Babies are usually treated like royalty way before they make their entrances into the world. From the many gifts mom receives at her baby shower for her baby-to-be, to the gifts visitors bring once the child is born, babies are always well taken care of.
But what about mom?
With the birth of a baby, comes the birth of a mom. Whether it\’s her 1st baby or her 9th, each pregnancy, birth, and postpartum is a unique experience, and just as babies need extra special catering to, so do moms.
Instead of purchasing flowers—although very sweet, but pretty useless once they wilt, and CONGRATULATIONS! cards that will very soon begin racking up dust, how about gifting the new mama in your life something to make those often challenging early postpartum days, a little easier and more enjoyable?
If you need some inspiration, check out these non-baby related gift ideas new moms will absolutely love!
1. A manicure and pedicure
How about offering to watch the baby while mom goes and treats herself to a nice mani and pedi? Chances are, she’s probably spending most of her days at home, but surely she\’ll appreciate spending some time alone getting her hands and feet massaged, and nails trimmed and styled to perfection.
2. A postpartum recovery box
Imagine getting mom a box full of amazing postpartum products that are designed to help her have a smoother and more enjoyable postpartum recovery! You can purchase your own products and make your own postpartum recovery kit.
3. A postpartum girdle
Postpartum girdles are great for new mamas. Whether mama had a c-section birth or a natural birth, wearing a postpartum corset or girdle will help her get back to her pre-pregnancy shape while providing her with the support her body needs while it heals.
4. Athleisure Wear
Doing something as simple as changing from a sour-milk-smelling robe to a cute, comfortable outfit can do many things to a new mom\’s confidence! Those first couple of weeks postpartum can be quite challenging. Between adjusting to her postpartum body, to running on little sleep, it\’s no surprise that many new moms lose themselves.
I remember feeling like I was losing myself when I had my first baby because my entire day was consumed with caring for him. I went from being super active and always dressed up, to feeling exhausted and never wearing anything other than maternity tanks and leggings. Of course, they were comfortable and convenient, seeing that I was breastfeeding round the clock, but I\’ll never forget how I amazing and alive I felt when I put on a cute athleisure set or even (gasp) a pair of jeans.
5. A prenatal and postnatal massage
Pregnancy can leave mom\’s body feeling tired and maybe even a little worn out, especially in the 3rd trimester. Hook her up with a prenatal massage (from a qualified RMT) to help get her body relaxed and ready for childbirth. After giving birth, mom may also want to enjoy some extra TLC, and a postnatal massage can definitely make her postpartum recovery a lot more enjoyable by ridding her body of any kinks following the birth of baby. After-all, childbirth and motherhood are hard work!
6. A home cleaning service
What new mama wouldn’t appreciate coming back to a home that has been cleaned from top to bottom? Gifting a cleaning service is especially helpful in the days leading up to when baby is due when mom will probably appreciate getting some much-needed rest before baby arrives.
7. A prepared meal delivery service
If there\’s one new thing most new moms have in common, it\’s the feeling of exhaustion that hits them a couple of days after the birth. Those first couple of weeks postpartum after I gave birth to my daughter are just a blur. I was beyond exhausted and cooking was the last thing on my mind!
Sure, you can get the new mama a meal-kit subscription. But why not go the extra mile and get her a prepared meal delivery subscription so she can enjoy healthy and wholesome meals without having to cook! A food delivery subscription would make for a perfect gift for a new mama. That way she can put all of her energy towards her postpartum recovery and the new baby.
8. A postpartum doula
Gifting a postpartum doula may come at a heftier price than some of these other gift ideas, however the support they provide is truly priceless.
A postpartum doula offers both mom and baby with evidence-based resources and support with commonly challenging activities such as infant feeding and sleep support. A doula will also provide companionship which is very useful during those early days when mom is learning to adjust her role as a new mama to a brand new baby.
Some postpartum doulas even offer light cooking and cleaning services. The type of support doulas provide is invaluable and can really help uplift mom and give her a postpartum recovery that she will remember forever.
9. A streaming service subscription
The new mom will probably spend most of her time nursing baby both late and night and early in the morning. Help keep her entertained so she doesn’t doze off, with a streaming service subscription, which will enable her to watch all of her favorite shows at any time of the day!
I hope you enjoyed these non-baby gift ideas for the new mama in your life!