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18 of the Best Gifts for New Moms

Design: the Skimm | Photos: Motherfigure, Amazon
Apr 14, 2022

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If you know a new mama, you know this Mother’s Day is going to be particularly special for her, of course — but it could also be a bit stressful with a newborn in tow. That’s why we’ve rounded up gift ideas to help her have the best day possible and make new motherhood just a lil’ less overwhelming. From postpartum comfy leggings to concealer for Team No Sleep, these gifts are all about self-care and making her days a bit easier. Because it takes a village, after all.

Psst...Want more ideas? Check out all of our other Mother's Day gift guides here.

A subscription box that’ll encourage her to take some ‘me’ time…

Each box is filled with self-care products from small businesses and comes with a curated Spotify playlist. Amaze. Choose how many months you want to treat her to (up to an entire year), and a different themed box — like coffee lovers or all things floral — will be sent straight to her doorstep every month. Her new favorite delivery, coming right up. ($49.50+, Cratejoy)

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A pair of leggings that will keep her comfy and dry…

For all the postpartum drips and leaks (she knows what we’re talking about), these super absorbent, moisture-wicking, high-rise leggings are sure to keep her covered whether she’s doing a yoga class or just lounging around. She can go commando in these and not have to worry about a panty line or wearing a pad. Plus, they’re antimicrobial to fight bacteria and odor, and machine-washable. ($98, Motherfigure)

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A set of patches designed to either help her wake up or go to sleep…

We could all use a little help in those departments — but with a new baby at home, she’ll especially be in need of a little assistance with both. The Awake patch is a blend of B12, caffeine, and green tea, while the Nite Nite patch is made with melatonin, hops, and valerian root. They’re perfect for those who want to avoid taking pills. She’ll just put one on the inside of her wrist and the ingredients will slowly be released over time. Customers say they work even better than supplements they’ve tried. ($12+, Uncommon Goods)

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A stylish backpack that doesn’t look like a diaper bag…

It can be hard for a chic mom to accept that most diaper bags put function before style, so gift her this backpack that won’t make her fear her fashion-forward days are over. It’s made of durable canvas and vegan leather, has a removable diaper clutch she can wear on its own, and has a total of 10 pockets, including a laptop compartment. Plus, it has a removable changing pad. ($129, Momkindness)

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A seriously soft jumpsuit she’ll never want to change out of…

This LIVELY masterpiece is designed to go from naptime to playtime and back again. (Because it’s not just the baby who needs naps, arewerite?) It’s flattering, easy to slip on and off, and comes in two chic jewel tones. Plus it’s 100% lounge-friendly. Aka it’s got exactly zero buttons, zippers, or ties. What a concept. ($75, LIVELY)*

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A delivery that will keep her baby busy so she can take a breath…

These play kits are designed with the specific age of her baby (to the month) in mind to stimulate learning at integral moments in her lil’ one’s early development. She’ll feel confident knowing the box is pre-packed with learning toys, so she won’t have to do a ton of research on her own. Plus, while the baby is entertained by safe and sustainable things to look at and squeeze, she just might be able to take a moment of rest. Ahhh. ($80+, Lovevery)

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A lounge pant that will quickly become her new uniform…

These are made from bamboo and described by Oprah as the “softest EVER.” Good enough for us. They’re also very breathable and won’t contribute to hot flashes. Plus, they’re machine-washable and guaranteed not to pill. They come in four colors and sizes up to XXXL. We won’t blame you if you scoop up a pair for yourself too. ($108.75, Cozy Earth)

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A nursing bra that’s actually cute…

This one will give her light support for sleeping and lounging and is easily pulled to the side for nursing. The cozy ribbed fabric is stretchy and soft but also durable and can be machine washed. It comes in four colors and sizes up to 3X. ($48, Storq)

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A clean makeup starter kit to streamline her morning routine…

