Christmas is 5 short weeks away and Hanukkah is even sooner! Need some ideas for the new moms on your list? These are still a good bet, but here are a few more ideas she will love!
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Soft and Cozy Gifts
Bearsland Maternity Women's 3 Pieces Soft Nursing Pajamas Set Postpartum Sleepwear for Breastfeeding ($39.96) are soft and comfy, offer access for breastfeeding, and come in a bunch of different colors - plus they look nice enough for when company stops by to meet the new baby.
The versatile Bamboobies Nursing Shawl ($32.96) offers coverage if wanted when nursing in public and doubles as a top or a scarf.
Splurge on a State Cashmere Throw Blanket ($131.90) and mom can snuggle baby all winter long in style.
Gifts with some Glitter
Personalized jewelry is sure to be a hit - the Alex & Ani Birthstone Bangles ($32) and the elegant Maya Brenner Asymmetrical Character Necklace from Baublebar ($240) are modern favorites.
Sleep deprivation can make it difficult to capture all of the moments we want to remember. A baby book like the stylish Lucy Darling Baby's First Year: A Simple Book of Firsts ($34.99) offers spaces to add in pictures and jot down milestones.
Many times the postpartum period is focused exclusively on the baby; The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother ($16.96) offers a guide to caring for the new mom. The best thing you can give a child is a happy and healthy mother!
For moms who are struggling, The Pregnancy and Postpartum Anxiety Workbook: Practical Skills to Help You Overcome Anxiety, Worry, Panic Attacks, Obsessions, and Compulsions ($18.65) can be a lifeline. It starts with how to connect to your care provider and outlines practical steps to coping. Postpartum mood disorders are reported more and more frequently - you are not alone and CAN feel better! This may not be the most glamorous gift on this list, but for a family who is suffering, it can make a big impact.
Not all reading for new moms needs to be how-to guides! Louise Erdrich's The Blue Jay's Dance: A Memoir of Early Motherhood ($14.99) offers a relatable account of the emotional highs and lows of the first year.
I often joke that my love language is food - when I want to support someone I care about, it is a warm meal or a yummy dessert that I reach for. Many of the food gifts that we send are not necessarily nutritionally sound. Edible Arrangements (prices vary) offer beautiful fruit displays that are a healthier pick and still delicious.
There is a reason that the Instant Pot ($89.95) is a cult favorite with Facebook groups dedicated to sharing recipes - this multitasker is a pressure cooker, crock pot, rice cooker, and yogurt maker all in one! Perfect for moms who don't have enough time in the day - pair it with Instant Pot Cookbook For Babies ($9.95 - 0r free on Kindle!) for a gift that will be useful long past the holiday season.
Of course, we don't need to make healthy choices ALL the time. Champagne Bears ($8.50) are a fun and tasty treat that can be eaten one handed.
For A Mom Who Needs Some Pampering
Smith's Rosebud Salve ($7.65) is a nice stocking stuffer that not only moisturizes lips, but can also be used to soothe cracked and dry spots on your skin or as a cuticle treatment. Add Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream ($39.41) to combat the dehydrating effects of late nights and breastfeeding, and keep mom's skin bright!
The Naipo Shiatsu Massager ($49.99) soothes tired and achy muscles from carrying a baby all day! It has built in heat option for some extra snuggly warmth, too.
Aromatherapy and gentle acupressure help the Dreamtime Spa Comforts Eye Pillow ($11.70) promote relaxation and relieve tension. Pair it with a Dohm White Noise Sound Machine ($48.52) for a deep and restful night's sleep.
Tech for Tots
Anything that helps a mom manage her days AND is hands' free is a win - the Amazon Echo Dot ($49.99) can play music, shush a baby with white noise, add to your grocery list with voice commands, tell bedtime stories, and manage alarms and reminders. If you have other smart devices in your home, you can control the temperature or lighting of the nursery, too!
New babies mean LOTS of new pictures - a Nixplay digital photo frame ($149.99) can shuffle your favorites so the latest snapshots are always on display. Snag an extra for the grandparents! Wi-Fi capability means you can add your photos directly from your phone any time.