THOUGHTFUL GIFTS FOR THE NEW MOM
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I feel like new moms sometimes get neglected after childbirth with everyone gushing over the new baby and buying loads of presents for the baby. I don’t know if you felt this way, but I felt a bit abandoned after I had Jidenna. I guess maybe it was partly because I had just moved here and I was still yet to make new friends. Well, even back home, it would not really have made any difference because most people just care about the new baby when mama and child are back home from the hospital. With that being said, these are the gifts I would have loved to receive from friends and family. And by gifts, I mean all ‘mine’, not for the baby. I also deserve presents, after all, I just birthed a baby. Childbirth and motherhood isn’t an easy task at all. It can be challenging and if y’all love me, or at least say you do, you should be giving me things that will make my life easier with a newborn.
The Gift of Your Time – ‘Sleep, Sleep, Sleep’ & Babysitting
Okay, hear me out first. I’m sure you are probably wondering how sleep and babysitting is a gift. Trust me, I would have absolutely cherished this gift. Well, I kind of had this for a bit when my mom was here. She was here for two months but I wished I had her for longer. You have absolutely no idea how this helps a new mom. I wish I had someone just say to me ‘Chi, go take a nap for the next 2 hours while I take care of the baby. It’d have also been nice to have had someone offer to babysit Jidenna for a whole day. You know, just to give me time to feel like myself for a day….time to actually have a really long bath without hurrying because I’m worried Jidenna would wake soon if he hears the shower running…(he was such a light sleeper…still is). My mom swears he got that from me. His dad can sleep through a storm. Me on the other hand, I would wake up at the slightest sound. So I guess apples really do not fall far from the apple tree.
A new mom absolutely needs this for those last-minute orders or things she did not think she needed, but now requires them at short notice. I believe Amazon Prime is a very thoughtful gift especially because it is fast and free delivery at no minimum order requirement. It’d also give her access to thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Video. You can give the gift of Amazon Prime for 3-months at $39 or for 12-months at $119. If she is already a Prime member, the gift can be exchanged for an Amazon.com Gift Card in the value of the original gift purchase price plus any applicable sales taxes paid. This is a brilliant gift.
Gift Certificate To The Spa/Hairstylist/Mani-Pedi
Oooooh, you did not want to see me after I had Jidenna. My hair was a total mess, partly because I was too stressed out to think about hair or going to the salon. My hair suffered due to postpartum hair loss as well, but it would have been nice to have someone give me this gift of going to the spa or hairstylist. New moms sometimes feel ugly after childbirth and it would be nice to make them feel beautiful and more like themselves again.
Meal Prep Kit/Subscription
Who would not love to save time and energy when it comes to making meals? I know I would. It’d be nice to not have to rack my brain over what to cook, as well as not having to do grocery shopping. The good thing about meal subscription services is how easy it is to customize it based on your preferences. One meal subscription service I have personally used is Hello Fresh. I love it, particularly because I can swap recipes, and can order what and when I want to. It has also got family-friendly plans.
Home Cleaning Service
This is another great gift. My house was always a mess. With Mr.O at work, and me taking care of the baby, it was a bit difficult to tidy up as I would have loved to. It would be nice to have someone do this, while my feet are up, watching Netflix while breastfeeding Jidenna at the same time. See! Killing three birds at the same time: Breastfeeding, Chilling, And A Tidy House.
I know I said my own gift should be separate from that of the baby. Well, this works either way. It takes away the guesswork from you on what the new mom would love or need. She can simply use this to purchase what she or baby needs. This is one of the best gifts I love to give and receive, regardless of what the occasion is. I also love that they do not expire.
Beauty subscription box
Another gift to make the mama feel beautiful. It’d be nice to try out new products and not even have to bother about going to the store to purchase my beauty/grooming products. I particularly love the Birchbox subscription program especially because you can choose to gift either a 3-month, 6-month or 12-month subscription.
Post-Partum Recovery Set
This is actually a no-brainer. Postpartum mamas need products that would deliver pain relief, cooling, or cleansing for mom after labor, perineal tears, stitches or hemorrhoids. This is why I love the FridaBaby Mom Postpartum Recovery Essentials Kit. You’d become her bestie if you gift her this one, and oh! you know how people call dibs on being the God-mom. I bet you this will put you first on the list.
Music/Movie Subscription Service
There is an abundance of this one. If you gift a new mama Amazon Prime Delivery, she’d get access to Prime Video. Subscription to Netflix, Spotify, Apple Music, and the likes are also not bad gifts. After all, a mama needs to relax a bit.
Other ways you can help is to ask her what she needs. You can help her load the dishwasher, fold the laundry or just keep her company. New moms need love and care as well. Public Service Announcement: This post also goes out to my friends and family out there. You now know what to get for me when I have another baby. Don’t tell me I didn’t tell you.
Hey Mamas! What gifts would you have loved to receive after you had your baby? What were the best gifts you received? Please share in the comments section below, and don’t forget to share this post and subscribe!