She’ll get lip balm, lip gloss, mascara, and deodorant — so basically everything she’ll need to feel ready for the day in five minutes flat. All the products are made with natural ingredients, without extra oils, silicones, or sulfates. Take it from us, the lip balm is one of the best we’ve ever tried; it’s packed with hyaluronic acid and even kept our lips hydrated while skiing. And the natural deodorant is the perfect foray into non-aluminum odor-fighting; it’s kept us dry and smelling fresh for long workdays into nighttime drinks. ($29, Kosas)

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A set of nursing pillows to soothe any soreness…

She can pop these in the microwave or store them in the freezer and use after nursing to relieve any discomfort. One side is velour and the other is jersey, so she can choose whatever feels better to her. They’re all-natural and filled with flax seeds rather than gel. Customers say warming them up and applying really helped with clogged ducts. Ah, sweet relief. ($19.99, Amazon)

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A comfy-cute bra designed for mess-free, stress-free nursing…

Whether she’s at home or on the go. LIVELY’s maternity bralette is made with lightweight, breathable mesh fabric that comes in four unique shades. And it’s designed with easy drop-down cups so you don’t have to wardrobe-change for every feed. Plus adjustable straps for a lil’ extra lift and support. ($45, LIVELY)*

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A journal so she won’t forget a precious moment…

This gorgeous linen-bound journal has pages for her to record all the important details, from her child’s birth story to how she’s feeling on a daily basis — and even has a place for the baby’s footprints. It’s got space to record memories until her kiddo is 18. It comes in a range of colors to choose from, and customers say it also makes a great baby shower gift. ($38.49, Amazon)

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An ice roller to help her wake up and depuff…

She can stash this in the freezer and pull it out to use in the morning on freshly cleansed skin to help relieve any puffiness from a less-than-restful night’s sleep. She can also use it while wearing a face mask to increase absorption of the serums and further calm the skin. Plus, the fun colors are enough to brighten her day. Customers say it’s also great for sinus pressure or headaches. ($18.99, Amazon)

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An espresso machine, because she’s going to need some caffeine…

Coffee makes the world go ‘round, especially when you’ve got a newborn keeping you up through the night. With this sleek Nespresso, she can just pop in a pod, and with the touch of a button, enjoy an expert-brewed espresso every time. The sleek machine won’t take up a ton of counter space, and it comes in three colors (cherry red, light gray, and black). Customers agree it’s extremely easy to use. ($134, Amazon)

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A pair of high-rise leggings she’ll never want to take off…

Lululemon Aligns have reached cult status thanks to being insanely comfortable, but they also make for excellent postpartum leggings. She’ll want to live in their buttery fabric, and if she’s trying to get back into exercising, they’re perfect for yoga as well — plus the high-rise waistband will keep her supported. They come in a ton of fun patterns and colors, three lengths, and sizes up to 20. ($98, Lululemon)

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A pack of liners to soothe things down there…

These full-length pads are made with medicated witch hazel to promote soothing and healing in the most sensitive areas post-birth. They can even be put in the fridge for a cooling sensation. Reviews note that they’re not irritating at all and are great for those who had tears during childbirth. ($11.97, Amazon)

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A belly wrap to help her get her core strength back…

Whether she had a vaginal birth or C-section, wearing this will not only strengthen the stomach muscles but also prevent back pain and improve her posture throughout the day. It has three separate enclosures for the upper, middle, and lower abdomen, an elasticized pressure band so she can adjust the compression, and back boning to prevent slouching. Customers say it also lends terrific support during breastfeeding. ($22.05, Amazon)

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A dress she can wear from the couch to a picnic and back…

With a midi length and empire waist, this dress is sure to make her feel confident and cute, while at the same time insanely comfortable. She’ll find herself grabbing for this instead of her old sweatpants day after day, especially in the summer when it’s too hot to wear anything that’s not breezy. Plus, the neckline is nursing-friendly. Customers love that it can be dressed up or down. Win-win. Use code SKIMM15 to take 15% off your first order. ($198, Hatch)

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