New Mom Gift Guide
My memories of becoming a new mom are still so vivid. Those first minutes, hours, and days of caring for a newborn baby is overwhelming, both emotionally and physically. If you are looking for ways to help ease a new mom into motherhood look no further! I’ve got a list just for you. I title this post ‘gift guide’ but many items on here won’t cost you a penny and will make a world of a difference for her.
Ask any mom, the first thing they'll tell you they had difficulty with in the first few months of having a newborn was food. New moms are hungry! They're lactating, their bodies are recovering from childbirth and need all the nutrients it can get! Here's some ideas.
A Home cooked meal
Preparing meals is the last thing on any new mom’s mind but eating healthy is vital to ensuring she has enough energy to sustain herself and baby. She is, after all, eating for two, producing milk, which takes energy, recovering from labour, and by this point, probably very sleep deprived. A meal she can easily heat up would be most welcomed!
Snacks that she can graze on throughout the day (and night) are a great gift idea for new moms. Some snack ideas include nuts and seeds, bars, cheese, homemade popcorn (not microwave popcorn), energy bites, hummus dip with pita bread, cut up veggies and fruit, bananas, and dried fruit like apricots, mango, strawberry, and prunes.
Fresh Baked Goodies
If she has a sweet tooth, whip up a batch of cookies or muffins.
Grocery Delivery Service Gift Card
Especially in the early days, it’s difficult for mom to go grocery shopping. This is even more so the case for those recovering from a C-section, as they are not allowed to drive for several weeks. In the Toronto area, Grocery Gateway by Longos would be a good one to try.
Bring or make her favorite cup of tea or coffee (decaf if breastfeeding)
Mother’s Milk Tea
This tea is not only delicious but helps new mom’s with milk production. I enjoyed drinking this with a touch of honey.
Mom’s body after delivering a baby is sore, I mean really really sore. A gift certificate for a therapeutic massage or offering her a massage yourself will work wonders for her recovery and relaxation.
Foot and Leg Massage
New moms are sitting and laying down quite a bit. As a result, she can start to lose circulation in these areas. A nice foot and leg massage would offer some relaxation, especially while she’s rocking baby.
Shoulder and Neck Massage
Most new moms don’t think about the pains and strains that come along with holding a baby. While she’s holding baby she’s constantly looking down. This can strain the neck, shoulder and upper back muscles. Offer some relief by gently massaging these areas.
This was a life saver. If you’ve ever breastfed a baby before you’ll know what I’m talking about. Baby’s have a surprisingly strong and natural ability to suck. The first few weeks of breastfeeding I used this nipple butter several times a day. It contains calendula, which helps to quickly heal cracked skin and is incredibly soothing. It’s also edible so no need to wipe off before baby feeds again. The EWG also rates this product as a 1, so the ingredients are considered low hazard.
A sitz bath, like this one, can offer relief and promote healing for a new mom's lady parts. I didn't personally use a sitz bath and simply soaked in a few inches of water in the tub but I think having a sitz bath would have been much easier to use as hopping in the tub is no easy feat after giving birth.
Essential Oil Diffuser
Diffusing essential oils offer a number of therapeutic benefits including mental clarity, promotes relaxation, supports the immune function, and can ease headaches and nausea. Lavender essential oil is a classic and favourite of mine. Even a few drops on your pillow at night will promote better sleep. Here's the diffuser I use at home.
Salon Gift Certificate
Pick up a gift card to her favourite salon. She can take an hour or two to pamper herself with a new mom haircut or a mani/pedi. She’ll feel like a new woman!
Offer to Run Some Errands
Help out by picking up groceries, diapers, or her other kids from school or daycare.
Offer to watch baby for an hour or two
Let mom catch up on her much needed ZZZs and watch over baby.
Drop in for a visit
Even if you only have 20 minutes, drop in when you can. New moms are starved of adult conversation. Being at home all day on her own with a newborn can be quite a change, especially if she’s used to interacting with people. Those 20 minutes will bring her back to feeling more like a person and less like a zombie feeding machine. Whenever you do drop in be sure you are not sick and wash your hands immediately. You do not want to risk introducing germs in to mom and baby's environment.
If you’re unable to visit...
New moms don’t want to feel left out. Text message, call, or email. Ask how she and baby are doing. Give her the lasted news on things she’s interested in. She may very well want to talk about something other than sore nipples and how often she’s up at night.
If you’re not sure what she would like or need, ask!