cloth diapers?
If so, her intentions are definitely admirable, but she may be feeling so overwhelmed that it’s just too much for her.
One of the best gifts you can give a new mom is to give her the gift of a diaper service for a few months.
That will take a big, time-consuming chore off her already full plate.
6. MANICURE, PEDICURE, or MASSAGE GIFT CARDS
New moms have just physically put their bodies through incredible stress (hormonal, physical, emotional and mental) for months.
Treating her to some pampering would be one of the most thoughtful gifts for a first-time mom from her husband (or any friend or family member).
Maybe she could even take advantage of some free babysitting to go and enjoy a Mani/Pedi or a massage so she can relax for just a little bit.
If you gift her this appointment before the baby arrives, she may have time to get a prenatal massage before her due date.
7. GIFT CARD TO GET A NICE HAIRSTYLE
Pregnancy hormones do a number on a mom’s hair and cause a lot of it to fall out after she gives birth. Plus, pregnancy and birth can make a woman feel less than attractive.
Treat her to a pampering and relaxing haircut so she can get an updated hairstyle that accommodates the changes her body is going through.
The biggest benefit, however, will be that she leaves feeling as beautiful and amazing on the outside as she is on the inside.
That is the best gift you can give a new mom that isn’t for the baby!
Shower the new mom in your life with love and affection by giving her a gift that’s only for her.
Whether it’s a hot meal she didn’t have to cook or a few hours of pampering or house cleaning that she doesn’t have to do, she will appreciate it deeply.
I hope these 7 ideas of the best gifts for new moms that aren’t for the baby help you decide on a thoughtful gift that spoils her a little too. 🙂
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