Mom may claim that she’s already gotten the only gift she truly wanted, but wise mates know better than that. Here are some great ideas to make the new mom in your life one happy lady!
Breastfeeding moms know that sometimes breast pumps can leave you feeling more like Bessie from the barn than a new mom. The solution? This stunning Ventana satchel from Juno Blu. The soft, spill- and stain-resistant leather bag, which makes boring old breast pump bags a thing of the past, is packed with pockets and offers an impressive amount of storage. Freshly pumped liquid gold can be stored safely in the insulated pockets (two reusable ice packs included), which will keep milk cool for up to four hours. And any supplies needing a post-pump wash-down can be stored in the “dirties” pouch. Cell phone pockets, a keyclasp and additional zippered pouches can house anything any new mom may need while out and about. Carry over the shoulder with the removable strap or forgo the strap for the handles.
Jewelry may be the way to a woman’s heart, but you put three sentimental words behind it—“Thank you, Mom”— and you’re headed to Gift Giver of the Year territory! This delicate piece is cast in fine pewter, dipped in 14k gold and says simply “mom.” Sometimes the most heart-felt sentiments are those that are unspoken.
Late-night nursing sessions call for a super-soft blanket to wrap up in, and this Crane & Canopy patterned throw delivers. The 50-inch-by-60-inch, 100 percent cotton blanket comes in two different patter options: alternating color squares with solid edges or stripes. Reversible and available in several complementary color schemes, the throw boasts the maximum softness.
For expecting moms on bedrest or new moms who are just seeking a little adult-level mental stimulation, an audiobooks.com subscription is a fabulous gift! Purchase a 1- or 2-book-a-month subscription in either a 3-month or 6-month block, and Mom can download the titles she wants to hear. A substantial library of more than 40,000 titles is easy to browse and offers classics, new releases and everything in between. When Baby starts crying, don’t worry about losing your spot; the app picks up right where you left off!
The early days post-Baby can be tricky to navigate, making convenience the utmost of importance. And if you can manage to look good, too? Well then you automatically enter the running for Mom of the Year. Get a little help in both the convenience and style departments with the Minnetonka Women’s Kilty Moccasins. The padded cushion insole is super-comfy making these slip-ons perfect for shuffling around the house between diaper changes and bottle warmings. And if Mom decides to venture out with her new bundle, the hardsole bottom can handle it. Available in a variety of colors including blue, pink, red and more.
Life Factory Water Bottle
Rule number one of breastfeeding is hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. That means that nursing Moms need to have water at the ready at all times. Gift Mom the Life Factory glass water bottle, and she’ll always have the gift of hydration. The easy-carry handle is great for portability, and the flip-top lid-and-straw combo makes knocking back 22 ounces a snap. Available in a variety of different color options, the bottle is dishwasher safe and non-toxic.
Teething Bling Necklaces
Teething babies don’t discriminate when it comes to things they gum on. And since they’re riding shotgun on Mom’s hip so much of the time, jewelry has traditional had to take cover in the jewelry box until Baby’s chompers come in. No more. Mom can maintain her fashion sense throughout the teething season with Teething Bling necklaces. The pendants are made of food-safe, phthalate-free silicon and hang from a black silk, breakaway cord, which Mom wears. Baby can gnaw to her heart’s content, and Mom can enjoy her accessories all at once. Win, win! Available in a multitude of pendant styles and options.
Blue Berry Torte Nursing Camisole and Pants
$49.90 (per piece)
If Mom is nursing, easy access and maximum comfort are two crucial factors, especially in the early baby days. To meet her needs, give her Cake! Cake Lingerie’s Blue Berry Torte nursing camisole and lounge pants are uber-soft and the perfect post-delivery lounging outfit. When Baby’s ready to eat, nursing is simple and discreet with the easy-open clips on the camisole. And for women who have yet to deliver but still need comfy loungers, the lightweight, flexible fabric grows with her belly. Robe available and sold separately for $89.90.