Want to surprise your sister or best friend, who has just become a mother? Make her feel loved with some special goodies or gifts that she will really appreciate. Here are some thoughtful ideas.
By Sindhu Sivalingam
Whenever there is a newborn in the house, the focus is usually on the little one. Visitors will bring clothes and baby care accessories, and gifts for the mother will invariably consist of supplies or essentials for her baby. So, if you have a relative, sister or best friend who has just become a new mom, are there thoughtful gifts that you can give her that will make her feel truly loved?
Think about it. A new mom has no time for herself, so look for practical yet special goodies, items or things that will make her day a little less stressful. If she gets to relax too, then so much the better!
Here are some great ideas for gifts you can give a new mom:
Bath time is a luxury for a new mother. And wouldn’t she love feeling refreshed after a quick shower? Gift your friend a whole range of natural bath and body products. Fill a basket with a pleasant-smelling body wash, loofah, a soft towel, shampoo, a natural room freshener, a scented candle and anything more that you think will please her. Toss in items that will make her everyday bath experience a true luxury.
In the first three months, stealing time away from an infant will be next to impossible for the new mom. So, getting the opportunity to sit down for a meal will be extremely difficult. Imagine, having to cook in such circumstances! If your friend is someone who can use help in food preparation, sign her up for a subscription to homemade and home-delivered meals. Even better, ask her what she’d like to eat and order that for her. Treat her to some tasty and nutritious foods now and then.
Yes, your friend or sister-in-law would love to step out of the home, but she’d mostly prefer to walk out in her PJs than wear anything fancy. Why don’t you choose comfortable yet trendy sets for her? Add some accessories — a feeding stole, a luxurious shawl or a nice-looking shrug. Button-down T-shirts and shirts will also come in handy for the comfort and convenience offered while nursing the baby. Let her look her best at all times!
You get a good diaper bag for your sister and you’ll be in her thoughts every day, at last for the next 10 months! A new mom cannot imagine stepping out without a huge list of baby gear. So, get her a fashionable diaper bag. Make sure it’s spacious, has lots of compartments and separate pockets for feeding bottles and flasks. If she prefers backpacks, get a backpack diaper bag. If she likes to sling a bag across her shoulders, look for one that could also serve as a handbag.
Gift the new mom a phone with plenty of storage and see how elated she feels. Every new mom generally is very hands-on when it comes to gadgets — be it a smartphone or a camera. The device is used to communicate, download parenting or reading apps and audiobooks and, to note down appointments or vaccination schedules. What's more, a new mom also loves capturing moments and memories with her little one. So, look for a phone with a good quality camera. You could also gift her a digital or a Polaroid camera.
Find a friendly and professional home spa, and pamper your friend to bits. Let her enjoy the calming treatment while you watch the baby. The feel-good effect of the spa will rejuvenate her and, leave her relaxed and refreshed.
Every new mom, in many instances, wishes to freeze time, so she can savour the cuteness and magic of her newborn. Arrange for a professional photo shoot for the family, so she can hold on to these sweet memories forever.
Maintaining a clean home while managing a newborn wouldn’t be easy. There are several apps to book cleaning services. So, find the best one, schedule an appointment so that your friend's home gets thoroughly cleaned. But, make sure it is at a time that suits her. In fact, she’ll be eternally thankful if you could arrange such a service, right before her delivery as well. What a great treat to be welcomed to a clean home with her precious newborn!
That’s a good long list we have made, we hope you have decided on what you will get the new mother, who is very dear to you. Of course, you could always offer your time. You could take care of the baby while she takes a long shower or has a short nap. Else, you could even just sit with her and chat as she nurses the baby. Help her change the baby, make her a cup of tea, offer to help her clean the house. Accompany her during doctor visits if required or simply be around for the company. A new mother may need a lot of things, but what she’d best appreciate is your time.
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