New moms can be so distraught with the new tiny human living in their house, that they often forget to take care of themselves. That is why you, dear reader, as a good friend or a family member, are reading this article, to try to find the best gift for your beloved, albeit a little lost, new mom.
We all know pampering new mums is an important job, and here is a list of all the absolutely necessary items that your new mom may have forgotten to buy beforehand.
Being a new mom can be exhausting. If the baby is fussy or is a light sleeper, new parents tend to be exhausted and with very little energy. Anyone who wants to stop by to see the baby, should never, ever come empty-handed. One of the most thoughtful gifts you can give to new parents is a fresh meal. Trust that they have been living off of snacks or sandwiches, takeout, pizza, or basically whatever they can get their hands on. So, a nicely cooked fresh, warm meal is a spot on.
If you yourself cannot bring a fresh meal, ordering something to their home (but calling the parents ahead, so that you know that they are awake and hungry) is as thoughtful.
A cleaning service
Similarly to eating, cleaning falls to the last place on a new mom’s to-do list. The dishes keep piling, the hamper overflows, and the floors get sticky. And that is perfectly normal, and completely fine.
You can hire a cleaning lady to come to help the new parents as they settle into their new roles, and take off one of the items on their list of things that are stressing them out.
A gift basket
If you are not as close to the new parents to bring food or offer to clean, pampering gift baskets are a perfect solution. You can put whatever you like in them, that’s the beauty of gift baskets. You can make it all about the mom, and put beauty products, to remind her that she is beautiful, even if she may not feel as such. Or, you can put all the postpartum care in the basket, to help her if she forgot something on the list, but she may need it.
You can even include gifts for the dad, like a whiskey, or some fancy cigars.
A nursing pillow
As a mom, nursing can be incredibly painful, both in the front and in the back. Hunching over, trying to get the baby latched on a minimum of six times a day takes a toll on a lady. So, having a nice, fluffy nursing pillow to put the baby on while nursing is such a pain relief (at least for the back).
You can pick out the colour or print that you like, and the more colourful, the better – the stains will show less on a more colourful, or busier pattern.
There is nothing like a dirty diaper. A baby’s diaper can stink up the entire house, so it is always nice to have something to cover the smell, even just for a little bit.
And diffusers, apart from making the room smell incredible, are a great way to keep the room at the perfect moisture level, optimum for the baby.
Having a manicure and pedicure is not on the list of top priorities for a new mom. She is exhausted, with stains on her clothes, and hair in a messy bun for the seventh day in a row, because taking care of herself suddenly fell to the last place on a to-do list. So, it is of utmost importance that she does go get her hands and feet taken care of. If you pop in a hand and foot massage, too, she will be eternally grateful.
Be wary, new moms will be extremely difficult to get out the door, but it is your job to persuade her that she’s deserved it and that it is okay to go and treat herself.
A spa day
Getting a new mom to go to a spa is mission impossible. First, because it is very difficult to separate from the baby, even if it is just for an hour, and secondly, because of the mom guilt.
But that is precisely why any new mom should treat herself, or be treated to a nice, relaxing, spa day. To get out of the house, get pampered, get spoiled, and enjoy herself – because she deserved it.
Having a new mom in your life can influence your relationship with the new parent, too. A new mom whose brain is swimming in hormones will have a very big reaction to anything that happens in her life, so make sure you bring only good things into her already chaotic life.
About the Author
Jasmine Anderson is a Sydney-based lifestyle blogger and a toddler mom. She loves to spend quality time with her family, go thrifting, and spend just a little bit too much time on the internet.