Best And Most Practical Gifts For New Mums
Mums & Bubs
Becoming a mother is a selfless, exhausting and extremely rewarding moment in a woman’s life so we’re of the belief that new mums deserve something super special to help them start their journey. Whether it's something practical to make her life as a new mum simpler, extravagant and pretty because she has earned a treat, or something to help her navigate this new chapter in life, we’ve rounded up our favourite gift ideas for new mums.
And if you turn up to deliver it with an offer to hold the baby while she eats or showers, we guarantee that your efforts will be remembered for years to come!
The new mama will be on “baby call” for the next 6-12 months with an endless cycle of eat, feed, change a million nappies, repeat! There will be mess and toys everywhere with limited time to deal with it. A lovely and helpful idea for new mums is a cleaning voucher. You can even do the groundwork for her and research some good cleaners in the area via Google or Air Tasker.
You could also purchase a voucher from companies like UrbanYou which can be used to book any cleaning, gardening, or handyman service from a network of trusted, pre-screened service professionals.
Food, Food and more Food
One of the best gifts I ever received was from my mother in law. She hand-delivered home baked treats in the form of home baked treats hand-delivered to the hospital, because who can really fathom hospital food for 4 nights straight? They were these delectable mini croissants (called kifli in Macedonian) oozing with cheese and they were “mini” for a reason- the type you can pick up with one hand whilst attending to baby 24-7 with the other hand. If you’re good at baking, any savoury or sweet treats and snacks that are easy to store and eat (with one hand of course) will be greatly appreciated.
Most new mums are lucky to get out of their PJ's most days, so the thought of getting dressed, packing baby essentials, working out what to feed the fam, and tackling a grocery list with a screaming baby is overwhelming. A fresh food or meal subscription service like HelloFresh will be her saviour for the next 6 or 12 months. With HelloFresh, new mums don’t need to face the supermarkets as fresh ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes will be delivered to their door.
Having a baby unquestionably alters people’s eating routine - think you can still stick to your 7pm seating for dinner with your partner? Generally you are scoffing a meal when the baby sleeps, or attempting to eat a one-handed meal while the baby sleeps on you. Understandably, convenience take priority over nutrition. According to a survey of new parents by 1 in 4new parents cited lack of time as the number-one obstacle to having balanced eating habits. Eating at irregular times was the most common negative effect on respondents, with many turning to less healthy alternatives. Nearly half of the people who started eating at irregular times state they felt more stressed and depressed, and lacked energy. The study also revealed that new parents unwillingly gain weight following the birth of their child, and it's not just mums, dads are prone to gaining a few kilos (hello dad-bod!)
Tom Rutledge, father of three and Founder and CEO of HelloFresh Australia, said: “Wherever you are in your life journey, there are major events that can have an effect on dietary habits. At HelloFresh, we pride ourselves in helping people to lead a healthier lifestyle. We make it easy for everyone to enjoy wholesome, homemade meals with no hassle, and to spark the enthusiasm for better eating. There is no better time to make a change and improve eating habits than right now!”
We think gifting a subscription is the perfect helping hand for new mums and also gives them the peace of mind that their dinners will be wholesome and packed with taste. After all, the carer needs to be taken care of too. HelloFresh have a special discount for our readers.
Special offer for ellaslist! Receive 40% off your first box. The code is ELLASLIST40. Order your HelloFresh meal kit here.
And if your friend has just survived 9 months without Japanese food (and they are a fan), delivering some high quality sashimi and sushi will go down a treat (I was besotted when my husband came with a tray from Azuma after my second born). Same goes for soft cheese, cold meats - anything that the new mum was deprived of for that long. Deliver it...STAT!
So whether you want to bake some goodies, deliver some seriously good takeaway or provide an awesome meal subscription, food will provide much needed energy and feel-good feasting for the new mumma!
Well Thought-out Hamper
Any new mum loves receiving new flesh florals to help her room smell lovely and show her there is something fresh outside of those 4 hospital room walls. But whilst spending a small fortune on florals is tempting, that excitement will likely last a day and then she has to worry about transporting the flowers back home, feeding them, trimming them, washing vases etc etc (not ideal for a new and busy mumma).
You can still make her room look uber pretty with a carefully selected hamper.
Start with a decent box/crate/basket that she will definitely re-use when the new Bub is a toddler (and has a thousand toys to organise). Try Ikea, Howard’s Storage or even The Reject Shop has some goodies. You can then add anything in it from soft toys, clothes, cute shoes, socks, hair bows, nappy wipes, baby lotions, books, and don’t forget nappies (the new baby will go through on average 1,800 nappies in its first year of life). Throw in a soft bear, some cellophane and ribbon and you have just provided a pretty package for the new mum and bub.
You could put together a “not so fancy” gift box of super boring but essential “‘medical” supplies that every mum needs at some point. Think baby Panadol, Fess spray, a baby thermometer, Gastrolite, nail scissors etc. It will save the new mum late night/stupidly early chemist runs when baby inevitably goes through various colds in the first year.
A Gift For The New Mum
Not all postpartum gifts have to be for the new bub, a wonderful way to celebrate the new mum is treating her to a gift that will make her feel a little pampered (she will need it in the coming weeks and months).
You could gift her bubble bath and bath salts, her favourite chocolate or doughnuts, indulgent candle, a facial or massage voucher at her favourite spa or some super pretty PJ's or loungewear which she will basically live in for the next 6 months (and won’t be so mortified when visitors come calling).
She will need to be awake A LOT so her favourite coffee pods or a voucher for a local cafe would provide a lovely gift. Plus, there are going to be long stretches when she’s at home on her own, so a TV subscription will give her plenty to watch while feeding through the day and night.
We just love the idea of pampering the new mama a little!
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