Gift Ideas for New Moms

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Being a new mom is a blissful time and probably one of the most challenging times in anyone’s life. The sleep deprivation while taking care of yourself and another tiny human being can take a toll on new parents. Thoughtful and practical gifts can mean the world to new moms.

I’ve polled my mom friends on their favorite items.

Here’s the list of favorite things from moms all over the world:

  • Baby Carrier
  • Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard
  • Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub
  • Baby Milestone Blanket
  • Car Seat and Stroller Combo
  • Bulb Syringe or Nose Frida
  • Car Seat Head and Neck Support for Infants
  • Pillow(s)
  • Muslin Cloth
  • Nursing Pads
  • Maternity Waist Band or Wrap
  • Unisex Diaper Bag
  • Nipple Shield
  • The Baby Book by Dr. Sears
  • Access to Lactation Consultant

What moms have to say about their favorite items:

1. Baby Carrier

“Baby carrier is invaluable to moms everywhere, since it allows you to be able to do things in the house while carrying baby. My baby loves to sleep while being carried so this helps me do housework at the same time.” – Honey, New Zealand

“I loved the wrap style when piglet was little as it felt both secure and comfortable for the both of us. You can buy any number of makes, the most famous seems to be Moby Wrap, but the one I got had wonderful reviews on Amazon and is called the CuddleBug.

I loved that I could use it with piglet facing towards me when she was teeny, to hold her on my chest sideways as I lay on my back and she slept. Now that she’s older, I can use it with her facing out so she can explore the world a bit more.

At about 6 months old she graduated to a more straight-laced wrap because she kept trying to bounce out of this one. I now use the Infantino. Another good thing about the fabric wraps is that you can buy sling rings (mine were from cutie carry) and try a sling carry style (we didn’t like that, but it gives you flexibility).” – Amy, USA

“Wildbird Sling is a favorite item.” – Desiree, USA

2. Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard

“Initially we had wanted a ‘real’ crib made out of wood, and were leaning towards the kind of ones that convert into a young child’s bed too. But we were strongly recommended the Pack ‘n Play and it has turned out to be absolutely the right decision for us.

The portable changing/napping cot was perfect for when piglet was so tiny that the rest of the crib seemed way too big. Then she transitioned to the elevated section, making it easy for us to reach her, and then when she started rolling over she graduated to the bottom of the crib (where she’d have been the whole time in a wooden crib).

This flexibility was great and really worked with piglet as she was growing. It’s also super pack-able (hence the name!) and we took it with us when we visited her grandparents, just a little bit of room taken up in the trunk was all it needed when packed away, think about a packed tent kind of room.

Now she’s older we love having the Pack ‘n Play for corralling her from doing something foolish and it’s great to fold up (which takes a couple of seconds only) and stick out on the porch so we can all hang out together.” – Amy, USA

3. Munchkin White Hot Inflatable Duck Tub

“I love that it can float on top of the bath so you can be taking your bath, and have the baby in theirs floating on top. My hubby loves playing ‘pirate ships’ with piglet like this.

The ‘white hot’ bit is very useful too when the baby is little and you have to be really careful about the temperature of the water (the little heart turns white with the word HOT if the water is too hot). Also, let’s be honest a bathtub made from a rubber ducky is just too cute!” – Amy, USA

4. Baby Milestone Blanket

“A sheet to take photos of every milestone – we were gifted the Luljo baby’s first year blanket from my wonderful boss and his wife. This has been wonderful (along with the Shutterfly calendar) to show how much piglet has grown and changed over the first year, and it really does go by in a flash! So get on that right away.” – Amy, USA  

5. Car Seat and Stroller Combo

“When baby grows, you can convert it into a toddler stroller. My daughter is almost 3 but I still use it occasionally.” – Sikira, USA

“Car seat – that’s vital. We read a wonderful review about someone getting in a car crash soon after their baby was born, and whilst mum and dad had lacerations and broken bones, baby was still asleep in the back. That sold it for us, no question.

In the end though, we also really loved the stroller that it came with and found it super easy to maneuver on walks in the park as well as rocking the baby to sleep some nights – The Baby Trend Expedition Jogger Travel System” – Amy, USA

Author’s note: Car seats are a very much a personal choice. Check for recalls on brands and make sure you’re following the guide for proper installation.

6. Bulb Syringe or Nose Frida

“Useful for each feed to clear baby’s nose and mouth.” – Sikira, USA

7. Car Seat Head and Neck Support for Infants

“Car seat can be huge compared to the size of a newborn because it’s made to accommodate them until a certain age. For me, the head and neck support is a must as it provides extra support and cushion to the baby.” – Sikira, USA

8. Pillows

“Pillow(s) helps prop my baby up during feeding. It doesn’t have to be a breastfeeding pillow. Regular pillows will do. Helps prevent my back from hurting during feeding and allows me to position baby comfortably.” – Honey, New Zealand

9. Muslin Cloth

“LOTS of it! This is an indispensable item. I can carry it anywhere and helps keep my baby and me clean from spills, spit and vomit. Such a simple and understated, yet very useful item.” – Honey, New Zealand

10. Nursing Pads

“I was so glad to have with me after giving birth. As a new mom, it could be extremely embarrassing to have your blouse wet on the breast area.” – Maria, USA

11. Maternity Waist Band or Wrap

“This was a great help right after birth. It provided some support with all the extreme body changes and allowed me to be able to get around on my own.” – Maria, USA

12. Unisex Diaper Bag

“Having a back pack as a diaper bag makes it so much easier to maneuver things as a first time mom. Having one that is versatile for mom and dad goes a long way for dad to be willing to carry anytime, anywhere.” – Maria, USA

13. Nipple Shield

“For babies who have trouble latching on to mom’s breast.” – Desiree, USA

14. The Baby Book by Dr. Sears

“These guys have an entire parenting library and it’s a family of pediatricians (the dad, the mum’s a nurse who has focused on lactation and birth, two of the sons are now pediatricians so it’s a whole family affair); it’s almost like having a pediatrician there at home to refer to.” – Amy, USA

15. Access to Lactation Consultant

“…and girlfriends you trust to help walk you through it! It’s amazing how things can seem like the weirdest or most end of the world occurrence, but when you talk it through with someone who’s been thought it, suddenly there’s a ray of light at the end of the tunnel and it all seems way more manageable!” – Amy, USA

There you have it. The moms have spoken. I hope you find this list helpful as you build your baby registry or if you’re looking for gift items to get a new mom. If you’re looking for more ideas on helpful items for surviving the first month (and beyond) with baby, check out my other post.

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